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SONGS TO SING

If you're stuck in a car and have no chance to stretch your legs, at least you can stretch your voice! A good sing-song (as long as it doesn't annoy the driver or other passengers) is one way of getting rid of surplus energy.

We've a whole range of favourites below

When you have worked your way through all those, you can start adding new lines to some other old favourites. These are what you might call 'Build-up' songs, which can go on being added to for ever. The best-known is of course 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm', with its evergrowing list of farmyard noises. Among the others are 'What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?', The Ballad of Aiken Drum', 'Michael Finnegan' and 'She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes'.


The Wild Rover

I've been a wild rover for many a year
And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer,
And now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more.

And it's no, nay, never,
No nay never no more,
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more.

I went to an ale-house I used to frequent
And I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me "nay
Such a custom as yours I could have any day."

<Chorus>

I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight.
She said "I have whiskey and wines of the best
And the words that I spoke sure were only in jest."

<Chorus >

I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they forgive me as ofttimes before
Sure I never will play the wild rover no more.

<Chorus>

The Quartermaster's Stores

Typical verse:

There was gravy, gravy, enough to float a navy,
In the stores, in the stores.
There was gravy, gravy, enough to float a navy,
In the stores, in the stores.
My eyes are dim, I cannot see,
I have not got my specs with me,
I have not got my specs with me.

Alternative chorus:

My eyes are dim, I cannot see,
I left my specs in the W.C.,
I left my specs in the W.C.

On Ilkley Moor Baht 'At

Wheear 'as tha been since ah saw thee?
On Ilkley Moor baht 'at
Wheear 'as tha bin since ah saw thee?
Wheear 'as tha bin since ah saw thee?
On Ilkley Moor baht 'at,
On Ilkley Moor baht 'at,
On Ilkley Moor baht 'at.

I were a coortin' Mary Jane

Tha's bahn to get thi death o' cold

Then we shall ha' to bury thee

Then t' worms 'll come an' ate thee up

Then t' ducks 'll come an' ate up t' worms

Then we shall come an' ate them ducks

Then we shall all 'av etten thee

That's how we get our oahn back

Oh You'll Never Get to Heaven

Typical verse:

Oh you'll Never get to Heaven, [Leader]
Oh you'll Never get to Heaven, [All]

On a bottle of Gin, [Leader]
On a bottle of Gin, [All]

'Cos the Lord don't let, [Leader]
'Cos the Lord don't let, [All]

No Spirits in. [Leader]
No Spirits in. [All]

[All]
Oh you'll never get to heaven on a bottle of gin,
'Cos the Lord don't let no spirits in,
Ain't gonna meet my Lord, Ain't gonna meet my Lord,
Ain't gonna meet, My Lord no more,

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

CHORUS:
Swing low sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home

I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Coming for to carry me home
A band of angels coming after me
Coming for to carry me home

CHORUS

If you get there before I do
Coming for to carry me home
Tell all my friends I'm coming too
Coming for to carry me home

CHORUS

The brightest day that ever I saw
Coming for to carry me home
When Jesus washed my sins away
Coming for to carry me home

CHORUS

I'm sometimes up and sometimes down
Coming for to carry me home
But still my soul feels heavenly bound
Coming for to carry me home

CHORUS

Found a Peanut
(To the tune of My Darling Clementine)

Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut yesterday,
Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut yesterday.

So I ate it, so I ate it, so I ate it yesterday. (Twice)
It was mouldy...
Made me poorly...
Sent for Doctor...
Operation...
Cut me open...
Couldn't save me...
So I died...
Went to Heaven...
Didn't want me...
Went to hell...
Guess what I found there...

Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut yesterday
Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut yesterday

A Pizza Hut

Every line to be sung twice, exactly the same, and don't forget the actions.

A Pizza Hut, a Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.
Macdonalds, Macdonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut.

A Little Chef, a Little Chef, a Wimpy Bar and a Little Chef, Happy Eater, Happy Eater, a Wimpy Bar and a Little Chef

A Ford Escort, a Ford Escort, Mini-mini-mini-mini and a Ford Escort,
Ferrari, Ferrari, Mini-mini-mini-mini and a Ford Escort.

