Campfire songs are a fun way to enjoy an evening in the woods of a slow stretch of highway on your family road trip. It’s always good to have a few of these tucked away…just in case the campfire mood needs a lift!
And while these may sound like the kind of fun to reserve with camping with kids or the scouts…they’re also a lot of fun with big kids too! On a quiet stretch of the Appalachian Trail, some friends & I broke out into song for a few miles and it put a spring in our step and gave us a few laughs. It also gave some thru-hikers that we stumbled on a good laugh…at our expense…but that’s another story!
Some of my favorite campfire songs that are popular at overnight camps and even good for long car rides, are the “Echo”-type songs where the singer sings a line and everyone else repeats it. One such song is “The Littlest Worm”…
The littlest worm (Echo)
I ever saw (Echo)
Got stuck inside (Echo)
My soda straw (Echo)
The littlest worm I ever saw,
Got stuck inside my soda straw.
He said to me (Echo)
Don’t take a sip (Echo)
For if you do (Echo)
I’ll surely flip! (Echo)
He said to me, “Don’t take a sip”
For if you do, I’ll surely flip!”
I took a sip (Echo)
And he went down (Echo)
Right through my pipes (Echo)
He must have drown (Echo)
I took a sip and he went down,
Right through my pipes he must have drown.
He was my pal (Echo)
He was my friend (Echo)
And now he’s gone (Echo)
And that’s the end (Echo)
He was my pal, he was my friend,
And now he’s gone at that’s THE END!!
Another fun campfire song (especially if it coincides with your dinner choice ;-) is the meatball song….
On top of spaghetti,
All covered with Cheese
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table,
And onto the floor,
Then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.
It rolled on the sidewalk
And down under a bush
And then my poor meatball
Was nothing but mush.
But the mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.
The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
With savory pasta sauce.
So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.
Although a classic campfire song, “Clementine” is a rather somber song, yet most kids love the chorus and sing it with pep…
In a cavern, in a canyon,
Excavating for a mine
Live a miner, forty-niner,
And his daughter, Clementine.
On my Darling, on my darling
Oh my darling, Clementine
You are lost and gone forever,
On my darling, Clementine.
Light she was, and like a feather,
And her shoes were number nine,
Herring boxes without topses,
Sandals were for Clementine.
Drove her ducklings to the water,
Every morning just a at nine,
Hit her foot against a splinter,
Fell into the foaming brine.
Ruby lips above the water,
Blowing bubbles soft and fine,
But, alas, I was no swimmer,
So I lost my Clementine.
In a churchyard near the canyon,
Where the myrtle doth entwine,
There grew roses and other poises,
Fertilized by Clementine.
Then a 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 with brine,
Though in life I used to hug her,
Now she’s dead I draw the line.
Listen fellers, head the warning,
Of this tragic tale of mine,
Could have saved my Clementine.
(Sing Chorus…one final time)
This last campfire song is a good one to get your campers giggling….
Do your ears hang low, do they waggle to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them over your shoulder like a conventional soldier?
Do your ears hang low?
Do your ears stick out, can you waggle them about?
Can you flap them up and down as you fly around the town?
Can you shut them up for sure, when you hear an awful bore?
Do your ears stick out?
Do your ears stand high, do they reach up to the sky?
Do they hang down when they’re wet, do they stand up when they’re dry?
Can you semaphore your neighbor with a minimum of labor?
Do your ears stand high?
I hope that these campfire songs add some giggles and fun to your next trek into the woods!