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Old Girl Scout Songs

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BARGES
CANOE PADDLE
EACH CAMPFIRE LIGHTS ANEW
GIRL SCOUTS TOGETHER
HERE WE ARE
I CAN SAIL
I LOVE THE DAFFODILS
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
OUR CHALET
PEACE I ASK OF THEE OH RIVER
RISE AND SHINE
TALL TIMBERS
WE ARE CALLED THE GIRL SCOUTS
WEAVE
WHEN E'RE YOU MAKE A PROMISE
WHO CAN SAIL


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In Mudcat MIDIs:
Brownie Smile Song [Harriet F. Heywood]


GUEST,Ebor Fiddler 11 Aug 18 - 06:28 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 11 Aug 18 - 05:02 PM
Haruo 09 Aug 18 - 12:33 AM
GUEST,Mary Ann 08 Aug 18 - 02:51 PM
GUEST,judith Malone 14 Jul 17 - 11:55 AM
GUEST 13 May 17 - 04:35 PM
Joe Offer 17 Nov 15 - 02:01 PM
Joe Offer 19 Mar 15 - 03:02 AM
GUEST,# 18 Mar 15 - 02:54 PM
GUEST 18 Mar 15 - 02:51 PM
GUEST,Theresa - Nassau Council of Girl Scouts 24 Sep 14 - 12:06 PM
GUEST,GUEST. Great Blue Heron Council 16 Apr 14 - 02:15 PM
GUEST,Lightn'n of Camp Whispering Pines near Naco 14 Apr 14 - 11:58 AM
Haruo 05 Dec 13 - 02:14 PM
GUEST,Cricket 04 Dec 13 - 11:45 PM
Bettynh 28 Oct 13 - 02:31 PM
GUEST,katie 28 Oct 13 - 01:13 PM
Haruo 22 Aug 13 - 01:02 AM
GUEST,Sierra 19 Aug 13 - 12:55 AM
olddude 13 Apr 12 - 08:41 PM
GUEST,Hope Page 13 Apr 12 - 07:30 PM
GUEST,Ole Gal 09 Feb 12 - 11:34 AM
GUEST 13 Oct 11 - 11:06 PM
GUEST 12 Sep 11 - 05:11 PM
GUEST 23 Nov 10 - 07:17 AM
Bettynh 14 Apr 10 - 07:56 AM
GUEST,Melissa 20 Apr 08 - 11:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Ebor Fiddler
Date: 11 Aug 18 - 06:28 PM

In reverse- I've just posted in that very thread how I learned the song before I was five, at Girl Guide camps in England. I was not an official member of course as I don't have the requisite number of ovaries (ie, none). I still sing it some years later, with additional verses.
I was later a Boy Scout, before shorts were abolished and the organisation became a middle class baby-sitting service, and they never sang the good stuff that the girls sang. The love of singing which I got from camping with my mum's Guides never left me, which accounts for my dive into Folk Clubs when I left school and most of my life until now. Go Girls and sing!


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 11 Aug 18 - 05:02 PM

Just want to point out, from my childhood at Girl Scout Camp,
that we sang the 'Donkey Riding' song
which has its own Mudcat thread.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 09 Aug 18 - 12:33 AM

Sounds like a misspelling/mispronunciation of the name of the Shoshone woman, usually spelled more like Sacajawea or Sakakawea and pronounced like "sack o' juh-we’-uh", who helped guide the Lewis and Clark Expedition across the Rocky Mountains can. 1804.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Mary Ann
Date: 08 Aug 18 - 02:51 PM

Hope someone can recite more of this old Girl Scout song: O' re the open road we plod along, scouts are we, scouts are we. May Saqualajia hear our song, scouts are we.
... and I wonder who Saqualajia was??


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,judith Malone
Date: 14 Jul 17 - 11:55 AM

Does anyone have music and lyrics to a song we learned for the 1966 ( i think that the date) Roundup in Coeur D'Alene.

