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How did Hava Nagila get associated with hockey?

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12-07-2007, 10:33 AM
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How did Hava Nagila get associated with hockey?

There aren't many hockey rinks left with mostly organ-based entertainment (alas), but I was thinking about the usual staples and wondering how a Jewish folk song like Hava Nagila became one of those "you hear it every game" songs.

Same question about the Mexican Hat Dance too, but I would imagine that one's just "because it's lively".

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12-07-2007, 10:56 AM
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It's a clappy kind of tune. The Sharks had a guy who would sing it and did a good job at it.

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12-07-2007, 11:00 AM
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It's a nice upbeat song. Everyone knows it pretty well. You can clap to it.

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12-07-2007, 11:37 AM
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As others have noted, it's upbeat with a rising tempo that gets the crowd into it. And it's not exactly obscure - you hear it everywhere, not just Bar Mitzvahs. I know I get it in my head a few times a year and it just won't leave.

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