Rick Rambo's Wood Badge Songbook


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21 THE SWIMMING HOLE

(There is an action for each line, when you get to the end you start over leaving out the words, one line at a time, until at the end, no words.)

Swimming, Swimming, in the swimming hole,

When days are hot, when days are cold, in the swimming hole.

Breast stroke, side stroke, fancy diving too...

Don't you wish you never had anything else to do?

22 OH, SUSANNA

(Stephen Foster)

I come from Alabama, With my banjo on my knee;
I'm goin' to Louisiana, My true love for to see.
It rained all night the day I left, The weather it was dry;
The sun so hot I froze to death; Susanna, don't you cry.

Chorus:
Oh, Susanna, oh, don't you cry for me;
I've come from Alabama, With my banjo on my knee.
Oh, Susanna, oh, don't you cry for me;
I've come from Alabama, With my banjo on my knee.

I had a dream the other night, When everything was still;
I thought I saw Susanna A-commin' down the hill.
The buckwheat cake was in her mouth,
The tear was in her eye;
Says I, I'm commin' from the South; Susanna, don't you cry.

Chorus

3 Alouette

(All sing the first four lines, then the leader sings and the group repeats eg: Et la tete, (repeat:) et la tete.)

Alouette, gentilie alouette,
Alouette, jete plumerai.
Jete plumerai la tete, Jete plumerai la tete.
Et la tete, (Et la tete), Alouette; (Alouette). Ohhh!
Alouette, gentilie alouette,
Alouette, jete plumerai.
Jete plumerai le bec, Jete plumerai le bec.
Et le bec, (Et le bec).
Et la tete, (Et la tete). Alouette, (Alouette). Ohhh!
Alouette, gentilie alouette,
Alouette, jete plumerai.
Jete plumerai le nez, Jete plumerai le nez.
Et le nez, (Et le nez). Et le bec, (Et le bec).
Et la tete, (Et la tete). Alouette, (Alouette). Ohhh!

Alouette, gentilie alouette,
Alouette, jete plumerai.
Jete plumerai le cou, Jete plumerai le cou.
Et le cou, (Et le cou). Et le nez, (Et le nez).
Et le bec, (Et le bec). Et la tete, (Et la tete).
Alouette, (Alouette). Ohhh!
Alouette, gentilie alouette,

Alouette, jete plumerai.
Jete plumerai le dos, Jete plumerai le dos.
Et le dos, (Et le dos). Et le cou, (Et le cou).
Et le nez, (Et le nez). Et le bec, (Et le bec).
Et la tete, (Et la tete). Alouette, (Alouette). Ohhh!

24 WALTZING MATILDA

(Banjo Patterson)

Note: the third line of each verse becomes the third line in the Chorus.

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched, and waited till his billy boiled,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda with me."

Chorus:
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me.
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled.
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda with me!"

Down came a jumbuck to drink beside the billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and seized him with glee;
And he sang as he talked to that jumbuck in his tuckerbag;
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda with me."

Chorus

Down came the stockman, riding on his thoroughbred;
Down came the troopers one, two, three.
"Where's the jolly jumbuck, you've got in your tuckerbag?
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Chorus

Up jumped the swagman and plunged into the billabong,
"You'll never catch me alive," cried he.
And his ghost may be heard as you ride beside the billabong,
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me."

26 CLEMENTINE

In a cavern, in a canyon, Excavating for a mine,
Lived a miner, Fourty-niner, And his daughter, Clementine.

Chorus:

Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling Clementine,
You are lost and gone forever, Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

Light she was and like a fairy, And her shoes were number nine;
Herring boxes, without topses, Sandals were for Clementine.

Chorus

Drove she ducklings to the water, Ev'ry morning just at nine;
Hit her foot against a splinter, Fell into the foaming brine.

Chorus

Saw her lips above the water, Blowing bubbles, mighty fine;
But alas! I am no swimmer, So I lost my Clementine.

Chorus

In a corner of the churchyard, Where the myrtle boughs entwine,
Grow the roses and the posies, Fertilized by Clementine.

Chorus

When the miner fourty-niner, Soon began to peak and pine,
Thought he oughter "jine" his daughter, Now he's with his Clementine.

Chorus

In my dreams she still doth haunt me, Robed in garments soaked in brine,
Though in life I used to hug her, Now she's dead I draw the line.

