Rick Rambo's Wood Badge Songbook


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47 JOHN HENRY (STEEL DRIVIN' MAN)

When John Henry was just a little baby boy,
No bigger than the palm of your hand,
His mammy looked down at John Henry and said:
My Johnny' be a steel drivin' man, Lord, Lord,
My Johnny' be a steel drivin' man.

John Henry said to the captain,
"Captain, why don't you learn to swing.
I'm drivin' forty nine pounds from my hip bottom down,
Love to hear that cold steel ring, Lord, Lord,
Love to hear that cold steel ring."

John Henry had a pretty little woman,
and her name was Polly Ann.
When John Henry took sick and had to go to bed,
Polly drove steel like a man, Lord, Lord,
Polly drove steel like a man.

John Henry went up on a mountain,
that steam hammer by his side,
But he'd beat that drill through to the end of the line,
Then he laid down his hammer and he cried, Lord, Lord,
He laid down his hammer and he cried.

John Henry drove steel round that mountain,
till the hammer put out fire.
For that very last word I hear John
Henry say, A cool glass of water
I'm gonna die, Lord, Lord,
A cool glass of water I'm gonna die.

Well they buried John Henry in the graveyard,
They lay him six feet under the sand,
Every time a freight train go rollin' on by,
They say yonder lies a steel drivin' man, Lord, Lord,
Yonder lies a steel drivin' man.

48 FORTY ACRES

He was headed into Boston in a big old diesel truck
It was his first shift and he was havin' lots of luck.
He went the wrong direction down a one way street in town.
And this is what he said when the police chased him down.

CHORUS:
Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around.
It's the easiest way that I've found.
Some guys can turn it on a dime or turn it right downtown,
But I need 40 acres to turn this rig around.

When he finally found where to unload,
he had a dreadful shock.
His trailer pointed to the road,
And his cab right to the dock.
And as he looked around him,
through his tears he made this sound:
Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around.

CHORUS

When he finally got unloaded,
he was asked to leave the town.
He was very, very happy, going back to Alabam.
When up ahead he saw a sign said, you are northward bound.
Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around.

CHORUS

He was drivin' down the right lane
when ahead he saw a sign,
He had to make a left turn,
but he could not get in line.
The tears were streamin' down his cheeks
and they all heard him yell:
Give me 40 sticks of dynamite 'n I'll blow this rig to...

Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around.
It's the easiest way that I've found.
Some guys can turn it on a dime or turn it right downtown;
But I need 40 acres to turn this rig around.

49 THE BOLL WEEVEL SONG

Brook Benton

Spoken:
Let me tell you a story about a boll weevel Now some of you may not know, but a boll weevel is an insect And he's found mostly where cotton grows Now where they come from, nobody really knows But this is the way the story goes.

The farmer said to the boll weevel, I see you're on my square.
The boll weevel said to the farmer, Yep, my whole darn family's here.
We gotta have a home, we gotta have a home.

The farmer said to the boll weevel; Say, why'd you pick my farm?
The weevel just laughed at the farmer and said;
We ain't gonna do much harm. We're lookin for a ho o o o o ome.

And the boll weevel spied him a lightnin' bug.
He said; yea, I'd like to make a trade with you,
Cuz' you see, if I was a lightnin' bug, I'd search the whole night through.
A searchin' for a home I'd have me plenty of homes.

And the boll weevel called the farmer and said;
You better sell your old machines
'Cause when I'm through with your cotton, heh,
You can't even buy gasoline.

I wanna take me a home, gotta have a home.
And the boll weevel said to the farmer;
Say farmer, I'd like to wish you well.
Farmer said to the boll weevel; Yea, 'n I wish that you went to...
Lookin' for a home, lookin' for a home.
Ah, you'd have a home all right, you'd have a real hot home.

