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Ging Gang Gooly

Alan Day 02 Sep 14 - 03:49 AM
Doug Chadwick 02 Sep 14 - 04:00 AM
Nigel Parsons 02 Sep 14 - 04:07 AM
Roger the Skiffler 02 Sep 14 - 05:34 AM
bubblyrat 02 Sep 14 - 05:42 AM
Alan Day 02 Sep 14 - 08:02 AM
GUEST 02 Sep 14 - 05:28 PM
GUEST 03 Sep 14 - 03:07 AM
Doug Chadwick 03 Sep 14 - 03:23 AM
GUEST,Rahere 03 Sep 14 - 07:43 AM
Doug Chadwick 03 Sep 14 - 10:49 AM
Doug Chadwick 03 Sep 14 - 11:02 AM
Alan Day 03 Sep 14 - 11:24 AM
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Subject: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Alan Day
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 03:49 AM

Who was or what is Ging Gang Gooly all about.
Sang by every scout does it mean anything?
Al


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 04:00 AM

Baden Powell wrote it for the first World Scout Jamboree. He deliberately used gibberish to give a song in nobody's mother-tongue and thus was international.

DC


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 04:07 AM

For a fuller Mudcat discussion, see Here

Dyb Dyb Dyb!


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 05:34 AM

Yes, definitely gibberish. When I was a boy sprout in the 1950s it amused us 'orrible small boys that naive leaders (and B-P!)didn't realise that Goolies was slang for testicles. It was more popular than B-P's attempts at getting scouts to sing Zulu chants from his army days like Eengonyama. It was sung as a round as a change from Frere Jaques or London's burning. We boys preferred Oggy Oggy Oggy, Oy oy Oy which pitted one side against the other for volume rather than musical ability- a quality that has sadly informed my subsequent attempts to sing!

RtS


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: bubblyrat
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 05:42 AM

Oggy Oggy Oggy - OY Oy Oy ; the cry of the Fleet Air Arm Field Gun Crew supporters at Earls Court military tattoos !! Much missed !!


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Alan Day
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 08:02 AM

Many thanks for the info.
Al


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 14 - 05:28 PM

DOUG -

Please give a source ... your statement is foolish.


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 03:07 AM

They dont sing it anymore. Anybody know why? Pc reason ill bet!


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 03:23 AM

DOUG -

Please give a source ... your statement is foolish.


My source is from a Campfire Leader training course run by the Scout Association which I attended in the 1970's. I have no reason to think that they were telling me a lie - Scout's Honour and all that!

There are a whole host of references out on the web which give the same or similar origin for the song.



They dont sing it anymore. Anybody know why? Pc reason ill bet!

They do.


DC


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 07:43 AM

There's a certain crossover to the Royal Engineers' Regimental Anthem - it is to be recalled that the typical RE Officer was always considered to be Mad, Married and Methodist, not necessarily in that order. That melody dates from the 1880s, well before BP's time.


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 10:49 AM

Wikipedia gives the tune as being based on a Motzart extract and I couldn't argue with that. BP wouldn't be the first and won't be the last to 'borrow' a tune from someone else.

The opening post asked for the meaning, so it is primarily the lyrics we are concerned with. Foolish or otherwise, I stand by what I wrote above in reply to the OP.

DC


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 11:02 AM

I would say that the Royal Engineers anthem is more closely related to another campfire song "Hold 'em Down You Zulu Warrior".

DC


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Subject: RE: Ging Gang Gooly
From: Alan Day
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 11:24 AM

Yes it was the words that interested me.Most of Cub and Scout base seems to have a Jungle Book connection so I just wondered if it was gobbledegook or was it someone, or something specific.
I have found the music connections very interesting however, so many thanks for all comments.
Al


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