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All together now ...
 
 

 

1. As We Trek Along. 1

2. Buddies and Pals (2-Part Song) 2

3. Donkey Riding – Canadian Sea Chanty. 2

4. Farewell to Nova Scotia – Helen Creighton. 2

5. Golden Prairie Land – Bill Rate. 2

6. Grab Another Hand – David Graham.. 3

7. Hey Dee Roon. 3

8. Hol’ Yo’ Han’ - Jamaica. 3

9. Home On The Range – Brewster Higley. 3

10. I’se the B’y That Builds the Boat – Newfoundland Folk Song. 4

11. It's a Small World – Richard M. & Richard B. Sherman. 4

12. Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor – Newfoundland Folk Song. 6

13. John Kanaka. 6

14. Join Into The Game

15. Something to Sing About – Oscar Brand. 7

16. Swinging Along – Gladys Jacobs. 8

17. The Happy Wanderer – Friedrich W. Moller. 8

18. The More We Get Together. 9

19. Tie Me Kangaroo Down – Rolf Harris. 9

20. Tinga Layo – Caribbean Calypso. 9

21. This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie. 10

22. Tzena (2-Part Round) - Israel 10

23. Walk Around – Marion Kay. 10

24. Waltzing Matilda - Australia. 10

 

 

Some songs you may know:

I’ve Been Working On The Railroad

She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain

Alouette

 

List 5 other songs you could use for your Well-Known Campfire Song.

Song Title

Composer

Source

1

2

3

4

5

 

Some of my favourites:

 

 

As we trek along together,

As we trek along.

Shall we sing a song together,

Shall we sing a song?

Love life, laughter and sorrow,

Who knows what comes tomorrow

Who knows and who cares,

As we trek along.

 

As we trek along together,

As we trek along.

Shall we sing a song together,

Shall we sing a song?

Though the way may be weary

Still our hearts will be cheery

If we sing a song

As we trek along.

 

2. Buddies and Pals (2-Part Song)

 

You and me, we’re gonna be partners.

You and me, we’re gonna be pals,

You and me, we’re gonna be partners:

Buddies and pals.

 

You and me, we started off strangers,

You and me, we came from afar,

You and me, we started off strangers;

Now we are friends.

 

3. Donkey Riding – Canadian Sea Chanty

 

Were you ever in Quebec stowing timber on the deck?

Where there’s a King with a golden crown, riding on a donkey?

 

Chorus:        

Hey, ho! Away we go! Donkey riding, donkey riding.

Hey, ho! Away we go! Riding on a donkey.

 

Were you ever off the Horn where it’s always fine and warm?

See the Lion and the Unicorn, riding on a donkey?

 

Were you ever in Cardiff Bay where the folks all shout “Hurray”?

“Here comes John with his three months’ pay, riding on a donkey!”

 

4. Farewell to Nova Scotia – Helen Creighton

 

Chorus:       

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Your sea bound coast

Let your mountains dark and dreary be

For when I am far away

On the briny ocean tossed

Will you ever heave a sigh or a wish for me?

 

The sun was setting in the west

The birds were singing on every tree

All nature seemed inclined to rest

But still there was no rest for me


I grieve to leave my native land

I grieve to leave my comrades all

And my parents whom I love so dear

And the bonny bonny lass that I do adore


The drums do beat and the wars do alarm

The Captain calls we must obey

So farewell farewell to Nova Scotia's charms

For it's early in the morning, I am far far away


I have three brothers and they are at rest

Their arms are folded on their breast

While a poor simple sailor just like me

Must be tossed and driven o'er the dark blue sea

 

5. Golden Prairie Land Bill Rate

 

Many years ago they say, ‘Long came the Hudson’s Bay,

Built their little forts along the rivers

Those forts grew and grew

And I’m telling you

They’re still growing bigger and bigger.

 

Chorus:          

Golden Prairie Land,

Grandest mountain land

Sing for all you’re worth.

Sing ‘ cause you’re proud of it,

Right out loud with it,

Finest country on earth.

Bright blue skies above,

Home towns we dearly love.