51 DAY-O

CHORUS:
Day-O, Day-O, Daylight come and me wan' go home,
Day-O, Day-O, Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Work all night on a drink of rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Stock bananas till the morning come,
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

Come Mr. Tally man, Tally me bananas,
Daylight come and me wan' go home. (repeat)

CHORUS

Pick six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch,
Daylight come and me wan' go home. (repeat)

CHORUS

A beautiful bunch of ripe banana,
Daylight come and me wan' go home.
Hide the deadly black tarantula.
Daylight come and me wan' go home.

CHORUS

52 THE ANTS GO MARCHING

The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah,
The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah,
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stopped to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down to the ground, to the earth.
Boom, boom, boom, boom.

Two by two - to tie his shoe

Three by three - to scratch his knee

Four by four - to shut the door

Five by five - to dance and jive

Six by six - to pick up sticks

Seven by seven - to look to heaven

Eight by eight - to shut the gate

Nine by nine - to have a shoe shine

Ten by ten - he want's to start again!!!

53 BOA-CONSTRICTOR

I'm being swallowed by a boa- constrictor,
I'm being swallowed by a boa- constrictor,
And I don't like it one little bit.

Oh, no, he's got my toe, O gee, he's up to my knee,
Oh, my, he's reached my thigh,
O fiddle, he's at my middle, Oh heck, he's up to my neck,
O dread, He's got my GULP!!!

54 GREEN GRASS

(THERE WAS A HOLE)

(repeat each line after leader)
There was a hole
The prettiest little hole that you ever did see,

CHORUS:
(ALL) And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in that hole There was a tree
The prettiest little tree that you ever did see,

(ALL) And the tree was in the hole, And the hole was in the ground,
CHORUS (ALL)

CONTINUE ADDING ONE LINE AT A TIME
Now on that tree there was a branch... the prettiest little etc...
...limb on the tree
...nest on the limb
...egg in the nest
...bird in the egg
...wing on the bird
...feather on the wing
...bacteria on the feather

LAST VERSE And the bacteria was on the feather, And the feather was on the wing, And the wing was on the bird, And the bird was in the egg, And the egg was in the nest, And the nest was on the limb, And the limb was on the tree, And the tree was in the hole, And the hole was in the ground, CHORUS

55 HOLE IN THE SEA

There's a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a hole, there's a hole,
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a hole, there's a hole,
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a bump on the log in the hole ... etc.
There's a frog on the bump on the log ... etc.
There's a fly on the frog on the bump ... etc.
There's a wing on the fly on the frog ... etc.

There's a flea on the wing on the fly on the frog
On the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There's a hole, there's a hole,
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea.

56 I-VEE

(TUNE: MY BONNIE) Click for MIDI

My body has calomine lotion,
My body's as sore as can be,
The flowers I gathered for Granny,
Turned out to be poison I-Vee.

Don't touch, don't touch,
You'll get a rash from I-Veee, I-Vee
It will, itch bad,
And it looks worse than ac-nee.

57 ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI

On top of spaghetti,
all covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table, and onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden, and under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty as tasty could be,
And early next summer, It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered with beautiful moss,
It grew lovely meatballs, And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti, all covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatballs, And don't ever sneeze.

58 MOUNTAIN DEW

My uncle Bill has a still on the hill,
Where he runs off a gallon or two,
The birds in the sky get so drunk they can't fly,
In that good old mountain dew.

CHORUS:
They call it that good old mountain dew,
And them that refuse it are few,
I'll hoist up my mug if you fill up my jug,
With that good old mountain dew.

My cousin Mort, He's sawed off and short,
He measures just four foot two,
But he thinks he's a giant, when you give him a pint of that good old mountain dew.

CHORUS

Down the raod here from me there's a big hollow tree,
Where you lay down a dollar or two,
You go 'round the bend, and come back again,
There's a jug of that good old mountain dew.

CHORUS

My brother Don has a still in the john,
Where he'll run off a gallon or two.
When the Revenuers come rushin' He'd just give it a flush'n'
There'd go that good old mountain dew.
Chorus

Make up your own verses for other names!

59 THERE'S A HOLE IN THE BUCKET

Liza: Henry! Fetch me some water!
Henry: There's a hole in the bucket dear Liza, dear Liza
There's a hole in the bucket dear Liza, a hole.