Chorus

Now you Boy Scouts, learn a lesson, From this tragic tale of mine:
Artificial respiration would have saved My Clementine.

27 THREW IT OUT THE WINDOW

Notes: Sing as a group song using a new Mother Goose rhyme each time you sing the chorus, substituting "She threw it out the window" for the last line of each rhyme and making throwing motions with arms.
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cup-board
To get her poor dog a bone.
When she got there the cupboard was bare,
So she threw it out the window!

The window, the second story window!
With a heave and a ho and a mighty throw,
She through it out the window!

Mary had a little lamb,
It's fleece was white as snow.
And every where that mary went,
She threw it out the window!
The window, the second story window!
With a heave and a ho and a mighty throw,
She through it out the window!

Variation: Divide the group into two or more teams.One team starts by singing a rhyme. As soon as one team finishes, another starts. A team is eliminated if it fails to start singing as soon as it's turn comes.

JOHNNIE VERBECK

Once there was a Dutchman, His name was Johnnie Verbeck.
He ran a kosher deli, Selling sausages and spec.
He made the finest sausages That ever you did see.
But one day he invented, A sausage making machine.

Chorus:
Oh, Johnnie Verbeck, Oh, Johnnie Verbeck,
How could you be so mean?
I told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine.
Now all the neighbors' cats and dogs Will never more be seen,
They'll all be ground to sausages In Johnnie Verbeck's machine.

One day a little fat boy Came walking in the store,
He bought a pound of sausages And put them on the floor.
The boy began to whistle, He whistled up a tune,
And all the little sausages Went dancing 'round the room.

Chorus

One day the machine got busted, The darned thing wouldn't go.
So Johnnie Verbeck, he crawled inside to see what made it so.
Mrs. Verbeck had a nightmare, And walking in her sleep,
She gave the crank a deuce of a yank And Johnnie Verbeck was meat.

Chorus

29 MY BONNIE

Action version: Stand up on the first word that starts with a "b". Then sit down on the next "b" word and so on. The whole group should end the song sitting down.

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea.
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
Oh, bring back my bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back my bonnie to me, to me.
Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back my bonnie to me.

Variations: instead of doing the action version, sing these additional verses.

Last night as I lay on my pillow,
Last night as I lay on my bed,
I stuck my feet out of the window,
Next morning my neighbors were dead.

Bring back, bring back, Oh, bring
back my neighbors to me, to me.
Bring back, bring back, Oh, bring
back my neighbors to me.

My Bonnie leaned over the gas tank,
The height of its contents to see.
I lighted a match to assist her,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back,bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me.
Bring back,bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

My breakfast lies over the ocean,
My luncheon lies over the rail.
My supper lies in a commotion.
Won't somebody bring me a pail?

Please bring, please bring,
Oh please bring a pail to me, to me.
Please bring,please bring,
Oh please bring a pail to me.

Who knows what I had for breakfast?
Who knows what I had for tea?
Who knows what I had for supper?
Just look out the window and see.

Clams, clams, clams, clams,
Clams and ice cream don't agree with me.
Clams, clams, clams, clams,
Clams and ice cream don't agree with me.



30 SHE'LL BE COMMIN' 'ROUND THE MOUNTAIN

Sing each stanza making appropriate motions and sounds. Then at the end of each stanza, repeat all previous sounds and motions.

She'll be commin' 'round the mountain when she comes,
"Whoo, Whoo!"
She'll be commin' 'round the mountain when she comes,
"Whoo, whoo!"
She'll be commin' 'round the mountain
She'll be commin' 'round the mountain
She'll be commin' 'round the mountain when she comes,
"Whoo, whoo!"

She'll be drivin' six white horses when she comes,
"Whoa back!"
She'll be drivin' six white horses when she comes,
"Whoa back!"
She'll be drivin' six white horses
She'll be drivin' six white horses
She'll be drivin' six white horses
When she comes,
"Whoa back!, Whoo, Whoo!"

We will all go out to meet her when she comes,
Hi, Babe!"
We will all go out to meet her when she comes,
"Hi, Babe!"
We will all go out to meet her we
will all go out to meet her
We will all go out to meet her
When she comes,
"Hi, Babe!, Whoa back!, Whoo, whoo!"

We will kill the old red rooster when she comes,
Hack, Hack!"
We will kill the old red rooster when she comes,
"Hack, Hack!"
We will kill the old red rooster
We will kill the old red rooster
We will kill the old red rooster
When she comes,
"Hack, Hack!, Hi Babe!, Whoa back!, Whoo, whoo!"

