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GUEST,Ken Brock I'm Looking for Camp Songs (22) RE: I'm Looking for Camp Songs 18 Apr 07

Before there was Rodgers and Hammerstein, before there was Rodgers and Hart, Richard Rodgers wrote some songs at Camp Paradox with Herbert Fields (later librettist to many Broadway shows, and brother of lyricist Dorothy Fields).

Among these was a parody of "The Land Where the Good Songs Go", from MISS 1917, by Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse, called "The Land Where the Camp Songs Go".

Richard Rodgers was the swimming counselor, and the lake at Camp Paradox had a floating raft. There was one particular camper, Ovid Rose, whom Rodgers encouraged to swim to the raft all summer.

Ovid Rose finally swam to the raft the day before the farewell banquet. Rodgers and Fields wrote another song for the banquet to honor the occasion:

Camp Paradox Song (Richard Rodgers and Herbert Fields, 1920)

"O" stands for Ovid, who swam to the raft.
"V" stands for "Vhy did he swim to the raft?"
"I" stands for I who seen him swim to the raft.
"D" stands for Did you see him swim to the raft.

"R" stands for the Raft out to which Ovid swam.
"O" stands for Ovid, who swam to the raft.
"S" stands for Swimming to the raft.
and "E" stands for Excellency in swimming to the raft.

Dorothy Fields (Herbert's sister and lyricist for SWING TIME, SWEET CHARITY, SEESAW and many others, performs "Camp Paradox Song" here:

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