A Jumbo Jet, a Jumbo Jet, a helicopter and a Jumbo Jet, the Concorde, a helicopter and a Jumbo Jet.

A fat girl guide, a fat girl guide, a skinny little brownie and a fat girl guide.
The leaders, the leaders, a skinny little brownie and a fat girl guide.

A know-it-all scout, a know-it-all scout, a snotty nosed cub and a know-it-all scout.
The ventures, the ventures, a know-it-all scout and a snotty nosed cub.

Campfire's Burning

Camp fire's burning, camp fire's burning,
Draw nearer, draw nearer,
In the gloaming, in the gloaming,
Come sing and be merry.

Ging gang gully gully gully gully watcha

Ging gang goo, ging gang goo
Ging gang gully gully gully gully watcha
Ging gang goo, ging gang goo
Haila, haila shaila, haila shaila haila hoo
Haila, haila shaila, haila shaila haila
Shally wally shally wally shally wally shally wally
Oompah oompah oompah etc.

Boom Chickaracka

I said a - boom
I said a - boom
I said a - boom chickaboom
I said a - boom chickaboom
I said a - boom chickaracka chickaracka chickaboom
I said a - boom chickaracka chickaracka chickaboom
Ah-ha Ah-ha
Oh yeah Oh yeah
One more time One more time

The Animal Fair

We went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beasts were there,
The big baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair.
The monkey fell out of his bunk (THUMP!)
And slid down the elephant's trunk, (WHEEE!)
The elephant sneezed and fell on his knees
And what became of the monkey monkey monkey...

Baby Bumble Bee

I found a little baby bumble bee:
Won't my mummy be EVER so proud of me;
I found a little baby bumble bee:
Ooh! Look, pretty!

I'm picking up a baby bumble bee,
Won’t my mummy be EVER so proud of me;
I'm picking up a baby bumble bee:
Ow! It stung me!

I'm SQUISHING up the baby bumble bee,
Won't my mummy be EVER so proud of me;
I'm SQUISHING up the baby bumble bee,
Eugh! All sticky!

I'm licking up the baby bumble bee,
Won't my mummy be EVER so proud of me;
I'm licking up the baby bumble bee:
Ooh, I feel SICK!

I'm SICKING up the baby bumble bee,
Won't my mummy be EVER so proud of me;
I'm SICKING up the baby bumble bee:! Carrots!

I'm cleaning up the baby bumble bee,
Won't my mummy be EVER so proud of me;
I'm cleaning up the baby bumble bee:
Look - All gone!

Forty Years on an Iceberg

Forty years on an iceberg (make #10 four times with hands)
Out on the ocean wide (wave motion)
Nothing to wear but pyjamas, (slide hands up body from toes to head) Nothing to do but slide (slide hands down body from head to toes)
The wind was cold and icy, (shiver, arms around body)
The frost began to bite (pinch neighbours)
I had to hug a polar bear (hug neighbours)
To keep me warm at night,
(Tiddly om pom pom, tiddly om pom pom pom)

Forty years on a Guide camp
Out in the field so wide
Nothing to wear but uniform
Nothing to do but skive
Oh but it was parky
And how the ants did bite
You had to cuddle a Boy Scout
To keep you warm at night.

Meatball

Twas on the spaghetti, all covered with cheese
I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed

It fell on the table and onto the floor
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door

Out into the garden and under a bush
And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush

The very next summer there grew up a tree
And on it were meatballs to have for my tea

Tipperary

It's a long way to Tipperary
It's a long way to go
It's a long, long way to Tipperary
To the sweetest girl I know
Goodbye Piccadilly
Farewell Leicester Square
It's a long, long way to Tipperary
But my heart is there

Pack up your Troubles

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile
While you've a Lucifer to light your fag smile boys, that's the style
What's the use of worrying, it never was worth while so
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile

Green Grow the Rushes O

I'll sing you one o
Green grow the rushes o
What is your one o
One is one and all alone
And ever more shall be so

I'll sing you two o
Green grow the rushes o
What is your two o
Two, two the lily white boys
Clothed all in green
One is one and all alone
And ever more shall be so

Three, three the rivals

Four for the Gospel makers

Five for the symbols at your door

Six for the six brown walkers

Seven for the seven stars in the sky

Eight for the April rainers

Nine for the nine bright shiners

Ten for the Ten Commandments

Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven

Twelve for the twelve apostles

My Ship Sailed from China

My ship sailed from China with a cargo of tea,
All laden with presents for you and for me.
They brought me a fan : just imagine my bliss
When I found myself going like this (Like this, like this......)