Look wider still

When you think you are looking wide,
Look wider still.
Behold the world that lies outside
Your windowsill.

email to: judyannmalonealone@gmail.com


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 17 - 04:35 PM

White wings, they never grow weary, they carry me (word I can't remember here) over the sea.
Night comes I long for my deary I spread out my white wings and sail home to thee.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Nov 15 - 02:01 PM

I came across this YouTube channel in my search for recordings of "The Wonderful Crocodile." They don't have the wonderful one, but they do have a good crocodile song. Lots of good performances of Girl Scout songs here:


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Subject: ADD: Going on a Bear Hunt
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Mar 15 - 03:02 AM

I think the bear song requested is Goin' on a Bear Hunt. I've never heard two people sing this the same. Heck, I don't think I've ever sung it the same way twice myself. Once you have the general idea, make it up as you go along.
-Joe-

GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

(Leader)
We're going on a bear hunt!
(Group)
We're going on a bear hunt!
We're gonna catch a big one!
We're gonna catch a big one!
I'm not afraid!
I'm not afraid!
Are you?
Are you?
Not me!
Not me!
Here comes the gate
" " (Group Echos)
Now we're on a bear hunt " "
We're gonna catch a big one " "
I'm not afraid " "
Are you? " " Not me! " "
We're coming to a tall mountain " "
It sure is high " "
It sure is wide " "
Let's climb up it " "
Well, there's nothing over there " "
Nothing over there " "
Nothing back there " "
Hey! Wait! I think I see something
Quick! Everybody run down!

We're going on a bear hunt!
We're going on a bear hunt!
We're gonna catch a big one!
We're gonna catch a big one!
I'm not afraid!
I'm not afraid!
Are you?
Are you?
Not me!
Not me!
We're going thru the tall grass " "
We're going thru the short grass " "
Hey! Look! There's a little tree " "
Well, let's shinny on up it
Whoa! It gets a little skinny up here at the top
See anything over that way? " "
Anything over that way?, Uh, oh!,
Oh, no! Whoa! Agh! let's get down!

We're going on a bear hunt!
We're going on a bear hunt!
We're gonna catch a big one!
We're gonna catch a big one!
I'm not afraid!
I'm not afraid!
Are you?
Are you?
Not me!
Not me!
Oh, no! " "
It's a big puddle of mud " "
Can't go around it " "
Gotta go right thru it " "
Yeuk! " "
Well, let's go.
Squish, Sqwish, Blaaahh.

We're going on a bear hunt!
We're going on a bear hunt!
We're gonna catch a big one!
We're gonna catch a big one!
I'm not afraid!
I'm not afraid!
Are you?
Are you?
Not me!
Not me!
We're coming to a wide river " "
And there's no bridge going over it " "
No tunnel going under it " "
It's just plain old water " "
And we're gonna have to swim " "
All right, dive in!
Start swimming
Do the back stroke
Do the side stroke
Do the doggie paddle
Try the little cat paddle
OK Jump out, shake yourself off

We're going on a bear hunt!
We're going on a bear hunt!
We're gonna catch a big one!
We're gonna catch a big one!
I'm not afraid!
I'm not afraid!
Are you?
Are you?
Not me!
Not me!
Shhh, it's a cave " "
Looks like the kind of cave that B-bears live in " "
I don't know if I want to go in there
You think we oughta go in?
Are you nuts?
There's probably a bear in there
All right I'll go in, You stay here,
And if I find a bear, I'll come out and get you
And we'll all go in and grab him together
Now, quiet, don't make a sound while I'm in that cave,
Cuz if you wake him up, I'll be in trouble
Bears are awful ornery when they first wake up, you know
OK, I'm going on in
Oooo, It's dark in here
It's really dark in here
I can't see a thing
Agh, there's spiders webs
Ooo, what was that???
What's this??.... it's soft, uh oh,it's kind of fuzzy
Ahg!!!!!!!!! Run! Everybody run!!
I saw a bear!!!!
Jump in the water! Swim fast!!
Do the backstroke!
The sidestroke, the doggie paddle
Jump out of the water
Run through the mud!
Forget the tree!!
Go through the tall grass
The short grass
Quick! Go up the mountain
Down the other side
Go thru the gate
Into the house, under the bed
Under the pillow
Hide!!!!!
Uh, it's awful quiet around here
I'm not afraid
I'm not afraid
Are you?
Are you?

