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California Here I Come

California here I come
Right back where I started from
Where towers of flowers bloom in the sun
Each morning at dawning
Birdies sing and everything
A sunkist miss said, "Don't be late"
That's why I can hardly wait
Open up that golden gate
California, here I come


Camp Arnold Song

(You're a Grand Old Flag)

You're a grand old camp, you're a wonderful camp
And you always and always will be
When we're here with you, our dreams come true
Camp Arnold we're faithful to thee
We have watched you grow, we have told you hello
And we never will say goodbye
Our hearts are true, we're all for you
Camp Arnold will ne ver die -- Hey!
(You might want to substitute your favorite camp here)


Campfires Burning

Campfires burning, campfires burning
Draw nearer, draw nearer
In the gloaming, in the gloaming
Come sing and be merry


Camping (1)

(Daisy)

Camping, camping, that's what we like to do
Ev'ry summer, we're off for a week or two
We never mind the weather
As long as we're together
But we don't approve of no room to move
In a hike-tent that's built for two


Camping (2)

(Strolling)

When we're camping, just camping
In the warmth of the summer air
We don't envy the rich, in their caravanettes
For a caravan is cheating
With hot water and central heating
When we're camping, just camping
With the light of the moon above
Every summer you will find us
With our city life behind us
When were camping out that's what we love


Camptown Races

De camptown ladies sing dis song, Doo-da, doo-da
De camptown racetrack five miles long, Oh! Doo-da! Day!
I come down dah wad my hat caved in, Doo-da, doo-da
I go back home wad a pocket full of tin, Oh! Doo-da! Day!

Wine to run all nice, wine to run all day!
I'll bet my money on de bob tail nag
Somebody bet on de bay

De long tail filly and de big black hoss
De fly de track and dey both cut across
De blind hoss stickin' in a big mud hole
Can't touch de bottom wid a ten foot pole

Old muley cow come on to de track
De bob tail fling her over his back
Den fly along like a railroad car
And run a race wid a shootin' star

See dem flyin' on a ten mile heat
Round de track, den repeat
I win my money on de bob tail nag
I keep my money in an old tow bag


Camp Vesper Hymn

God of the night, the stars, the skies
Catch o'er the fires, of day
Be with us as the sunset dies, and colours fade away
May incense from our campfires
Bear our gratitude to you in prayer
Most days begin with songs of birds
And meadows bright with dew
With breezes blowing free and clean beneath a sky of blue
Our meals combined with songs and fun
Bring friendship to everyone


Canadian Vespers

Softly at the close of day
As our campfire fades away
Silently each Cub/Guide should ask
Have I done my daily task
Have I kept my honour bright
Shall I guiltless sleep tonight
Have I done and have I dared
Everything to 'Be Prepared'


Cannibal King

Cannibal King with his big nose ring
Fell in love with his hoola dame
And every night by the pale moonlight
Across the lake he came
They hugged and kissed in the dusky mist
By the shade of a bamboo tree
And every night he stole a kiss
It sounded like this to me
Tiddly-um (kiss sound twice)
Tiddly-um (kiss sound twice)
Tiddly-um diddly-ei-de-aye
Tiddly-um (kiss sound twice)
Tiddly-um (kiss sound twice)
Tiddly-um diddly-ei-de-aye


Cecil

Cecil was a caterpillar, Cecil was my friend
The last time I saw Cecil he was *this* big
fingers about an inch apart
I said "Ooh, Cecil! What have you done?"
And Cecil Said
"I've eaten all the cabbages in the garden"

Cecil was a caterpillar, Cecil was my friend
The last time I saw Cecil he was *this* big
Hands about six inches apart
I said "Ooh, Cecil! What have you done?"
And Cecil Said
"I've eaten all the cabbages in the street"

And so on, until Cecil is so big that you have to run across the circle to indicate size, and Cecil's eaten all the cabbages in the Universe

Cecil was a caterpillar, Cecil was my friend
The last time I saw Cecil he was *this* big
fingers about an inch apart
I said "Ooh, Cecil! What have you done?"
And Cecil Said:
"I've been sick"


Checkmate

(God Save The Queen)

King George, he had a date,
He stayed out very late,
He was the King.
Queen Mary paced the floor;
King George came home at four,
She met him at the door
God save the King.


