Riki Tiki Tomba

Riki Tiki Tomba

This is a fun song, though you have to listen to the song to get the rhythm going. I don’t know the origins and I can’t find much about it online. It’s a repeat after me song, where the girls sing the lines back after a counselor starts the song.

Tomba Tomba (repeat)
A riki tiki tomba (repeat)
A moosa moosa moosa (repeat)
Wayla wayla wayla wayla (repeat)

Repeat the first three lines louder and louder each time, but do the “Wayla” do it very softly

On the final time, sing the first part soft and the “Wayla” loud.

Check out this video to get the rhythm! They do it the opposite of how I learned it, getting quieter each time it’s repeated. To each his own 🙂

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Moonshadow

Moonshadow

Yes, the song Moonshadow was made famous by Cat Stevens, though I learned this song at camp long before I knew anything about Cat Stevens.  We sang it frequently by the fire as some of the last songs of the evening to wind down before bed.

(Chorus) I’m being followed by a moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow
Leaping and hopping on a moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow
 
And if I ever lose my hands
Lose my plough, lose my land
Oh, if I ever lose my hands
Oh, well…
I won’t have to work no more
 
And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colors all run dry
Yes, if I ever lose my eyes
Oh well …
I won’t have to cry no more.
 
Chorus
 
And if I ever lose my legs
I won’t moan and I won’t beg
Oh if I ever lose my legs
Oh well…
I won’t have to walk no more.
 
And if I ever lose my mouth
All my teeth, north and south
Yes, if I ever lose my mouth
Oh well…
I won’t have to talk…
 
Did it take long to find me
I ask the faithful light
Ooh did it take long to find me
And are you going to stay the night.
 
Chorus
Moon shadow, moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow


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Songs from 1970-1975. By Cat Stevens. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Folk Rock. Songbook (softcover). With vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 328 pages. Music Sales #AM70624. Published by Music Sales (HL.14006263).
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On My Honor

On My Honor

Another great slow song, On My Honor is popular to sing in troop meetings, ceremonies, and at camp.  We didn’t sing it so much at camp since, although it was Girl Scout camp, not every girl that attended was actually a Girl Scout.  Many included their registration fees in their fees to attend camp, but never bothered to join troops in their local areas.  I think they’re missing out by doing this, but at least they’re at camp!

Chorus:
On my honor I will try,
There’s a duty to be done and I say aye,
There’s a reason here for a reason up above,
My honor is to try and my duty is to love.
 
People don’t need to know my name,
If I’ve done any harm, then I’m to blame.
If I’ve helped anyone, then I’ve helped me,
If I’ve opened up my eyes to see.
 
I’ve tucked away a song or two,
When your feeling low, there’s one for you,
If you need a friend, then I will come,
And there’s so many more where I come from.
 
(Chorus)
 
Come with me where a fire burns bright,
We can even see better by candle’s light,
We can find more meaning in a campfire’s glow
Than we ever learned in a year or so.
 
We’ve made a promise to always keep,
And we pray night falls before we sleep.
We’ll be Girl Scouts together and when we’re gone,
We’ll still be trying and a singing this song.
 
(Chorus)

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Barges

Barges

There are several versions of this song, but at camp we always sang the original version.  It was a popular song to round out the evening before bed… slow and quiet and wouldn’t get the girls all riled up. It’s sung in a flowing manner.

Out of my window looking in the night,
I can see the barges’ flickering light.
Silently flows the river to the sea,
And the barges too go silently.
 
Barges, I would like to go with you,
I would like to sail the ocean blue,
Barges, have you treasures in hold?
Do you fight with pirates brave and bold?
 
Out of my window looking in the night,
I can see the barges’ flickering light,
Starboard shines green and port is glowing red,
You can see them flickering far ahead.
 
Barges, I would like to go with you,
I would like to sail the ocean blue,
Barges, have you treasures in hold?
Do you fight with pirates brave and bold?


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Rise Up O Flame

Rise Up O Flame

Rise Up O Flame is a great song to sing at any camp out as the fire is being lit.  It’s intended to be sung in an eight-part round, but we usually just cut it off once the fire was nice and roaring.  If it took too long, sometimes we’d sing it until we were sick of it or we’d usually cut it off and start it up again once the counselors broke to figure out why the dang fire wasn’t lighting! There was a superstition I was told about as a young scout that if you didn’t sing the song, you’d have problems lighting the fire. My “research” did not bear this out, but it’s a nice tale for the campers!

Rise up, O Flame by thy light glowing,
Show to us beauty, vision and joy.


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Make New Friends

Make New Friends

Interestingly, in doing my research I found another verse to this song that I’d never been taught!  We always just sang the first verse in our meetings, and even in going away to Girl Scout camp, I never learned another version.  I wonder if this is a regional thing?  If you know, please share!

Make new friends, but keep the old,
One is silver and the other’s gold.
A circle’s round, it has no end,
That’s how long I want to be your friend.
 
Friendships come and friendships go,
But we’ll be together, this I know.
You’ll need me and I’ll need you,
And together we will make it through.


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