3/18/2015 The Bear Hunt Words & Lyrics
http://www.timmyabell.com/music/lyrics/ol/bearhunt.htm 2/4

...and another...

Goin' On a Lion Hunt
Audience echoes each line and sets up clap/lap-slapping rhythm.
Goin' on a lion hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?
Mud!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. [Make sloshing sounds and move hands as if slogging.]

Following verses:
Sticks. [Snap fingers.]
Tree. [Make gestures climbing up and down.]
Gate. [Make gate-opening gestures.]
River. [Make swimming gestures.]
Cave. [Go in it and find lion. Reverse all motions quickly to get home.

http://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/going-on-a-lion-hunt.html


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,#
Date: 18 Mar 15 - 02:54 PM

http://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/imetabear.html

Is that it, Guest?


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 15 - 02:51 PM

Girl Scout Camp Marapai, Prescott AZ. in the 50s Trying to find the song where we went on a pretend hike walking through the meadow, I think there was a tree, a lake and a bear and you would start out slow slapping your thighs with your hands, almost like marching through the woods, then it got a little faster but then you would have to run back real fast repeating everything you did like climbing the tree etc, til you got home. Anyone have a clue what I mean Coral Bells and Make New Friends were also my favorites. Gosh I miss those days.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Theresa - Nassau Council of Girl Scouts
Date: 24 Sep 14 - 12:06 PM

The little sticks are Lemmi Sticks (or Lummi sticks, depending on which camp you went to). The bigger sticks are a Filipino folk dance done to anything with a good 3/4 beat.

Most of the songs everyone is talking about are still being sung, because we pass down what we know to younger Girl Scouts. Yes, Old Girl Scouts (those 18 and up) do sit and sing around fires, even into our 90's.

The thing to do is go to GirlScouts.org and use the Council Finder, or call 411, and tell your local council you want to volunteer, especially in outdoor programming. While teaching girls and adults to enjoy outdoor activities, you can be teaching and sharing songs, and be sure to build a campfire at night.

If camp isn't your thing, volunteer anyway and tell the member services director you want to sing--there are probably in-town workshops. We've even sung around a single log wrapped in Christmas lights.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,GUEST. Great Blue Heron Council
Date: 16 Apr 14 - 02:15 PM

I was in Girl Scouts in the mid 60's early 70's. Does anyone remember a dance where two girls knelt each holding the end of a long stick (approximately 6 feet long) that held horizontally, close to the floor, about 18" apart? The sticks were rapped twice on the floor and then brought together about 3" off of the floor. The "dancer" would dance between the sticks when they were rapped on the floor, and then out when the sticks were brought together.
We also sat on the floor, and using shorter sticks, singing the same rhythmical songs, played a kind of "patty-cake".
Does anyone remember this, and can you tell me where to get more info?
Thanks


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Lightn'n of Camp Whispering Pines near Naco
Date: 14 Apr 14 - 11:58 AM

One of your guests mentions a beautiful piece sung in the moonlight. I once had an old GS pocket songbook unearthed in a church closet in about 1967 that had the words and music, but I lost it. I think it might have been originally in Italian, but don't remember for sure. It starts out
"The silver moon is shining .......outside my ...window
..something about "when you're not with me"
it had a haunting melody, the English words didn't rhyme that well, so I think it was a translation after all. I have been wishing to find that song again. There are so many that filled my life as I wore my mom's GS pin and was involved from Brownies in the 50's to post HS as a camp counselor in '67 and '68. 'Married in 1970 and finally had a daughter in 1978 to pass her grandmother's pin to (after a couple of boys). During the last couple of years of my mom's 89 years, she would ask me to "google" songs for her. Her favorite seemed to be Walk, Shepherdess Walk, which makes sense. I think it was written in the 30's. I called one morning to tell her I'd be visiting her within the hour (I work nights) and she said "Please don't plan on 'cleaning' my apartment. She was so afraid I'd throw away her stuff. I told her no, I'm bringing my guitar and we're singing GS songs. She was the happiest I had seen her in a long time. We are going to take her ashes to Hawaii this month since the happiest years of her life were her early childhood in Honolulu from about 1926-1933


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 02:14 PM

I read Cricket's post to Mrs. Haruo and she burst into song, then repeated it with hand motions, meanwhile rolling her eyes...


