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Jerry Friedman, Songs for Scouts (57* d) RE: Songs for Scouts 18 Aug 97

I remember singing "Dunderbeck" at summer camp--suitably gruesome. Also, try searching for @teaser in the DT. Until the kids get used to singing, you might want to avoid the serious songs or stick with irresistible ones like "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".

Let's not forget "When it's Hog-Calling Time in Nebraska".

I was just now astonished to find that "birds in the wilderness" doesn't hit anything in the DT. In Dorothy Sayers's classic mystery novel and play _Busman's Honeymoon_ (c. 1938), there's to be a choral recital in the village, and the folk part of the program includes "Shenandoah" (a worthwhile suggestion for older campers, by the way--start soft and get loud) and "Down in Demerara". The characters see the latter song listed on an advance program and all start singing it, even Lord and Lady Peter Wimsey:

Here we sit like birds in the wilderness, [etc.]
Down in Demerara.

Now this old man he took and died-a-lum, [etc.]
Down in Demerara.

Is this the original of which the kybo seats and their like are parodies? Does anyone know any more about it?

Boys old enough for changed voices might enjoy "Deep River" and "The Mariners' Hymn" ("Eternal Father, strong to save...").

On a car trip a few months ago, I sang "Four Wet Pigs" to a ten-year-old girl and was "rewarded" by incessant requests during the next few days.

And now as a contribution to the DT, here's one my brother and sister learned at Red Raider Camp in Russell Twp., Ohio, in the late '60s.


What did we do when we needed corn?
Plowed and we sowed in the early morn. (repeat verse)

Chorus: Our hands are strong, our hearts are young,
Our dreams are the dreaming of all ages long.

What did we do when we needed a town?
Hammered and we nailed till the sun went down. (repeat verse)


What do we do when there's peace to be won?
More than one man has to do all alone.
We gather friends from the ends of the earth
To lend us a hand in the hour of birth.

We'll plow, we'll sow, we'll hammer and we'll nail,
We'll work all day till peace is will.*


*"till peace prevail", maybe?

Does anyone know where this song is from?

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