Liza: Well, fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
well, fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.

Henry: With what shall I fix it ...

Liza: With a straw dear Henry ...

Henry: The straw is too long ...

Liza: Well, cut it dear Henry ...

Henry: With what shall I cut it ...

Liza: With an axe dear Henry ...

Henry: The axe is too dull dear Liza .

Liza: Well, sharpen it dear Henry ...

Henry: With what shall I sharpen it ...

Liza: With a stone dear Henry ...

Henry: The stone is too dry dear Liza ...

Liza: Well, wet it dear Henry ...

Henry: With what shall I wet it ...

Liza: With water dear Henry ...

Henry: In what shall I fetch it ...

Liza: In a bucket dear Henry ...

Henry: There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza ...

60 ALICE THE CAMEL

Alice the camel has ten humps,
Alice the camel has ten humps,
Alice the camel has ten humps,
Go Alice go. (hit hips)

Repeat verses decreasing in number down to no humps

Alice the camel has no humps,
Alice the camel has no humps,
Alice the camel has no humps,
Alice is a HORSE.

61 HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes. knees and toes.

Note: Touch each part of the body as you sing it. Second time leave out word "head", just touch it, and so on. Last verse will be all actions, no words.

62 ALONG CAME JONES

I plopped down in my easy chair
And I turned on channel two.
A bad gunslinger named Salty Sam
Was chasin' poor Sweet Sue.
He trapped her in the old sawmill
And said with an evil laugh,
"If you don't give me the deed to your ranch I'll saw y'all in half.

And then he grabbed her... (help he grabbed me!)
He tied her up... (Help he's tyin' me up!)
He turned on the BUZZ-SAW... (He's turnin' on the buzz saw)
And then...and then... And then along came Jones.
Tall thin Jones. Slow walkin' Jones, Low talkin' Jones.
Along came long lean lanky Jones.

Commercial came on, so I got up to fix myself a snack.
You should have seen what was going on by the time that I got back.
Down in the old abandoned mine, Sweet Sue was havin' fits,
That villain said "Give me the deed to your ranch, or I'll blow y'all to bits".

And then he grabbed her... (Help he grabbed Me)
He tied her up... (Help, he's tying me up)
He lit the fuse to the dynamite... (He's lightin' the fuse to the dynamite)
And then...and then... And then along came Jones
Tall thin Jones. Slow walkin' Jones, Low talkin' Jones.
Along came long lean lanky Jones.

I got so bugged I turned it off and turned on another show.
But there was the same old shoot- em-up, and the same old rodeo.
Salty Sam was tryin' to stuff Sweet Sue in a burlap sack.
"If you don't give me the deed to your ranch I'll throw you on the railroad track!"

And then he grabbed her... (Help he grabbed me, help)
He tied her up... (Here we go again, tyin' me up)
He threw her on the railraod track,
The train started commin' (Ohhh! Here comes the train)

And then...and then... And then along came Jones
Tall thin Jones. Slow walkin' Jones, Low talkin' Jones.
Along came long lean lanky Jones.

63 THIRTY THOUSAND POUNDS OF BANANAS

by HARRY CHAPIN

It was just after dark as the truck started down
The hill that leads into Scranton Pennsylvania.
Carryin' thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes carryin' thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
He was a young driver, just out on his second job.
Carryin' the next days pasty fruit,
To everyone in that coal scarred city
Where children play without despair
In backyard slag piles.
And folks manage to eat each day
Just about thirty thousand pounds of bananas,
Yes there were thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

He passed a sign that he should have seen
Saying "shift to low gear or fifty-dollar fine, my friend"
He was thinking perhaps about the warm breathed woman
who was waitin' at the journey's end.
He started down the two-mile drop--
the winding road that ran from the top of the hill.