We will all have chicken an' dumplings when she comes,
"Yum, Yum!"
We will all have chicken an' dumplings when she comes,
"Yum, Yum!"
We will all have chicken an' dumplings we will all have
chicken an' dumplings we will all have chicken an' dumplings
When she comes,
"Yum, Yum!, Hack Hack!, Hi Babe!,
Whoa back!, Whoo, whoo!"

31 RAVIOLI

Tune: Alouette

All: Ravioli, I like ravioli. Ravioli, it's the best for me.
Leader: Have I got it on my chin?
All: Yes, You've got it on your chin.
Leader: On my chin?
All: On your chin.

Chorus:
Oh-h-h-h-h Ravioli, I like ravioli. Ravioli, it's the best for me.

(Continue with tie, shirt, pants, shoes, floor, walls. Point to the items as each new word is added by the song leader. each time the chorus is sung, the previous verses are sung in reverse order.)

32 ROBERT BADEN POWELL

Note: when you get to the end of each verse, the appropriate body part starts moving and continues to move until the end of the song.

Robert Baden Powell had many scouts
Many scouts had Robert Baden Powell.
I am one of them, and so are you.
Let me tell you what to do...
Right arm.

Robert Baden Powell had many scouts
Many scouts had Robert Baden Powell
I am one of them, and so are you.
Let me tell you what to do...
Right arm, left arm.

Robert Baden Powell had many scouts
Many scouts had Robert Baden Powell
I am one of them, and so are you.
Let me tell you what to do...
Right arm, left arm, right leg.

Robert Baden Powell had many scouts
Many scouts had Robert Baden Powell
I am one of them, and so are you.
Let me tell you what to do...
Right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg.

Robert Baden Powell had many scouts
Many scouts had Robert Baden Powell
I am one of them, and so are you.
Let me tell you what to do...
Right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg,
Stand up, sit down, The end.

33 LITTLE BUNNY FOO-FOO

All: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, hopping through the forest,
scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head.
Down came the good Fairy, and she said: "Little Bunny Foo-Foo,
I don't want to see you, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head."

Leader: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, she said, I'm going to give you three chances, and if you continue to scoop up the field mice and bop them on the head, I'm going to turn you into a goon!
Next day...

All: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, hopping through the forest, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head. Down came the good Fairy, and she said: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, I don't want to see you, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head.

Leader: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, she said, I gave you three chances, and now you only have two left. If you continue to scoop up the field mice and bop them on the head, I'm going to turn you into a goon!
Next day...

All: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, hopping through the forest, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head. Down came the good Fairy, and she said: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, I don't want to see you, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on The head.

Leader: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, she said, I gave you three chances, and now you only have two left. If you continue to scoop up the field mice and bop them on the head, I'm going to turn you into a goon!
Next day...

All: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, hopping through the forest, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head. Down came the good Fairy, and she said: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, I don't want to see you, Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head.

Leader: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, she said, I gave you three chances, and now you only have one left. If you continue to scoop up the field mice and bop them on the head, I'm going to turn you into a goon!
Next day...

All: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, hopping through the forest, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head. Down came the good Fairy, and she said: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, I don't want to see you, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head.

Leader: Little Bunny Foo-Foo, she said, I gave you three chances, and now you've used them all up. so now I'm going to have to turn you into a goon! POOF, GOON! The moral: Hare today, Goon tomorrow!

34 THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK

Tune: "A Hunting We Will Go"

Note: First time through, Just sing the song, to be sure all know it, then when the word up is sung, everyone stands up, and when the word down is sung, everyone sits down. Go through the song several times, getting faster each time.

The Grand Old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up the hill, and
then he marched them down again.
And when they're up they're up.
And when they're down they're down,
But when they're only halfway up,
They're neither up nor down.

35 PINK PAJAMAS

Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic

I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it's hot.
I wear my flannel nighties in the winter when it's not.
And sometimes in the springtime, and sometimes in the fall,
I jump between the sheets with nothing on at all.

CHORUS:
Glory, glory, Hallelujah; Glory, glory, what's it to ya.
Balmy breezes blowing through ya, With nothing on at all.