Cheese

It's cheese, it's cheese, it's cheese that makes the mice go round
It's cheese, it's cheese, it's cheese that makes the mice go round
It's cheese, it's cheese, it's cheese that makes the mice go round
It's cheese that makes the mice go round
It's mice, it's mice, it's mice that make the cats go round . . .
It's cats, it's cats, it's cats that make the dogs go round . . .
It's dogs, it's dogs, it's dogs that make the boys go round . . .
It's boys, it's boys, it's boys that make the girls go round . . .
It's girls, it's girls, it's girls that make the love go round . . .
It's love, it's love, it's love that make the world go round . . .
And so you see: it's really cheese
It's cheese, it's cheese that makes the world go round . . .


Chestnut Tree

Under the spreading chestnut tree, where I held you on my knee
We'll be happy as can be; under the spreading chestnut tree

The first time through, sing the words as written.
The second time, omit the word "tree" and instead imitate tree branches with upward and outward hand motions.
The next time, also omit "nut" and tap the top of the head.
Then, omit "chest" but pat the chest.
Then, omit "spreading" and instead spread hands apart, etc.
Replace "happy" with a scowl and growl.
At the finish, almost half the song will be gestures


Chinese Fan

My ship sailed from China with a cargo of tea
All laden with presents for you and for me
They brought me a fan, just imagine my bliss
When I fan myself going like this, like this, like this, like this

Verse 1 - Fan with right hand
Verse 2 - Fan with both hands crossing
Verse 3 - Fan with both hands and right foot
Verse 4 - Fan with both hands and both feet
Verse 5 - As above plus nodding slowly


Christmas Time

(Jingle Bells)

School is out, we won't pout
Cubs shout "hip hooray!"
Something Special's coming soon
And it's Christmas day
Wrap the gift, trim the tree
Mind your Mum and Dad
You'll get presents if you do
Boy, won't you be glad!


Clementine

In a cavern, in a canyon, excavating for a mine
Lived a miner, forty-niner, and his daughter Clementine

Oh my darling, Oh my darling
Oh my darling Clementine
You are lost and gone forever
dreadful sorry, Clementine

Light she was, and like a fairy, and her shoes were number nine
Herring boxes without topses, sandals were for Clementine

Drove she ducklings to the water every morning just at nine
Hit her foot against a splinter,fell into the foaming brine

Ruby lips above the water, blowing bubbles soft and fine
Alas for me! I was no swimmer, so I lost my Clementine

In a churchyard near the canyon, where the myrtle doth entwine
There grow roses and other posies, fertilized by Clementine

Then the miner, forty-niner, soon began to peak and pine
Thought he oughter join his daughter, now he's with his Clementine

In my dreams she still doth haunt me, robed in garments soaked in brine
While in life I used to hug her, now she's dead I draw the line

How I missed her, how I missed her, how I missed my Clementine
Until I kissed her little sister, and forgot my Clementine

Now ye Scouts all heed the warning to this tragic tale of mine
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation would have saved my Clementine


Coke-a-Cola

Coke-a-cola, Coke-a-cola
Makes you burp, makes you burp
Have another bottle, have another bottle
Burp burp burp, burp burp burp


Colours of Day

Colours of day dawn into the mind
The sun has come up, the night is behind
Go down in the city, into the street
And let's give the message to the people we meet

So light up the fire and let the flames burn
Open the door let Jesus return
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show

Go through the park, on into the town
The sun still shines on, it never goes down
The light of the world is risen again
The people of darkness are needing our friend

Open your eyes, look into the sky
The darkness had come, the sun came to die
The evening draws on, the sun disappears
But Jesus lis living, His Spirit is near


Come, Come, Ye Saints

Come, come ye Saints, no toil or labor fear; but with joy wend your way
Though hard to you this journey may appear, grace shall be as your day
'Tis better far for us to strive, our useless cares from us drive
Do this and joy your hearts will swell. All is well! All is well!
Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard? 'Tis not so; all is right
Why should we think to earn a great reward if we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins, fresh courage take, our God will never us forsake
And soon we'll have this tale to tell: All is well! All is well!