He was pushing on through the shortening miles
That ran down to the depot.
Just a few more miles to go,
And he'd go home and have her ease his long cramped day away.
And the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

He was pickin' up speed
As the city spread it's twinklin' lights below him.
But he paid no heed as the shiverrin' thought
of the nights delights went through him.
His foot nursed the brakes to slow him down,
But the peddle floored easy without a sound.
He said, "CHRIST."
It was funny how he'd named the only one who could save him now.
He was trapped inside a dead-end hell-slide,
Riding on his fear-hunched back was every one of those yellow-green.
I'm telling you thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes there were thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

He barely made the sweeping curve that led into the steepest grade.
And he missed a thankful passing bus at ninety miles an hour.
And he said, "God make it a dream"
As he rode his last ride down.
And he said, "God make it a dream"
as he rode his last ride down.
And he sideswiped nineteen neat- parked cars.
Clipped off thirteen telephone poles.
Hit two houses, bruised eight trees,
and blue-crossed seven people.
It was then he lost his head,
not to mention an arm or two before he stopped.

And he smeared for four-hundred yards
along the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania,
All those thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

You Know the man who told me about it on the bus,
as it went up the hill out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
He shrugged his shoulders, he shook his head, and He said,
"Boy it sure must have been something.
Just imagine, thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes there were thirty thousand pounds of mashed bananas.

64 THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY

Remember when you ran away,
And I got on my knees and begged you not to go
because I'd go BERSERK!!

Well you left me anyhow
and then the days got worse and worse,
And now you see I've gone completely out of my mind!

And... They're coming to take me away, Ha Ha!
They're coming to take me away, Ho Ho, He He, Ha Ha!
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time,
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats.
And they're coming to take me away, Ha Ha!!!

I cooked your food, I cleaned your bed,
And this is how you pay me back for all my kind unselfish loving deeds?
HUH!! Well, you just wait, they'll find you yet,
And when they do they'll put you in the A.S.P.C.A., you MANGEY MUTT!!!

And, They're coming to take me away Ha Ha!
They're coming to take me away, Ho Ho, He He, Ha Ha!
To the happy home, with trees and flowers and chirping birds,
and basket weavers who sit and twiddle their thumbs and toes,
And they're coming to take me away, Ha Ha!
To the funny farm,
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats.
And they're coming to take me away, Ha Ha!!

65 ONE DARK NIGHT

(Tune: "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight")

Divide the Audience into four parts, and assign each part as follows, "FIRE", "WATER" "JUMP" OR "SPLAT". After singing it through, do it faster, and/or "backwards" as shown below.

One dark night when we were all in bed,
Old lady Leary left a lantern in the shed,
And when the cow kicked it over,
She winked her eye and said:
"There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight."

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! WATER!
WATER! WATER! WATER!
JUMP! LADY, JUMP!
AHHHHHH, SPLAT!

"Backwards" Version

One night dark, when bed we all were in,
Old Leary lady left the shed a lantern in.
And when the kick, cowed it over,
She eyed her wink and said:
"There'll be a time hot in the town old tonight."

IFER! IFER! IFER!
RETAW! RETAW! RETAW!
LADY! JUMP, LADY!
SPLAT, AHHHHHHH!

66 BEEP BEEP

Note: Start out the song very slowly, then increase the speed as you go along, until you are virtually going as fast as you can by the end of the song.

While riding in my Cadillac,
Much to my surprise.
A little Nash-Rambler right behind.
'Bout one half my size.

CHORUS:
He must have wanted to pass me up
As he kept on blowing his horn.
I'll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn.
Beep Beep! Beep Beep!
His horn went Beep Beep Beep!

I put my foot down to the floor,
To give the guy the shake.
But the little Nash-Rambler stayed right behind,
He still had on his brake.

CHORUS

I shifted into passing gear,
And it became a race.
For a Rambler to beat a Caddy,
Would be a big disgrace.

CHORUS

Now we're going a hundred and twenty,
As fast as I can go.
The little Nash Rambler pulled up beside
just like we're going slow.
The fellow rolls down his window,
And yells for me to hear,
Hey buddy how can I get this car
Out of second gear!



 
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