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Ging Gang Gooli

This song was originally written by Lord Baden Powell as a song all Scouts and Guides around the world could sing together because the lyrics were gibberish and not restricted to a mother tongue.

Ging gang gooli gooli gooli gooli watcha,
Ging gang goo,
Ging gang goo,
Ging gang gooli gooli gooli gooli watcha,
Ging gang goo,
Ging gang goo.

Hey la,
Hey la shay la,
Hey la shay la hey la ho oh!
Hey la,
Hey la shay la,
Hey la shay la hey la

Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly, Golly,
Oompa, oompa, oompa, oompa.

TIRO

To sing this song, you stand in a circle with your arms around the shoulders of the people next to you. As you chant the letters, you sway back and forth. Each time you repeat the song, you get faster. On the four OH!s, you lean forward into the circle, then out, then in, then back out again, and then go back to swaying. This becomes lots of fun the faster you go.

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Second time through:

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Oh!
Oh!
Oh!
Oh!

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Oh!
Oh!
Oh!
Oh!

T-I-R
T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

T-I-R
T-I-R-O.

Great Big Buffalo

Great big buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Great big buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Long, long ago, huff huff huff,
Long, long ago, huff huff huff,

Great big buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Tiny little buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Tiny little buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Long, long ago, puff puff puff,
Long, long ago, puff puff puff,

Tiny little buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Humongous buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Humongous buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

Long, long ago, huh huh huh,
Long, long ago,huh huh huh,

Humongous buffalo,
Coming round the mountain,
Long, long ago.

The Pirate Song

This song is sung by changing the rhyme each time. It is traditionally sung to the age of 10, but can go as high as however many participants you have. Each participant can be in change of coming up with a rhyme for each number and can be pointed to when it is their turn for their rhyme. 1 is used as the example here, but would change each time it is sung.

This song also has a few actions. For north, south, east, west, you tap your toe out in each of the cardinal directions. When you sing “up the Irish sea!” you raise your leg and clap underneath of it.

Oh!
When I was 1 I sucked my thumb,
The day I went to sea!
I climbed aboard a pirate ship,
The captain said to me,
We’re going North, South, East, West,
And up the Irish sea!
A bottle of rum to warm my tum, (or a stick of gum to fill my tum)
And that’s the life for me!

Sample Rhymes

When I was 1, I sucked my thumb.
When I was 2, I tied my shoes.
When I was 3, I fell from a tree.
When I was 4, I sailed once more.
When I was 5, I took a dive.
When I was 6, I played some tricks.
When I was 7, I went to heaven.
When I was 8, I filled my plate.
When I was 9, I found a dime!
When I was 10, I started again!

Da Moose

This is a repeat-after-me song.

Da moose,
Swimming in da water,
Not eating his supper,
Where did he go?
The moose is sleeping.

Da moose,
Floating in da water,
Not eating his supper,
Where did he go?
The moose is dead.

Da moose,
Sinking in da water,
Not eating his supper,
Where did he go?
The moose is decomposing!
The moose is decomposing!
The moose is decomposing!

Sally

This song repeats over and over, replacing Spark with different words. After Spark comes Brownie, then Guide, the Pathfinder, then Ranger, then Leader, then Mommy, then Grandma, then Angel, then ghost.

When Sally was a Spark,
A Spark,
A Spark,
When Sally was a Spark,
A Spark was she.

She went this way,
And that way,
And this way,
And that way,

When Sally was a Spark,
A Spark was she.

Final Verse:

When Sally was a ghost,
She went BOO!

At a Time Like This

This song has a core verse and adds lines in between each time it is sung. The added lines are in brackets (-), and can be added from the top down each time the song is repeated. All previous added lines are sung as well. For example. The third time sung, it would go, “At a time like this, (bugga bugga) (tut tut) (nanu nanu).”

At a time like this,
(bugga bugga)
(tut tut)
(nanu nanu)
(whoop whoop)
(beep beep)
(WHOA YEAH!)

At a time like this,
(bugga bugga)
(tut tut)
(nanu nanu)
(whoop whoop)
(beep beep)
(WHOA YEAH!)

At a time like this,
Whoa!
I need my friends to help me.
(bugga)
(tut)
(nanu)
(whoop)
(beep)
(WHOA YEAH!)

The Martian Song

This song can be sung repeat-after-me style, or all together.

Once I met a Martian,
Who comes from Mars,
He ate all my M&Ms,
And my chocolate bars.

He banged on my tambourine,
And played on my kazoo,
And then he showed me somethin’,
He did the hula-hu.

A hula, hula, hula, hu,
ka tang, ka tang, ka tang,
A glippity, gloppity, glippity, gloo,
A hula, hula, hu.

So if you meet a Martain,
Who comes from Mars,
Let him eat your M&Ms,
And your chocolate bars.

Let him bang your tambourine,
And buzz on your kazoo,
And maybe if you’re lucky,
He’ll do the hula-hu.

A hula, hula, hula, hu,
ka tang, ka tang, ka tang,
A glippity, gloppity, glippity, gloo,
A hula, hula, hu.

This Little Guiding Light

This little Guiding light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little Guiding light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little Guiding light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel, NO!
I’m gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel, NO!
I’m gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel, NO!
I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Take my little light ’round the world,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Take my little light ’round the world,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Take my little light ’round the world,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Don’t you phwoo (blowing out noise) my little light out,
I’m going to let it shine.
Don’t you phwoo my little light out,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Don’t you phwoo my little light out,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

This little Guiding light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little Guiding light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little Guiding light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Light the Wood

Light the wood,
The campfire burns,
We are gathered all around.
Now the flames are leaping high,
Underneath the evening sky.

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