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Cricket
Date: 04 Dec 13 - 11:45 PM

Joe, how wonderful that someone else remembers the Brownie Smile Song! I was a Brownie in the early sixties and stayed in Girl Scouts through Senior Girl Scouts. The Brownies in Michigan certainly knew that song and sang it a lot. It's so wonderful to connect with other people who love these songs.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Bettynh
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 02:31 PM

Welcome to Mudcat, Katie. Here's hoping you join us.

Joe Offer listed this in his index of Sing Together, A Girl Scout Songbook. (Click on the blue underlined words to see it). I found that by searching Mudcat (in the search box at the top of the messages list for the lyrics "lord's my shepherd").

You can buy a used copy of that book for less than $20 at Amazon. Just be sure you order the 1973 version.

Youtube has many versions of this song. The tune I remember best is here. but the words are a bit fuzzy. Is this the tune you're looking for?


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,katie
Date: 28 Oct 13 - 01:13 PM

I am looking for an old Girl Scout song we sang in the mid 50s. It was from the 23rd Psalm and song in harmony. I can't find it anywhere. Any suggestions?


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 22 Aug 13 - 01:02 AM

If you feel like typing them in, type away! Someone is almost always interested in such stuff hereabouts.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Sierra
Date: 19 Aug 13 - 12:55 AM

I just found this site while looking up the words to the CAMP SUGAR PINE SONG for a friend.

The 3rd line is:

"The squirrels keep their rest in sleep" (Each bird is in his nest)

If you are all still interested, I have volumes of Girl Scout camp songs.   I went to camp every year, then was a counselor, studied music and became a music teacher.   I actually used many old Girl Scout songs for my school choirs!

This site brought back many great memories!


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: olddude
Date: 13 Apr 12 - 08:41 PM

how about black socks they never get dirty the longer you wear them the blacker they get

someday, maybe I'll wash them but somehow I think that I won't do it yet ...

remember that one, it is a girl scout song


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Hope Page
Date: 13 Apr 12 - 07:30 PM

Debbie: I was a camper at Camp Sugar Pine in the mid 50s. Do you remember a song we used to sing each night.
Goodnight Camp Sugar Pine
The sun sets in the West
This third line I can't remember and it's driving me crazy.
Each bird is in its nest.

Goodnight Camp Sugar Pine
The sky with stars is bright.
The watch they'll keep while we're asleep
Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight.

If you can remember that third line, I would be ever so grateful.
Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Ole Gal
Date: 09 Feb 12 - 11:34 AM

Does your (chewn(choon)(chung) gum lose it's flavor on the bedpost every night
If you chew it in the mornining will it be too hard to bite
Can't you see I'm going crazy
Won't somebody set me right
Does your chewn gum lose it's flavor on the bedpost every night.

A girl scout song yes;two people, and the thing was to sing it immediately and faster each following try. The last one to sing it without making a mistake was the winner

WWII Girl Scout


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 11:06 PM

A friend was singing the most beautiful song tonight while we looked at the moon - it told the story of one person speaking to another about their love. at the end the "narrator" had given his/her heart to the other, who now had two hearts. it was maybe 3 verses long. my friend announced that it was an old girl scouts song from the 1950s. i suppose i could ask him what it was called, but i wanted to see if i could locate it myself. i am having no luck....


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 05:11 PM

i didnt know it as a girl scout song. we did it in a church group.
'if i were not a mennonite i know just what i'd be, if i were not a mennonite a stewardess i'd be crying: coffee sir, tea sir, have a paper bag blech.
next person: chicken farmer crying: pluck a chicken, pluck a chicken, wring its scrawny neck hehe
Icecream scooper: ooshy gooshy ooshy gooshy good ice cream -slurp-
baby doll: hi mommy, hi daddy, i love you -razzbery noise-
farmers wife: c'mom bessie give, the baby's gotta live

by the end each person is doing their chant all at once

very funny
i know there are more verses, but thats all i can remember, thats why i was looking for the same song--hopeing someone knew more of it


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Nov 10 - 07:17 AM

mandy was a bahama girl


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Bettynh
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 07:56 AM

This always felt like part of a song:

Where does the wind come from, does anybody know?
Where does the wind come from before (s)he starts to blow?
On Saturday night where does (s)he hang his(her) hat?
Does anybody know where the wind is at?
Where does the wind come from, does anybody know-o-o-oo-o-o

The gender of the wind was a point of discussion. We were Girl Scouts. ;-)

Usually we'd immediately follow with "Desert's Silvery Blue" (discussed here) which has a very similar tune.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Melissa
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 11:36 PM

It's good to have another scout around!


