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2. CAMPFIRE SONGS & SKITS


MY NAME IS JOE

"No tune – just 'repeat after me' and do each motion without stopping the previous."

Hello, My name is Joe,
I work in a button factor.
One day, my boss said to me,
"Are you busy Joe?"
So I said "No".
So my boss said to me,
"Can you press this button
with you left hand?"
So I said "O.K."

Hello, My name is Joe,
I work in a button factor.
One day, my boss said to me,
"Are you busy Joe?"
So I said "No".
So my boss said to me,
"Can you press this button
with you right elbow?"
So I said "O.K."

Hello, My name is Joe,
I work in a button factor.
One day, my boss said to me,
"Are you busy Joe?"
So I said "No".
So my boss said to me,
"Can you press this button
with you bum?"
So I said "O.K."

Hello, My name is Joe,
I work in a button factor.
One day, my boss said to me,
"Are you busy Joe?"
So I said "No".
So my boss said to me,
"Can you press this button
with you right foot?"
So I said "O.K."

Hello, My name is Joe,
I work in a button factor.
One day, my boss said to me,
"Are you busy Joe?"
So I said "No".
So my boss said to me,
"Can you work this button
with you forehead?"
So I said "O.K."

Hello, My name is Joe,
I work in a button factor.
One day, my boss said to me,
"Are you busy Joe?"
So I said "YES I AM..."


QUARTERMASTER'S STORE

There are rats, rats, as big as alley cats,
In the store, In the store.
There are rats, rats, as big as alley cats,
In the Quartermaster's store.

Chorus:
My eyes are dim, I can not see.
I have not brought my specks with me. [Repeat.]

Mice . . . running through the rice.
Snakes . . . as big as garden rakes.
Beans . . . as big as submarines.
Gravy . . . enough to float the navy.
Cakes . . . that give us tummy aches.
Eggs . . . with scaly chicken legs.
Butter . . . running in the gutter.
Lard . . . they sell it by the yard.
Bread . . . with great big lumps like lead.
Cheese . . . that makes you want to sneeze.
Soot . . . they grow it by the foot.
Goats . . . eating all the oats.
Bees . . . with little knobbly knees.
Owls . . . shredding paper towels.

Apes . . . eating all the grapes.
Ants . . . that get into your pants.
Turtles . . . wearing rubber girdles.
Bear . . . with curlers in its hair.
Buffaloes . . . with hair between their toes.
Foxes . . . stuffed in little boxes.
Coke . . . enough to make you choke.
Pepsi . . . that gives you apoplexy.
Roaches . . . sleeping in the coaches.
Flies . . . swarming 'round the pies.
Fishes . . . washing all the dishes.
Moths . . . eating through the cloths
Scouts . . . eating Brussels sprouts.
Leaders . . . slapping at mosquitoes.


EVERYWHERE WE GO-O
A CAMPFIRE IDENTITY SONG
Tell everyone who you are

(Leader sings a line and all repeat)

Start singing lightly and increase volume every time song repeated.

Everywhere we go-o 
People want to know-o 
Who are we? 
Where do we come from? 
So we tell them 
We're from Shurdington 
Mighty, mighty Shurdington 
And if you can't hear us 
We'll sing a little louder.

(Repeat, get louder each time until you reach your limit) 
Finish with…

And if you can't hear us
You must be DEAF !!!!


ZULU CHANT

(Large circle - Do the motions as you sing the verse)

If you look at me, A Zulu you will see
If you stand by me, A Zulu you will be
A Zulu attention
RIGHT HAND.

If you look at me, A Zulu you will see
If you stand by me, A Zulu you will be
A Zulu attention
RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND.

If you look at me, A Zulu you will see
If you stand by me, A Zulu you will be
A Zulu attention
RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND, RIGHT FOOT

If you look at me, A Zulu you will see
If you stand by me, A Zulu you will be
A Zulu attention
RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND, RIGHT FOOT, LEFT FOOT

If you look at me, A Zulu you will see
If you stand by me, A Zulu you will be
A Zulu attention
RIGHT HAND, LEFT HAND, RIGHT FOOT, LEFT FOOT, HEAD

(Whole circle skips to the centre on one leg while singing).


Eengonyama
Een gonyama. - He is a Lion
Gonyama. - Yes! He is a lion
Invooboo. - He is better than that!
Yah bo.
Yah bo.
Invooboo. - He is a Hippopotamus.


