Old Lady Leary

Posted by Trish | Posted in Songs & Music | Posted on 26-09-2009

Old Lady Leary

Before singing this song, divide the group into 4 and have a different counselor or person lead each section, cuing them for their part.  Sing the first part together, then break it up in order.  Groups 1 & 2 can sing in normal voices, but it’s fun for group 3 to sing their lines in a high pitch and for group 4 to sing their lines in a deep gruff firefighter voice.

Late last night, while we were all in bed.
Old lady Leary left a lantern in the shed
and when the cow kicked it over, she winked her eye and said
“It’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight”

Group 1: Fire! Fire! Fire!
Group 2: Water! Water! Water!
Group 3: Save My Child! Save My Child!
Group 4: Jump, Lady, Jump!

John Jacob Jingle Heimer-Schmidt

Posted by Trish | Posted in Songs & Music | Posted on 19-09-2009

John Jacob Jingle Heimer-Schmidt

This is a fun song.  As you sing it, you repeat the words getting quieter and quieter each round until it’s too quiet. You also sing it faster and faster as you repeat it.

John Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmidt,
His name is my name, too!
Whenever we go out, the people always shout,
“There goes John Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmidt!”
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!

If You’re Happy & You Know It

Posted by Trish | Posted in Songs & Music | Posted on 12-09-2009

If You're Happy & You Know It

Everyone knows this song, but some people as they get older tend to forget the lyrics exactly.  So here they are as a reference point.

If you’re happy and you know it
Clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it Clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it
Clap your hands

Continue in a similar manner
If you’re happy and you know it
Stomp your feet.
If you’re happy and you know it
Shout “Hooray!”
If you’re happy and you know it
Do all three

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Posted by Trish | Posted in Songs & Music | Posted on 05-09-2009

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

To be honest, you have to really know your audience when teaching girls this song because there is a dirty version floating around out there.  With girls getting exposed to more adult themes more and more these days, you have to be careful that they won’t try to sing the dirty version and teach the other girls the dirty version.  When I worked at Camp Deer Lake in Silver Springs, CA we had girls coming from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and some thought it was funny to sing the dirty lyrics instead, so be warned of the possibility.

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o’er your shoulder like a Continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

Calamine Lotion

Posted by Trish | Posted in Songs & Music | Posted on 29-08-2009

Calamine Lotion

This is a fun summer time song when at camp or out hiking locally.  Since mosquito bites are fairly common in the summer time, this is a song that all the girls will have fun with and be able to relate to.  I’ve had a few experiences where I had to explain to a girl what Calamine Lotion is, but it’s worthwhile for the connection they’ll make when singing the song.

Calamine, Calamine, Calamine Lotion
Ooo, no no no not the lotion
Itchy itchy scratchy scratchy
Ooh I got one on my back-y
Quick, get the bug spray!
I think he went that way!
Fwssst. Ugh. I got that bug.