Rick Rambo's Wood Badge Songbook


Slow Songs & Rounds


1 SCOUT VESPERS

Softly falls the light of day,
As our campfire fades away.
Silently each Scout should ask,
"Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared,
Everything to be Prepared?"

Listen Lord, oh listen Lord,
As I whisper soft and low.
Bless my mom and bless my dad,
These are things that they should know.
I will keep my honor bright,
The oath and law will be my guide.
And mom and dad this you should know,
Deep in my heart I love you so.

2 ON MY HONOR

On my honor, I'll do my best,
To do my duty to God.
On my honor, I'll do my best,
To serve my country as I may.
On my honor, I'll do my best,
To do a good turn each day.
To keep my body strengthened.
To keep my mind awakened,
To follow paths of righteousness,
On my honor, I'll do my best.

3 KUM BA YAH

Kum ba yah my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah my lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's laughing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's laughing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's laughing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Come by here, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Come by here, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Come by here, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

4 KUM BA YAH
Scout Law Version

A Scout is trustworthy, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is loyal, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is helpful, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah.

A Scout is friendly, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is courteous, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is kind, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah.

A Scout is obedient, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is cheerful, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is thrifty, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah.

A Scout is brave, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is clean, Lord, Kum ba yah!
A Scout is reverent, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah.

5 THE PADDLE SONG

This song depicts French-Canadian Fur trappers going out to check on their traps by canoe. A suggestion for singing this song would be to sing it through several times, starting softly, getting louder as the "canoe" approaches, and then getting softer again as the canoe grows more distant.

(ROUND)

Our paddles Keen and bright,
Flashing like silver,
Swift as the wild goose flight,
Dip, dip, and swing.

Dip, dip, and swing them back,
Flashing like silver,
Swift as the wild goose flight.
Dip, dip, and swing.

6 HI HO! NOBODY HOME

(Three part round)

Hi, ho! Nobody home,
Meat nor drink
nor money have I none.
Yet will I be merry.

7 ARE YOU SLEEPING

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John.
Morning bells are ringing; Morning bells are ringing.
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong!

8 DOWN BY THE STATION

(Round)

Down by the station, early in the morning,
See the little puffer bellies all in a row.
See the station master turn the little handle.
Chug, chug, toot, toot, off we go!

9 STREET PEDDLERS

This three part round is to be reminiscent of the days when the early morning silence would be broken by the sound of push cart wheels and the occasional "clip- clop" of the horse drawn wagons. Sing through three times, first softly, then louder and finishing softly again.

Chairs to mend,
old chairs to mend!

Mackerel,
fresh Mackerel!

Any old rags,
any old rags!

10 EDELWEISS

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, Clean and bright,
You look happy to meet me.
Blossom of snow May you bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever,
Edelweiss, Edelweiss,
Bless my homeland forever.

11 ONE BOTTLE OF POP

Divide the group into three parts, and have them start one verse after the other.

One bottle of pop, Two bottles of pop,
Three bottles of pop, Four bottles of pop,
Five bottles of pop, Six bottles of pop,
Seven, Seven bottles of pop.

Fish and chips and vinegar, vinegar, vinegar.
Fish and chips and vinegar,
And pepper, pepper, pepper, salt.

Don't chuck your muck in my dustbin,
My dustbin, my dustbin, my dustbin.
Don't chuck your muck in my dustbin,
My dustbin's full.



 
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