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CAMPSONG SARAH THE WHALE

IN FRISCO BAY THERE WAS A WHALE, THEY FED HER OYSTERS BY THE PAIL,
BY BATHTUB, BY TEACUP, BY THIMBLE AND BY SCHOONER.
HER NAME WAS SARAH AND WHEN SHE SMILED,
SHE SHOWED HER TEETH FOR MILES AND MILES,
AND TONSILS, AND SPARE RIBS AND THINGS TOO FIERCE TO MENTION.
OH, WHAT YOU DO WITH A WHALE LIKE THAT? OH, WHAT WOULD YOU DO
IF SHE SAT ON YOUR HAT? OR YOUR TOOTHBRUSH, OR YOUR COUNSELOR,
OR ANYTHING'S THAT'S USEFUL LIKE THAT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): SATIRE OF CAMP COUNSELOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SARASPONDA

SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, SARASPONDA, RET-SET-SET(REPEAT),
AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-OH, AH-DO-RAY-BOOM-DAY-RET-SET-SET,
AW-SAY-PAW-SAY-OH. BOOMDA,BOOMDA,BOOMDA, (REPEAT).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): NONSENSE SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Phonology Phonetics

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SLAP BANG

SLAP BANG, HERE WE GO AGAIN, HERE WE GO AGAIN, HERE WE GO AGAIN,
SLAP BANG, HERE WE GO AGAIN, JOLLY CAMPFIRE GIRLS, WE LAUGH, WE SING,
WE LAUGH HA HA WE SING TRA LA, SLAP BAMG, HERE WE GO AGAIN,
JOLLY CAMPFIRE GIRLS.

Submitter comment: SING TWO MORE TIMES, ONCE SLOW AND ONCE REAL FAST.
SONG IS SUNG WHILE STANDING.
THERE IS BOTH CLAPPING AND SLAPPING OF THE THIGHS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Joy Happiness
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SUGAR BUSH

SUGARBUSH I LOVE YOU SO, I WILL NEVER LET YOU GO,
DON'T LET YOUR MOTHER KNOW, SUGARBUSH I LOVE YOU SO.
CHOCOLATE YOU ARE SO SWEET, YOU YES YOU I'D LOVE TO EAT,
WHEN I EAT YOU WHAT A TREAT, CHOCOLATE YOU ARE SO SWEET.
SUGAR BUSH I LOVE YOU SO, LET THE OTHER FELLOWS GO,
DON'T YOU LET YOUR MOTHER KNOW, SUGARBUSH I LOVE YOU SO.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT SUGARBUSH IS.
SHE GUESSES SUGARBUSH IS SOME MAGICAL EDIBLE PLANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SWIMMING

SWIMMING, SWIMMING, IN A SWIMMIMG HOLE, WHEN DAYS ARE HOT,
WHEN DAYS ARE COLD, IN A SWIMMING HOLE,
BREAST STROKE, SIDE STROKE, AND FANCY DIVING TOO,
OH DON'T YOU WISH YOU NEVER HAD ANYTHING ELSE TO DO.
FOR CAMP WATHANA, YOU'RE THE CAMP FOR ME,
YOU'RE THE CAMP THAT I LOVE BEST,
NO OTHER PLACE I'D BE,
CAMP WATHANA FOR YOUR'S IS A MERRY WORLD.
I SING TO YOU THIS JOYOUS SONG FOR I AM A CAMPFIRE GIRL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG SWINGING ALONG

SWINGING ALONG AN OPEN ROAD UNDER A SKY THAT IS CLEAR,
SWINGING ALONG THE OPEN ROAD IN THE FALL OF THE YEAR,
SWINGING ALONG, SWINGING ALONG, SWINGING ALONG THE OPEN ROAD,
ALL IN THE FALL OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG TAPS

DAY IS DONE, GONE THE SUN,
FROM THE LAKES, FROM THE HILLS, FROM THE SKY,
ALL IS WELL SAFELY REST, GOD IS NYE, WO-HE-LO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG THERE'S A BLUE SKY

THERE'S A BLUE SKY WAY UP YONDER, THERE'S A BLUE SKY OVER MY HEAD,
THERE'S A BLUE SKY WAY UP YONDER, THAT'S A COVER FOR MY BED.
AND WHEREEVER I WANDER, AND WHEREEVER I ROAM,
THERE'S A BLUE SKY WAY UP YONDER THAT'S CALLING ME HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG THERE IS A CAMP

THERE IS A CAMP, ALONG LAKE WILDEMIERE, THAT'S WHERE OUR FUN BEGINS,
RIGHT HERE AT CAMP.
WE'RE HERE EACH YEAR, READY TO GIVE A CHEER
AND HELP OUR COUNSELORS DEAR RIGHT HERE AT CAMP.
THERE IS A CERTAIN SOMETHING YOU WILL LIKE,
WE KNOW YOU'LL LOVE TO SWIM AND BOAT AND HIKE.
WE'RE HERE EACH YEAR, READY TO GIVE A CHEER
AND HELP OUR COUNSELORS DEAR RIGHT HERE AT CAMP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG TONGO

TONGO, JIM NEE BYE BYE-OH
TONGO, COM BA DE KIM BYE-OH
OOH-A-LAY, MAH-LE-KA-AH LO WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG TONGUE TWISTER SONG

ONE GRASSHOPPER JUMPED OVER THE OTHER GRASSHOPPER'S BACK. . .
ONE SLICK SNAKE SLID UP THE SLATE
WHILE THE OTHER SLICK SNAKE SLID DOWN. . .
ONE MAD MOOSE MOVED MERRILY WHILE THE OTHER MAD MOOSE MOVED MAD. . .
ONE PINK PORPOISE POPPED UP THE POLE WHILE THE OTHER PINK PORPOISE
POPPED DOWN. . .
ONE WARM WORM WIGGLED UP THE WALL
WHILE THE OTHER WARM WORM WIGGLED DOWN.
CHORUS: THEY WERE ONLY PLAYING LEAPFROG,
THEY WERE ONLY PLAYING LEAPFROG,
THEY WERE ONLY PLAYING LEAPFROG, AS. . .