Sing with might and main.

Golden Prairie Land,

Grandest mountain land.

Sing it again and again.

 

Honor to the pioneers,

Heroes of bygone years,

Built their little shacks along the rivers

They prepared the way

So we find today

We’re still growing bigger and bigger.

 

Come along a thousand fold,

Oil wells with liquid gold,

Gas and coal miners all along the rivers,

Pay us a friendly call

Welcome one and all

And help us grow bigger and bigger.

 

6. Grab Another Hand David Graham

 

Grab another hand; grab a hand next to ya,

Grab another hand and sing this song.

Grab another hand; grab a hand next to ya,

Grab another hand and sing, sing this song.

 

Chorus:      

Al-la, la, al, la, la la, le-lu-ya,

Al-la, la, la, la, la, la le-lu,

Al-la, la, la, la, la, la-le-lu-ya,

Al-la, la, la, la, la, la, Al-le-lu-ya.

 

Shake another hand; shake a hand next to ya,

Shake another hand and sing this song.

Shake another hand; shake a hand next to ya,

Shake another hand and sing, sing this song.

 

Clap another hand; clap a hand next to ya,

Clap another hand and sing this song.

Clap another hand; clap a hand next to ya,

Clap another hand and sing, sing this song.

 

Raise another hand; raise a hand next to ya,

Raise another hand and sing this song.

Raise another hand; raise a hand next to ya,

Raise another hand and sing, sing this song.

 

7. Hey Dee Roon

 

Come on and sing with me, Hey dee roon, Oh,

Come on and sing with me, Hey dee roon, Oh,

Come on and sing with me, Hey dee roon, Oh,

Come on and sing with me, Hey dee roon.

 

Hey, hey dee roon, Oh

Hey, hey dee roon, Oh

Hey, hey dee roon, Oh

Hey dee roon

 

Come on and dance with me …..

Come on and clap with me …..

Come on and play with me …..

Sing everybody sing …..

 

Dis long time gal me never see you.

Come mak me hol’ yo’ han’.

Dis long time gal me never see you.

Come mak me hol’ yo’ han’.

 

Chorus:       

Peel head John Crow siddun ‘pon tree top,

Pick off de blossom,

Mak me hol’ yo’ han’ gal.

Mak me hol’ yo’ han’.

 

Verse 2:           Walk and talk

Verse 3:           Wheel and jig 

 

9. Home On The RangeBrewster Higley

 

Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,

Where the deer and the antelope play,

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Chorus:          

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play,

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

Where the air is so pure, and the zephyrs so free,

The breezes so balmy and light,

That I would not exchange my home on the range,

For all of the cities so bright.


The Red man was pressed from this part of the west,

He's likely no more to return,

To the banks of the Red River where seldom if ever

Their flickering campfires burn.

 

How often at night when the heavens are bright,

With the light from the glittering stars,

Have I stood there amazed and asked as I gazed,

If their glory exceeds that of ours.


Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours,

The curlew I love to hear cry,

And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks,

That graze on the mountain slopes high.


Oh give me a land where the bright diamond sand,

Flows leisurely down in the stream;

Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along,

Like a maid in a heavenly dream.


Then I would not exchange my home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play;

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

 

10. I’se the B’y That Builds the BoatNewfoundland Folk Song

 

I’se the b’y that builds the boat,

And I’se the b’y that sails her!

I’se the b’y that catches the fish

And takes ‘em home to Lizer.

 

Chorus:        

Hip yer partner, Sally Tibbo’!

Hip yer partner, Sally Brown!

Fogo, Twillin gate, Morton’s Harbour.

All around the circle.

 

Sods and rinds to cover yer flake,

Cake and tea for supper,

Cod fish in the spring o’ the year

Fried in maggoty butter.

 

I don’t want your maggoty fish,

That’s no good for winter;

I could buy as good as that

Down in Bonavista.

 

I took Lizer to a dance,

And faith, but she could travel!

And every step that she did take

Was up to her knees in gravel.

 

Susan White, she’s out of sight,

Her petticoat wants a border;

Old Sam Oliver, in the dark,

He kissed her in the corner.