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,idebbi
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 11:32 PM

when i was in girl scouts in the early 60's all the CITs (counselors-in-training)and counselors at camp sugar pine in the calif sierras had small binders where we wrote the words to each camp song we knew....those with guitar skills also recorded the chords to accompany the songs....my binder was bulging....the covers splayed outwards....it was probably 5 inches thick....i treasured that book!!....alas....when my own kids were in scouts i loaned it to another scout mother who wanted to start a song fest....the last i heard of it, she left it on a table in a park....it was never seen again....sigh....

wouldn't i love to have it today for responding to requests on this site....instead of relying on my 60+ yr old memory....


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: open mike
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 10:32 PM

old girl scouts just want more comforts while camping!

I just got a girl scout song book from my cousin who
is going thru her deceased mother's posessions. This
little book is called "Scoutenanny!" and was printed in
Illinois..probably in the '60's I see no date in it.

It has 64 pages, with songs from A-Jogging along
(Hi, Come along Jim along Josie, Hi come along jim along Joe)\
to Zum Gali Gali--including Waltzing Matilda, White Coral Bells,

It makes me regret not singing more to my children as they were
growing up.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Genie
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 08:41 PM

Actually, I didn't realize there was such thing as an "old Girl Scout." I thought the upper age limit was, like, 18 or something.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Mandy
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 01:32 PM

The Browny Smile Song By Harriet F. Haywood has been around a long time. Does anyone know how ong? What Year was it forst uded by the Girl Scouts?

Mandy


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Nana (camp name) Washington State
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 02:16 AM

Clueless Don-
The lyrics to the song 'The Crocodile' go like this:
She sailed away on a sunny, summer day on the back of a Crocodile.
"You can see," said she, "He's as tame as he can be, I'll ride him down the Nile." The Croc winked his eye as she waved them all good-bye, waring a happy smile. At the end of the ride, the lady was inside and the smile was on the Crocodile.
It can be found in a little Girl Scout song book entitled; Melinda Caroll Presents Girl Scouts Greatest Hits, Pocket Songbook of Vol's 1-6 and A World of Peace (2003) This little puppy has many of the songs mentioned in this thread.

Sondra


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 23 Jul 06 - 07:51 AM

Really Old Scout

Both Mandy Was a Little Bahama Girl and Babes in the Wood are in the Digital Tradition. Use the lyric seach box at the top of the page.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Anne Lister
Date: 22 Jul 06 - 06:06 PM

Don't know about Mandy, but the two children in the woods - is that Babes in the Wood? ("Pretty babes in the wood, oh don't you remember the babes in the wood").

Anne


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Cathie
Date: 22 Jul 06 - 09:58 AM

'The quarter masters stores' was a favourite British song.

There was Jenny Jenny,
dying to spend a penny
in the stores, in the stores,
There was Jenny Jenny,
dying to spend a penny
in the quarter master's stores.

My eyes are dim,I cannot see,
I have not brought my specs with me
I have not brought my specs with me.

There was Mary, Mary,
looking very hairy
in the stores etc etc

Active song writing round the camp fire.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Really old scout
Date: 22 Jul 06 - 09:42 AM

Barges brought me to this site. The western PA Girl Scout camp songs (c. 1962) I'm looking for are:

Mandy

and

a song about two children lost in the woods.

Anybody remember these ballads?


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 06 - 01:33 PM

When does a Cub Scout become a Boy Scout?