Submitter comment: BEGIN SONG OVER AFTER CHORUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG UPWARD TRAIL

WE'RE ON THE UPWARD TRAIL, WE'RE ON THE UPWARD TRAIL,
SINGING, SINGING, EVERYBODY SINGING AS WE GO.
WE'RE ON THE UPWARD TRAIL, WE'RE ON THE UPWARD TRAIL,
SINGING, SINGING, EVERYBODY SINGING HOMEWARD BOUND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Joy Happiness
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG PROCESSIONAL

WE COME, WE COME TO COUNSEL FIRE, WITH MEASURE TREAD AND SLOW,
TO LIGHT THE FIRE OF OUR DESIRE, TO LIGHT THE FIRE OF WO-HE-LO,
WO-HE-LO, WO-HE-LO.
THE LITTLE TWINKLING STARS ON HIGH ARE WHISPERING NATURE'S LORE,
WHILE ALL AROUND US THE SOFT WIND SIGHS
AND GREAT WOKANDA WATCHES O'ER, WO-HE-LO, WO-HE-LO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG MY LITTLE FLIVER

MY LITTLE FLIVER IS A RIGHT GOOD FRIEND,
ALL YA GOT TO GIVE HIM IS A TWIST AND A BEND,
HE AIN'T WORTH A NICKEL BUT I'LL BET MY JEANS,
HE'S BROUGHT A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF SMILES TO ME.
HE NEEDS NEW TIRES, THE FRONT AND THE REAR,
AND THE HORN WON'T SPEAK TO THE STEERING GEAR.
HE'S A LITTLE LOPSIDED AND HIS LAMPS WON'T LIGHT,
BUT OUTSIDE OF THAT MY FLIVER'S ALRIGHT.
HONK DIDALY, HONK, HONK, BEEP, BEEP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG KIAWITA

KIAWITA OH HOW WE LOVE YOU AND ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE STOOD FOR.
KIAWITA WE WON'T FORGET YOU BUT AWAY WE'RE BOUND AWAY,
KIAWITA WE LONG TO STAY.
KIAWITA WE LOVE YOUR LAUGHTER AND HEARD IT RINGING TRUE,
OUR COUNSELORS COULD NE'ER BE BETTER
FOR WE LOVE THEM AS DEAR AS YOU,
GREAT COUNSELORS LIKE THEM ARE FEW.
KIAWITA WE LONG TO TELL YOU OF ALL THE FUN WE'VE HAD HERE, OF ALL THE
FRIENDS THAT WE HAVE MET HERE, BUT AWAY WE'RE BOUND AWAY,
KIAWITA WE LONG TO STAY.

Submitter comment: SING TO THE TUNE OF SHENANDOAH

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG I LOVE MY SHIRT

I LOVE MY SHIRT, I LOVE MY SHIRT, MY SHIRT IS SO COMFORTABLY, LOVELY.
IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT STARTS TO WEAR,
THAT ONLY MAKES IT BETTER STILL.

Submitter comment: REPEAT WITH DIFFERENT CLOTHES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG HEAD, SHOULDERS

HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES, KNEES AND TOES,
HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES, KNEES AND TOES AND EYES AND EARS
AND MOUTH AND NOSE, HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES, KNEES AND TOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG GRASSHOPPERS THREE

GRASSHOPPERS THREE A-FIDDLING WENT, HEY, HO, NEVER BE STILL,
THEY PAID NO MONEY FOR THEIR RENT, BUT ALL DAY LONG WITH THEIR
ELBOWS BENT, THEY FIDDLED A TUNE CALLED RIL-LA-BY, RIL-LA-BY,
FIDDLED A TUNE CALLED RIL-LA-BY-RILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG DIP, DIP AND SWING

MY PADDLE'S KEEN AND BRIGHT, FLASHING LIKE SILVER,
FOLLOW THE WILD GOOSE FLIGHT,
DIP, DIP AND SWING.
DIP, DIP AND SWING HER BACK, FLASHING LIKE SILVER,
FOLLOW THE WILD GOOSE TRACK, DIP, DIP AND SWING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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CAMPSONG DONKEY RIDING

WERE YOU EVER IN QUEBEC, STOWING TIMBER ON THE DECK,
WHERE THERE'S A KING WITH A GOLDEN CROWN, RIDING ON A DONKEY.
CHORUS: HAY HO AND AWAY WE GO, DONKEY RIDING, DONKEY RIDING,
HAY HO AND AWAY WE GO, RIDING ON A DONKEY.
WERE YOU EVER OFF THE HORN, WHERE IT'S ALWAYS NICE AND WARM,
CHORUS.
WERE YOU EVER IN CARTER'S BAY, WHERE THE FOLKS ALL SHOUT HOORAY,
HERE COMES JOHNNY WITH THREE MONTHS PAY, RIDING ON A DONKEY,
CHORUS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Mount Clemens

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Nostalgia

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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