 

11. It's a Small WorldRichard M. & Richard B. Sherman

 

It's a world of laughter, a world of tears

It's a world of hopes and a world of fears

There's so much that we share

That it's time we're aware

It's a small world after all.


Chorus:        

It's a small world after all

It's a small world after all

It's a small world after all

It's a small, small world

 

There is just one moon and one golden sun

And a smile means friendship to everyone

Though the mountains divide

And the oceans are wide

It's a small world after all.

 

It's a world of Guiding, a world of fun

It's a world of aims, but we work as one

There's so much that we share

That it's time we're aware

It's a small world after all.


You can go to China or go to Spain

And the Guiding Handshake will be the same

We have friends in Japan,

Mexico, Pakistan,

It's a small world after all.


How we live our lives we must each decide,

Every Guide & Ranger & Brownie, Guide

Throughout Guiding we find,

Both in body & mind

It's a small world after all.

 

12. Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor – Newfoundland Folk Song

 

Now ‘twas twenty-five or thirty years since Jack first saw the light;

He came into this world of woe one dark and stormy night.

He was born on board his father’s ship as she was lying to.

‘Bout twenty-five or thirty miles southeast of Bacalhao.

 

Chorus:          

Jack was every inch a sailor,

Five and twenty years a whaler;

Jack was every inch a sailor,

He was born upon the bright blue sea.

 

When Jack grew up to be a man, he went to Labrador;

He fished in Indian Harbour where his father fished before;

On returning in the fog, he met a heavy gale,

And Jack was swept into the sea and swallowed by a whale.

 

The whale went straight for Baffin’s Bay ‘bout ninety knots an hour,

And every time he’d blow a spray, he’d send it in a shower.

“Oh, now,” says Jack unto himself, “I must see what he’s about.”

He caught the whale all by the tail and turned him inside out.

 

13. John Kanaka

 

I thought I heard the old man say, John Kanakanaka Tooriay!

Today, today is holiday, John Kanakanaka tooriay.

 

Chorus:        

Toriay, oh, tooriay!

John Kanakanaka tooriay!

 

Oh, haul, oh, haul, oh, haul away: John Kanakanaka Tooriay!

Oh, hawl away and make your pay. John Kanakanaka tooriay!

 

We’re bound away at break of day; John Kanakanaka Tooriay!

We’re bound away for ‘Frisco Bay. John Kanakanaka tooriay!

 

We’re bound away around Cape Horn; John Kanakanaka Tooriay!

We’re bound away tomorrow morn; John Kanakanaka tooriay!

 

14. Join Into the Game

 

Let everyone clap hands like me. (clap, clap)

Let everyone clap hands like me. (clap, clap)

Come on and join into to the game,

You’ll find that it’s always the same. (clap, clap)

 

(Sneeze, whistle, snore, shake hands, nod head, etc.)

 

15. Something to Sing About Oscar Brand

 

I have walked on the sands of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland

Lazed on the ridge of the Miramichi

Seen the waves tear and roar on the stone coast of Labrador

Watched them roll back to the Great Northern Sea

 

Chorus:       

From the Vancouver Island to the Alberta Highland

'Cross the Prairies, the lakes to Ontario's towers

From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes, up to the

Maritimes

Something to sing about, this land of ours

 

I have welcomed the dawn from the fields of Saskatchewan

Followed the sun to the Vancouver shore

Watched it climb shiny new up the snow peaks of Caribou

Up to the clouds where the wild Rockies soar


I have heard the wild wind sing the places that I have been

Bay Bull and Red Deer and Strait of Belle Isle

Names like Grand Mere and Silverthorne

Moose Jaw and Marrowbone,

Trails of the pioneer, named with a smile


I have wandered my way to the wild wood of Hudson Bay

Treated my toes to Quebec's morning dew

Where the sweet summer breeze kissed the leaves of the maple trees

Sharing this song that I'm singing to you


Yes there's something to sing about, tune up a string about

Call out in chorus or quietly hum

Of a land that’s still young, with a ballad that's still unsung

Telling the promise of great things to come

 

16. Swinging Along Gladys Jacobs

 

Part I

Swinging along the open road,

Swinging along under a sky that’s clear.