Come On and Sing With Me

Come on and sing with me, hey dee noon oh
Come on and sing with me, hey dee noon oh
Come on and sing with me, hey dee noon oh
Come on and sing with me, hey dee noon oh

Sing everybody sing, hey dee noon oh...

Other Verses:
Come on and clap with me ...
Come on and slick with me ...
Come on and stamp with me ...
Come on and stretch with me ...


Coming of the Frogs

(Battle Hymn of the Republic)

Mine eyes have seen the horror
of the coming of the frogs
They are sneaking through the swamps
they are lurking under logs
You can hear their mournful croaking
through the early morning fog
The frogs keep hopping on

Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit, croak, croak
Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit, croak, croak
Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit, croak, croak
The frogs keep hopping on

The frogs have grown in numbers
and their croaking fills the air
There's no place to escape to
'cause the frogs are everywhere
They've eaten all the flies
and now they're hungry as a bear
The frogs keep hopping on

I used to like the bullfrogs
like to feel their slimy skin
Liked to put them in my teacher's desk
and take them home again
You can hear their mournful croaking
through the early morning fog
The frogs keep hopping on


Comin' Through the Rye

If a body meets a body, comin' through the rye
If a body kiss a body, need a body cry
Every lassie has her laddie, none they say have I
Yet all the lads they smile at me
When comin' through the rye
If a body meet a body, comin' from the town
If a body greet a body, need a body frown
Every lassie has her laddie, none they say have I
Yet all the lads they smile at me
When comin' through the rye


Commercial Mix-up

(Farmer in the Dell)

Last night I watched TV, I saw my favorite show
I heard this strange commercial, and I can't believe it's so
Feed your dog Chiffon. Comet cures the cold
Use S-O-S pads on your face to keep from looking old.
Mop your floors with Crest. Use Crisco on your tile
Clean your teeth with Borateem, it leaves a shining smile
For headaches take some Certs. Use Tide to clean your face
And do shampoo with Elmer's Glue, it holds your hair in place
Perhaps I am confused, I might not have it right
But one thing that I'm certain of, I'll watch TV tonight!


Consider Yourself At Home

(Consider Yourself)

Consider yourself at home
Consider yourself one of the family
We've taken to you so strong
It's clear, we're going to get along
Consider yourself well in
Consider yourself part of the furniture
There isn't alot to spare
Who cares, whatever we've got we'll share
If it should chance to be we should see
Some harder days, empty larder days
Why grouse?
Always a chance we'll meet
Somebody to foot the bill
Then the drinks are on the house
Consider yourself our mate
We don't want to have no fuss
For after some consideration we can state
Consider yourself one of us


Cowboy's Grace

Been out on the range
All dusty and tired
Been ridin' and ropin' all day
Around the chuck wagon
We bow down our heads
And sing out the cowboys' grace
Allelujah, Amen Amen
Allelujah, Amen Amen


Cruising Down the River

Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon
With one you love, the sun above
Waiting for the moon
The old accordian playing a sentimental tune
Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon
The birds above, all sing of love
A gentle, sweet refrain
The winds around all make a sound
Like softly falling rain
Just two of us together, we'll plan a honeymoon
Cruising down the river, on a Sunday afternoon


Cuddly Koalas

(Frere Jacques)

Cuddly koalas, cuddly koalas
(cradle & swing arms)
Possums too, possums too
(possum eyes - circle with finger & thumb brought up to eyes)
Wallabies and wombats, wallabies and wombats
(little bounce/jump/bend knees with hands in front, rather like begging action)
Kangaroos, kangaroos
(bigger jump, more exaggerated hands)

Works well as a round


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