Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

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"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants is a part of the Canon at several CTY sites.

At most sites, a huge conga line is formed. At some sites, the tradition ends here; at others (e.g. Skidmore), however, participants run as fast as they can while linked to others, and RAs form human tunnels under which the dancers can pass. Due to the high injury rates of this practice, however, the song has been banned at Siena. At LOS, tradition varies but includes either a conga line or simply chaotic, frenzied running.

Lyrics

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you've a date in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks

Istanbul (Istanbul)
Istanbul (Istanbul)

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks

Istanbul