36 SCOUTING SPIRIT

Tune: "Joy in my Heart"

I've got that Scouting Spirit, Up in my head,
Up in my head, Up in my head,
I've got that Scouting Spirit, Up in my head,
Up in my head, to stay.

I've got that Scouting Spirit, Deep in my heart,
Deep in my heart, Deep in my heart,
I've got that Scouting Spirit, Deep in my heart,
Deep in my heart, to stay.

I've got that Scouting Spirit, Down in my feet,
Down in my feet, Down in my feet,
I've got that Scouting Spirit, Down in my feet,
Down in my feet , to stay.

I've got that Scouting Spirit, All over me,
all over me, All over me,
I've got that Scouting Spirit, All over me,
All over me, to stay.

I've got that Scouting Spirit, Up in my head,
Deep in my heart, Down in my feet,
I've got that Scouting Spirit, All over me,
All over me, to stay.

37 HIKING

Tune: "Caisson Song"

Over hill, over dale, We will hit the green-wood trail,
As the Boy scouts go hiking along.
In and out, all around, You will never see us frown,
As the Boy Scouts go hiking along.
And it's hi! hi! hee! The B.S.A.'s for me,
Shout out our name and shout it strong.
Where ever we go, you will always know,
That the Boy Scouts go hiking along.

38 SHAVING CREAM

I have a sad story to tell you,
It may hurt your feelings a bit.
Last night when I walked into my bathroom,
I stepped in a big pile of ...
Shhhhhaving cream, be nice and clean,
shave every day and you'll always look keen.

A baby fell out of the window,
You'ld think that her head would be split,
But good luck was with her that morning, she fell in a barrel of...
Shhhhhaving cream, be nice and clean,
shave every day and you'll always look keen.

An old lady died in the bath tub.
She died from a terrible fit.
In order to fulfill her wishes, She was buried in six feet of...
Shhhhhaving cream, be nice and clean,
Shave every day and you'll always look keen.

I went for a hike with Troop 80,
At lunch time I looked in my kit,
I thought I would find me a sandwich,
But the darned thing was loaded with...
Shhhhhaving cream, be nice and clean,
Shave every day and you'll always look keen.

While watching a swell game of baseball,
One player got him a nice hit.
While on his way down to first base,
He stepped in a big pile of...
Shhhhhaving cream, be nice and clean,
Shave every day and you'll always look keen.

Our baby got into some peaches,
We thought he had swallowed a pit.
Next morning we looked in his diaper,
But the darned thing was loaded with...
Shhhhhaving cream, be nice and clean,
shave every day and you'll always look keen.

And now folks my story is ended,
I think it is time I should quit,
If any of you feel offended,
Stick your head in a bucket of...
Shhhhhaving cream, be nice and clean,
Shave every day and you'llalways look keen.

39 GEE, MA I WANNA GO HOME

(Old Army Song)

Note: This song needs to be personalized each time it is used. Name staffers or things particular to your specific camp experience. If you use sombody's name in the song, be sure to get their permission first, the important thing is to keep the rhythm for each stanza and have fun with it.

The biscuits that they have here
They say are mighty fine,   
But one rolled off the table
And killed a friend of mine.

Chorus: 

Oh, I don't want no more of Cooper* 
life, Gee, Ma I wanna go home.  
The staffers that they have here
The say are mighty fine,
The one that teaches swimming   
He looks like Frankenstein. 

The chicken at Camp Cooper*,
They say is mighty fine,
But once two drumsticks got up, 
And started beating time.   

*Insert camp name. These should be enough examples to get you going.   

40 OLD KING COLE

Old King Cole, was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
and he called for his Tenderfoots three.
Rooty-Tooty-Rooty-Tooty-Toot! Said the Tenderfoots,
Merry men are we!
And there's none so fair as can compare with the boys from C.P.C.

Old King Cole, was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
and he called for his Second Class three.
Ring-A-Ding Ring-A-Ding Ding, said the Second Class, Rooty-Tooty-Rooty-Tooty-Toot! said the Tenderfoots, Merry men are we!
And there's none so fair as can compare with the boys from C.P.C.

Old King Cole, was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
and he called for his First Class three.
HIIIIGH-YYYUP!! Said the First Class
Ring-A-Ding Ring-A-Ding Ding! Said the Second Class,
Rooty-Tooty-Rooty- Tooty-Toot! Said the Tenderfoots, Merry men are we!
And there's none so fair as can compare with the boys from C.P.C.