Swinging along the open road.

All in the fall, in the fall of the year

Swinging along, swinging along, swinging along the open road,

All in the fall of the year.

 

Part II

Swinging along the open road, under a sky that’s clear.

Swinging along the open road, in the fall of the year.

Swinging along, swinging along, swinging along the open road,

All in the fall of the year.

 

17. The Happy Wanderer Friedrich W. Moller

 

Chorus:        

Fal-der-ri, fal-der-ra

Fal-der-ri, fal-der-ra ra ra ra ra ra

Fal-der-ri, fal-der-ra

(Sing the last line of the verse)

 

I love to go a-wandering

Along the mountain track

And as I go, I love to sing

My knapsack on my back

 

I love to wander by the stream

That dances in the sun

So joyously it calls to me

Come join my happy song


I wave my hat to all I meet

And they wave back at me

And blackbirds call so loud and clear

From every greenwood tree


Oh, may I go a-wandering

Until the day I die

And may I always laugh and sing

Beneath God’s clear blue sky

 

18. The More We Get Together

 

The more we get together, together, together,

The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

For your friends are my friends,

And my friends are your friends,

The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

 

19. Tie Me Kangaroo Down – Rolf Harris

 

Watch me wallaby's feed, mate, watch me wallaby's feed
'Ey! they're a dangerous breed, mate, so watch me wallaby's feed

Chorus:          

All together now - tie me kangaroo down, sport, tie

me kangaroo down
Tie me kangaroo down, sport, tie me kangaroo down

 

And keep me cockatoo cool, Curl, keep me cockatoo cool
Ah, don't go actin' the fool, Curl, just keep me cockatoo cool

And take me koala back, Jack, take me koala back
He lives somewhere out on the track, Mac, so take me koala back

And mind me platypus duck, Bill, mind me platypus duck
Ah, don't let him go runnin' amuck, Bill, just mind me platypus duck

And play your didgeridoo, Blue, play your didgeridoo
Uh, like, keep playin' till I shoot through, Blue, play your didgeridoo

And tan me hide when I'm dead, Fred, [hm-hm-hm] tan me hide when I'm dead
So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde and that's it hanging on the shed

 

 

Chorus:       

Tinga layo come little donkey come.

Tinga layo come little donkey come.

 

Me donkey walk, me donkey talk,

Me donkey eat with a knife and fork.

 

21. This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie

 

Chorus:    

This land is your land; this land is my land

From the Bonavista to the Vancouver Island

From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lake Waters

This land was made for you and me


I roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

 

As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me

 

When the sun come shining then I was strolling
In the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting
This land was made for you and me

 

 

Tzena, Tzena, Tzena, Tzena,

Can't you hear the music playing in the village square?

Tzena, Tzena, Tzena, Tzena,

Can't you hear the music playing in the village square?

 

Tzena, Tzena, join the celebration.

There'll be people there from every nation.

Dawn will find us dancing in the sunlight,

Dancing in the village square.

 

After singing the song in unison divide into two groups. The second group starts when the first group has sung four bars.

 

23. Walk Around – Marion Kay

 

Rivers that sparkle and rush along free

Forests so tall and green

Dressed in her finery, Canada fair

None are as lucky as we.

 

Chorus:        

Oh-h-h, walk around, look around

Take the time to say

How lucky I am that I live in this land

Of Canada today.

 

All kinds of people from faraway lands

Blended into one

Customs and cultures we're willing to share

As true Canadians.

 

Pioneers suffered to settle this land

The New World was its name

Fairness and freedom they wanted for all

Let's live up to what they claim.


Miles of highway are ours to explore

An ever-changing view

Four different seasons we know and enjoy

Whether rich we be or poor.

 

24. Waltzing Matilda - Australia

 

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 at that billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

 

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three,
"Where's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong,
"You'll never take me alive", said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

What passion cannot music raise and quell!
- John Dryden