Zulu Warrior

I kama zimba, zimba zimba
I kama zimba, zimba zee
I kama zimba, zimba zimba
I kama zimba, zimba zee

Hold him down
(Oh hold him down)
You Zulu Warrior!
Hold him down
(Oh hold him down)
You Zulu Chief - Chief - Chief - Chief - Chief - Chief

Chant "Chief" to dead silence, clapping as you go, then scream in unison:
MULLA-GUY!

This last is supposed to be some sort of triumphant Zulu war cry.


Kum ba yah! to end a campfire...

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.

People singing Lord, Kum ba yah,
People singing Lord, Kum ba yah
People singing Lord, Kum ba yah
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

We are happy Lord, Kum ba yah...

Children playing Lord, Kum ba yah...

Peace in our time Lord, Kum ba yah...

Children sleeping Lord, Kum ba yah...


Campfire Opening
As the flames leap upward, so may our aims,
As the red logs glow, so may our sympathies;
As the grey ashes fades, so may our errors,
As this good fire warms us, so may the Scout ideal warm the world.


Taps - End of the Day
Day is done, Gone the sun
From the lake, from the hill, from the sky
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, for our days
‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.


THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW - A CAMPFIRE NONSENSE
(Tune: Polly Wolly Doodle or Any tune to fit)

Mary had a little lamb
It’s fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
She threw it out the window.

Old mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone
But when she got there the cupboard was bare,
So she threw it out the window.

Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he
He called for his pipe and his fiddlers three
And he threw them out the window.

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
When along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And she threw it out the window.

Charley Parley stole the barley
Out of the baker’s shop
The baker came out and gave him a clout
Then he threw him out the window.

Cobbler cobbler mend my shoe
And get it done by half past two
Stitch it up, and stitch it down
Then throw it out the window.

I’ll tell you a story of Jack-a-Nory
And now my story’s begun
I’ll tell you another of Jack and his brother
Who threw him out the window.

Little Bo Peep
Has lost her sheep,
And doesn't know where to find them;
But leave her alone,
When they come home,
She'll throw them out the window.

Little Polly Parrot sat in her garret
Eating her toast and tea
A little brown mouse jumped into the house
So she threw him out the window.

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
Agreed to have a battle
For Tweedle Dum, said Tweedle Dee
He threw me out the window.

Heeper Peeper, the chimney sweeper
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her.
He had another, didn’t love her
So he threw her out the window.

Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down
And broke his crown,
And Jill threw it out the window.


Hole in the Bucket
[sing in two parts if possible -- Henry and Liza]

Start by someone (Liza) shouting: "HENRY - GO GET 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 :
Then fix it, dear Henry,
dear Henry, dear Henry.
Then fix it, dear Henry,
dear Henry, fix it.

Henry :
With what shall I fix it,
dear Liza, dear Liza,
With what shall I fix it,
dear Liza, with what?

Liza :
With a straw, then, dear Henry,
dear Henry, dear Henry,
With a straw, then, dear Henry,
dear Henry, a straw.

Henry :
The straw is too long,
dear Liza, dear Liza...

Liza : Then cut it, dear Henry...

Henry : With what shall I cut it?

Liza : With a knife, dear Henry...

Henry : The knife is too dull, dear Lisa...

Liza : So hone it dear Henry...

Henry : With what shall I hone it dear Lisa...

Liza : With a stone, dear Henry ...

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

Liza : Then, wet it dear Henry ...

Henry : With what shall I wet it dear Lisa

Liza : With water dear Henry...

Henry : With what shall I fetch it dear Lisa

Liza : In a bucket dear Henry...

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


Baby Bumble Bee (A Beaver Song)

I've got a little baby bumble bee (cup hands) 
Won't my mummy be surprised at me 
I've got a little baby bumble bee 
Oo, ee, the bee stung me

I'm squashing up my baby bumble bee (squash hands) 
Won't my mummy be surprised at me 
I'm squashing up my baby bumble bee 
Oo, ee, I'm all sticky

I'm licking up my baby bumble bee (lick hands) 
Won't my mummy be surprised at me 
I'm licking up my baby bumble bee 
Oo, ee, the bee's in me

I'm bringing up my baby bumble bee (be sick on 'bring') 
Won't my mummy be surprised at me 
I'm bringing up my baby bumble bee 
Oo, ee, there's my bee

I'm digging up my baby bumble bee (digging action) 
Won't my mummy be surprised at me 
I'm digging up my baby bumble bee 
Oo, ee, there's no more bee!


 

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