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Thread #7838   Message #1227272
Posted By: Jen M
16-Jul-04 - 06:13 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Barges (Girl Scout song)
Subject: RE: Origin of: BARGES (Girl Scout song)
It seems that there was a legend about this song that it was written by the Girl Scout who was very ill in a hospital that overlooked a river. She wrote the song about barges she watched for many hours.

Here;s the response from National Girl Scout Headquarters.

In response to that legend, there is a letter from Mrs. John Rivoire, Assistant to Director, National Equipment Services, from May 4, 1977 that says, "According to our records, the words and music were by an unknown camp counselor. The song is in the public domain and…appears in Sing Together on p. 96….I'm sorry we can't confirm the charming story…"

Hope this answers your question.