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The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

I’d say that most children in America are taught The Star-Spangled Banner at some point, but even adults need the lyrics for reference sometimes, especially for that second verse that they never sing at baseball games, do they? As the National Anthem for the United States, it’s important for girls to learn the song for official troop ceremonies and events!

Oh, say! Can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave.
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
 
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their lov’d homes and war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

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Quatilyacha

Quatilyacha

A fun song that my girl scout leader taught us.  I assume it was from Australia but I’m not sure.  We would sing it in a regular speed the first time, and then faster and faster each time we repeated it.  A fun song to get out the energy before sitting down to focus on a task. I seem to remember some hand gestures that went along with this, but I don’t remember what they were exactly.  A lot like a hand clapping/slapping game, if you catch my drift. If you know, tell me!

Quatilyacha, Quatilyacha,
doodily do, doodily do,
Quatilyacha, Quatilyacha,
doodily do, doodily do,
 
Simplest thing there isn’t much to it,
all ya gotta do is doodily do it,
I like the rest, but the part I like the best is the doodily doodily do, DO!

 

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Kum Ba Yah

Kum Ba Yah

This is a pretty religious song, so these days it might be avoided if parents are particularly sensitive. With a lot of the religious songs we sang in Girl Scouts growing up, it was easy to replace Lord with Earth, but this one uses it so often I don’t think it would be possible.

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.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
 
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
 
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
 
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.
Oh, Lord, Kum Ba Yah.

 

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Button Factory

Button Factory

This is a fun song as it involves a lot of activity.  Hilarity will ensue, especially with younger, less coordinated girls. In addition to just being plain fun, it also helps teach very small girls their right from left and the different names of body parts! This song is really less sung and more said like a poem.

Hi, my name is Joe
And I work in a button factory
I got a wife and dog and a family
One day, my boss said to me and said Hi Joe, are ya busy I said no
So I pushed the button with my right hand

Make a push gesture with the right hand. Repeat song adding new body parts to push with and keep doing all actions simultaneously.

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Gee Mom I Want to Go Home

Gee Mom I Want to Go Home

I guess this song assumes that this is either a co-ed camp (which generally means it’s not a Girl Scout camp), or there’s a nearby co-ed or Boy Scout camp! One of the Girl Scout Camps I went to did, in fact, have a Boy Scout camp down the road but it was not close enough for anyone to get into any trouble. Also, what are the girls doing drinking coffee?! 🙂

The boys at the teepee,
They say are mighty fine,
They’re either under seven,
Or over ninety-nine.
 
Chorus:
I don’t want no more of camp life,
Gee mom, I want to go, oh, mom, I want to go,
Gosh, mom, I want to go home.
 
The food at the teepee,
They say is mighty fine.
A roll fell off the table
and killed a friend of mine
(Chorus)
 
The t-shirts at the teepee
They say are mighty fine,
Me and my buddy can both fit into mine
(Chorus)
 
The watermelon at the teepee
They say is might fine,
the counselors get the red part
And we get all the rind
 
(Chorus)
The coffee at the teepee
They say is might fine,
It’s good for cuts and bruises
and tastes like iodine.

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