The Princess Pat

The Princess Pat

Since it’s been awhile since I was a scout myself, I often do some research to make sure the words I remember for these songs are complete.  When doing research, I found two different versions of this song.  First is the one I remember, then the second is a revision I found while looking. This is a “repeat after me” song.  The girls repeat the lyrics after each line is sung by the song leaders.  Whenever we sang it, we also made a crown over our heads with our hands! During the chorus, the song leader would hold the note of the words “made” and “called” during the chorus. This was one of my favorite songs!

The Princess Pat
Lived in a tree
She sailed across
The Barron Sea
She sailed across
The Channel too
And she took with her
a Rickabamboo
A Rickabamboo?
Now what is that?
It’s something made
By the Princess Pat
It’s red and gold
And purple too
That’s why it’s called
A Rickabamboo
Now Captain Jack
Had a mightily fine crew
They sailed across
The channel too
But his ship sank
And yours will too
If you don’t take
A Rickabamboo

This revised version is from and claims to be the original version, as sang by Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry of Canada

The Princess Pat’s Light Infantry
They sailed across the seven seas
They sailed across the channel too
And they took with them, the Rickadandoo.
The Rickadandoo, now what is that?
It’s something made by the Princess Pat
It’s red and gold, and purple too,
That’s why it’s called, the Rickadandoo.
Now Captain Jack, had a mightily fine crew,
They sailed across the channel too,
But his ship sank, and yours will too,
If you don’t take the Rickadandoo.
The Princess Pat, saw Captain Jack,
She reeled him in, and brought him back,
She saved his life, and his crew’s too,
And do you know how?—with the Rickadandoo.


  1. weird

  2. weird but cool

  3. Loved this song!! My sister and I used to song all the time! Great memories being in scouts!

  4. Love this song!!! Love being a GS!!

  5. GS ROCK!!!
    Did you go to rock the mall? 2012
    It was hot. A couple people passed out! 🙁

  6. I loved singing this song and will be teaching my Daisies this year. I like all the movements that go with it too.

  7. Awesome song! There’s a parody called “the little rats”

  8. Love singing this song at camp every year!

  9. I learned the song at my camp I went to! I LOVE this song!

  10. Girl Guides, Camp Makeewa, early sixties………..great memories…….:)

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