Old King Cole, was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
and he called for his Life Scouts three. Here We Go Again! Said the Life Scouts, HIIIIGH YYYUPP!! Said the First Class,
Ring-A-Ding Ring-A- Ding Ding! Said the Second Class, Rooty-Tooty-Rooty-Tooty-Toot! Said the Tenderfoots, Merry men are we!
And there's none so fair as can compare with the boys from C.P.C.

Old King Cole, was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
and he called for his Eagle Scouts three.
Where's my Big White Horse!! Said the Eagle Scouts,
Here We go again! Said the Life Scouts,
HIIIIGH YYYUPP!! Said the First Class,
Ring-A-Ding Ring-A-Ding Ding! Said the Second Class,
Rooty-Tooty- Rooty-Tooty-Toot! Said the Tenderfoots, Merry men are we!
And there's none so fair as can compare with the boys from C.P.C.

41 ROLL OUT THE BARREL

(BEER BARREL POLKA)

Roll out the barrel, We'll have a barrel of fun.
Roll out the barrel, We've got the blues on the run.
Sing boom-ta-ra-ra Sing out a song of good cheer,
Now's the time to roll the barrel For the gang's all here.

42 California Here I Come

California here I come, Right back where I started from.
Where towers of flowers bloom in the sun,
Each morning at dawning Birdies sing and everything,
A sunkist miss said, "Don't be late,"
That's why I can hardly wait,
Open up that golden gate, California, here I come.

43 Deep In The Heart Of Texas

The stars at night are big and bright,
Deep in the heart of Texas;
The prairie sky is wide and high,
Deep in the heart of Texas.

The sage in bloom is like perfume,
Deep in the heart of Texas;
Reminds me of the one I love,
Deep in the heart of Texas.

The coyotes wail along the trail,
Deep in the heart of Texas;
The rabbits rush around the brush,
Deep in the heart of Texas.

The cowboys cry, "Ki-Yip-Pee-Yi",
Deep in the heart of Texas;
The doggies bawl, and bawl and bawl,
Deep in the heart of Texas.

44 HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDAH

(A LETTER FROM CAMP)
TUNE:Dance of the Hours

Hello Muddah, hello Faddah,
Here I am at camp Grenada.
Camp is very entertaining,
And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

I went hiking with Joe Spivey,
He developed poison ivy.
You remember Leonard Skinner,
He got Ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.

All the counsellors hate the waiters,
And the lake has alligators.
And the head coach wants no sissies,
So he reads to us from something called Ulysses.

Now I don't want this should scare ya',
But my bunkmate has Malaria.
You remember Jeffery Hardy,
They're about to organize a searching party.

Take me home, oh Muddah, Faddah,
Take me home, I hate Grenada.
Don't leave me out in the forest where,
I might get eaten by a bear.

Take me home,
I promise I will not make noise, or
mess the house with other boys,
Oh please don't make me stay,
I've been here one whole day...

Dearest Muddah, Darling Faddah,
How's my precious little bruddah?
Let me come home if you miss me,
I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me !

Wait a minute, it's stopped hailing,
Guys are swimming, Guys are sailing!
Playing baseball, gee that's bettah,
Muddah, Faddah kindly disregard this letter!!!

45 Mairzy Doats

Mairzy doats and dozy doats
and liddle lamzy divey,
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?

Mairzy doats and dozy doats
and liddle lamzy divey,
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?

If the words sound queer and funny to your ear,
A little bit jumbled and jivey,
Sing, "Mares eat oats and does eat oats,
and little lambs eat ivy."

Oh! Mairzy doats and dozey doats
and liddle lamzy divey,
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?

46 Sixteen Tons

Some people say a man is made out of mud,
A poor man's made out of muscle and blood,
Muscle and blood and skin and bones,
A mind that's weak and a back that's strong.

CHORUS:

You load sixteen tons and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St. Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go,
I owe my soul to the company store.
I was born one morning when the sun didn't shine,
I picked up my shovel and walked to the mine,
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal,
And the strong boss said, "Well, bless my soul."

CHORUS

I was born one morning it was drizzling rain,
Fighting and trouble are my middle name,
I was raised in a cave, by an old mama lion,
C'aint no high tone woman make me walk the line.

CHORUS

If you see me coming, better step aside,
A lot of men didn't and a lot of men died.
One fist of iron, the other of steel,
If the right one don't get you, then the left on will.

CHORUS

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