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During our closing flag ceremony at every camp I went to, we always sang at least the first verse of Taps (also sometimes known as Day is Done. It sometimes turned into an obscure trivia contest to find someone who actually knew the second verse. Since my Girl Scout leader was a life-long scout herself, she made sure we knew it. There are actually many different versions of Taps floating around, as evidence by reading the Taps Wikipedia Article.

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hill, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Thanks and praise for our days
‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky.
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

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America The Beautiful

Lesser known, but just as beautiful a song, we often reserved America The Beautiful for our ceremonies where parents were invited. The song was originally written in the 1880s by Katherine Lee Bates and the music was composed by church organist Samuel A. Ward (from Wikipedia)

O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain.

America; America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown they good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet whose stern impassioned stress,
A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness.

America; America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for glorious tale of liberating strife,
When valiantly for man’s avail, Men lavished precious life.

America; America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness
And ev’ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears.

America; America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown they good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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This is a fun song we learned when learning about Australia for an International Day festival one year.  I’m told it’s a popular song for children down under.  When I was younger, I thought Kookaburra was a name for a Koala Bear, but it’s actually a large (11-17″) bird native to Australia and New Guinea.  Kookaburras are known for their loud, unique call which sounds a lot like a human laugh, hence the song lyrics.  For more information on kookaburras, check out Wikipedia.

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Merry merry king of the bush is he
Laugh Kookaburra, laugh Kookaburra
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Eating all the gumdrops he can see
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
Leave some gums for me

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
That’s no monkey, that’s ME!!!

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