To be sung seated in a circle; on first "Like this," start swaying one arm from side to side in time to the music; at each verse end, add the other arm, one leg, the other leg, the head and finally the whole body.

Singing in the Rain

I'm singing in the rain,
Just singing in the rain.
What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again,
(Wait a minute, Hang about,
Are you ready? Then watch out :)

Instructions then follow from the leader, e.g. knees together, bums out, toes together, thumbs up etc.. A chorus of "Rinky-dinks" or "Boom shawala" and the verse is resumed ad. lib.

Little Rabbit Foo-Foo

Little rabbit Foo-Foo,
Running through the forest,
Scooping up the field mice
And smacking them on the head :
(Spoken) : Down came a Fairy godmother, who said:

Little rabbit Foo-Foo,
I don't want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And smacking them on the head.
(Spoken) : I'll give you three chances, and if you don't behave I'll turn you into a Goo-oo-oon.

Repeat twice more, with "Two chances" and "One more chance"

Little rabbit Foo-Foo,
Running through the forest,
Scooping up the field mice
And smacking them on the head :
(Spoken) : Down came a Fairy godmother, who said:

Little rabbit Foo-Foo,
I don't want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And smacking them on the head.

(Spoken) : " I gave you three chances and you still didn't behave," and she turned him into a Goo-oo-oon.
And the moral of this story is : "Hare today, and Goon tomorrow."

Three Little Angels

Three little angels, all dressed in white,
Tried to get to heaven on the end of a kite,
But the kite string was broken, Down they all fell,
Instead of getting to heaven they all went to
Two little angels...... One little angel.....

Three little devils, all dressed in red,
Tried to get to heaven on the end of a bed
But the bed knob was broken..........
Two little devils ....... One little devil ......

Three little Girl Guides, all dressed in blue,
Tried to get to heaven on the seat of a loo,
But the loo chain was broken.........
Two little Girl Guides ...... One little Girl Guide ......

Don't be mistaken, don't be misled,
Instead of getting to heaven
They all went to BED!

Land of the Silver Birch

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver,
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will;
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more,
(Boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom).

My heart is sick for you here in the lowlands,
I will return once more, hills of the North.
Blue lake and rocky shore, etc..
(Boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom).

Swift as a silver fish, canoe of birch-bark,
Thy mighty waterways carry me home;
Blue lake and rocky shore, etc..
(Boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom).

My paddle's keen and bright, flashing with silver,
Follow the wild goose flight, dip, dip and swing;
Blue lake and rocky shore, etc..
(Boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom).

Here, by the blue lake's shore, I'll place my wigwam,
Close to the water's edge, silent and still;
Blue lake and rocky shore, etc..
(Boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom-diddy-ai-dai, boom).

The Pirate Ship

When I was one I'd just begun
The day I went to sea
I jumped aboard a pirate ship
And the Captain said to me,
'We're going this way, that way,
Forward, backward,
Over the Irish Sea,
A bottle of rum to warm me tum,
And that's the life for me' (Dah dah dah dah,
Dah dah dah)

When I was two I lost my shoe the day I went to sea

When I was three I cut my knee

When I was four I shut the door

When I was five I was still alive

When I was six I was in a fix

When I was seven I went to Devon

When I was eight I was nearly late

When I was nine I went down the line

When I was ten I started again, The day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship and the Captain said to me,
'We're going this way, that way, Forward, backward, Over the Irish Sea,
A bottle of rum to warm me tum, And that's the life for me'

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