When he's old enough to eat a Brownie.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 27 Jun 06 - 01:13 PM

Kelly - The other day I saw a bear is in the Digital Tradition as the other day I met a bear.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Scoville
Date: 27 Jun 06 - 12:21 PM

My mother still has her Girl Scout songbooks and occasionally will mention something she learned when she was in scouts, but the only one she sings on a regular basis is "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun", which she learned from some girls from New Orleans at a gathering in Wyoming in 1965. I've seen that mentioned before. Try it. It's weird the first couple of times and then it sounds perfectly normal.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 06 - 11:16 PM

Read this thread while getting ready to teach a lesson on water for Scouts at day camp.   Looking for "Peace, I ask of thee o river", and found this treasure. Now I am really in the mood for camp with Brownies tomorrow.   One of my favorites was a call and response...The other day, the other day, I saw a bear, I saw a bear, out in the woods, away out there.   A lot of other adventures happened to the bear...who knows the rest?    Kelly


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Apr 06 - 01:10 PM

Don-

Now you are Les' Clueless!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: clueless don
Date: 12 Apr 06 - 11:22 AM

Thanks Charley! I had never heard of a limerick called "The Lady from Niger", but I have led rather a sheltered life, I suppose.

I just googled it, and it isn't one I had ever heard before. Thanks for adding to my education!

Don


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Apr 06 - 08:23 AM

Clueless Don-

Just in case you're checking in after a year, the fragment about the lady riding the crocodile down the Nile seems to follow the same basic plot as the more well known limerick "The Lady from Niger" who ending up inside a tiger, which don't exist in Niger (unless there is a zoo there) but not to worry it's the message that's important.

Apparently Tom Lehrer never penned an affirmative action ditty to his imfamous "Be Prepared" the boyscounts' marching song.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,WOL
Date: 11 Apr 06 - 10:54 AM

Hi Rena,
I learned "Ho,Young Rider" just as you did, except in the Girl Scouts. A friend of mine who is expert in Europeon songs found another verse. The two are arranged differently & go like this: Ho, young rider, apple-cheeked on, whither riding? On your steed so fine & prancing whither riding? What matters where I ride? Slovak mountains are my pride   Dusa moja
Ho, young rider, apple-cheeked one Whither riding? On your steed, so black & handsome. Whither riding? What matters where I roam? Slovak mountains are my home. Dusa moja, dusa moja. Hey!

He said dusa moja translates to "my love". The words seem to be Slovak. The tune dates to around 1607 & is the same family as "Hey Ho Nobody Home". So the tune is about 400 years old. I arrange the verses however I like, with the first verse as we learned it.
I hope this is helpful.
Best regards, WOL


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Subject: RE: lyric add: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: itsRena
Date: 08 Feb 06 - 08:09 PM

just want to say that finding this site a few weeks ago was a true thrill! I just signed up as a memberAnd you all have been very helpfull with song research that I'm doing. I'm not a girl scout but a 1960's campfire girl from Camp Nawakwa in so.Cal. As a [I went by 'Sam'] campfire girl I just want to say that I see that we all love & sing many of the same songs.

One of my favorites is what I remember calling 'Above a Plain' someone in this thread I believe it is called, mentioned it but can't remember who. . .
Here is how I sing it:

Above a a plain of golden and green
a young boy's head is planly seen

Awh, who-yah-who-yah-who-yah-yah
swiftly flowing water
Awh, who-yah-who-yah-who-yah-yah
swiftly flowing water (la-beh-e)sp?

But notice not his lifted head
'tis Ifka's castle spire instead

Awh, who-yah-who-yah-who-yah-yah
swiftly flowing water
Awh, who-yah-who-yah-who-yah-yah
swiftly flowing water (la-beh-e)sp?

---I sing it in rounds---

Also,
I've not seen mentioned. . .

'Ho! Young Rider'

Here is how I sing this one:

Ho! young Rider apple-cheeked one
wither riding?
on your sted so black and prancing
wither riding?
what matters where I ride
slovoc mountians are my pride

dusa moja, dusa moja

I just repeat it over and over and over. . .

I really would love it if anyone knows any other verses or info on where these originally come from, or author or anything. ..

Thanks in advance
glad to be abord!
rena

Apple-Cheeked Rider

Above a Plain


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 20 Apr 05 - 06:54 AM

I remember one I used to sing that started off...
Land of the Silver Birch, Home of the beaver
Where still the mighty moose, wanders at will,
Blue Lake and Rocky shore,
I will return once more,
Boomdidlyidi, boomdidlyidi, boomdidlyidi, boom...

Can't remember the rest though....any ideas?


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: NH Dave
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 11:48 PM

This seems to be many of the verses originally requested.

[Tune: This is the Music Concert]

    * Now I'm a [Boy/Girl] Scout, as you can plainly see.
    * But if I weren't a [Boy/Girl] Scout, ...

   1. A bird watcher I'd be
      Hark a lark, flying through the park, SPLAT!
   2. A plumber I would be
      Plunge it, flush it, look out below!
   3. A mermaid I would be
      Bloop, bloop, bloop, bloop, bloop, bloop!
   4. A carpenter I'd be
      Two by four, nail it to the floor!

   5. A secretary I'd be
      z-z-z-z get the point, z-z-z-z get the point?
   6. A teacher I would be
      Sit down, shut up, throw away your gum!
   7. An airline attendant I'd be
      Coffee, tea, or me, sir; here's your little bag, BLEH!
   8. A typist I would be
      Ticka, ticka, ticka, ticka, ticka, ticka, ZING!
   9. A hippie I would be
      Love and peace, my hair is full of grease!
10. A farmer I would be
      Here's a cow, there's a cow, and here's another yuck!
11. A laundry worker I would be
      Starchy here, starchy there, starchy in your underwear!
12. A cashier I would be
      Twenty nine, forty nine, here is your change, sir!
13. A gym teacher I'd be
      We must, we must, improve the bust!
14. A medic I would be
      Turn around, drop your pants, jab, jab, jab!
15. A doctor I would be
      Take a pill; pay my bill! I'm going golfing!
16. An electrician I would be
      Positive, negative; turn on the juice--ZZZT!
17. A fireman I would be
      Jump lady! Jump lady! Whoo-ooah! GOTCHA!
18. A cook I would be
      Mix it, bake it; heartburn--BURP!
19. A ice cream maker I'd be
      Tutti-frutti, tutti-fruitti, nice ice cream!
20. A politician I would be
      Raise the taxes, lower the pay, vote for me on election day!
21. A butcher I would be
      Chop it up, grind it up, make a little patty!
22. A garbage collector I'd be
      Lift it, dump it, sort out the goodies!
23. A [Domino's] pizza maker I'd be
      30 minute, fast delivery!
24. A clam digger I would be
      Dig one here, dig one there--Oh my frozen derriere!
25. Superman I would be
      It's a bird, it's a plane, where is Lois Lane?
26. Lois Lane I would be
      Get away, get away, get away, Clark Kent!
27. A cyclist I would be
      peddle, peddle, peddle, peddle; ring, ring, ring!
28. A truck driver I'd be
      Here's a curve, there's a curve. HERE'S A BETTER CURVE! [Makes outline of shapely woman.]
29. A house cleaner I'd be
      Ooh, a bug; squish it in the rug!
30. A baby [toddler] I would be
      Mama, Dada, I wuv you!
31. A Preacher I would be
      Well, well, you never can tell; you might go to heaven, or you might go to hell!

Finally: A [Opposite organization] Scout I would be!

Dave


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: GUEST,Melani
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 05:48 PM

I believe "Girl Scouts Together" was written in 1941 and won some kind of contest. I will have to look it up.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 09:46 PM

I know the brownie/Girl Scout smile (with hand motions) and Girl Scouts Together. Guess I forgot them when entering the first batch of girl scout songs.


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Subject: RE: Old Girl Scout Songs
From: clueless don
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 12:54 PM

I don't know if this is an "old" girl scout song, but my daughter's Brownie troop learned it from an official in our local council. I have the impression that she (i.e. the official) learned it in her girlhood. She insists on calling it "The Alligator Song", though you will see that it never mentions alligators. Here it is (with the possibility of a few mis-remembered words):

She sailed away, on a sunny summer's day,
on the back of a crocodile.

"You see", said she, "he's as tame as tame can be",
"I'll ride him down the Nile".

The croc winked his eye, as she waved her friends goodbye,
wearing a happy smile.

At the end of her ride, the lady was inside,
and the smile was on the crocodile.


Don


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