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Or alternatively:

If you go down to the woods today you'd better go in disguise,
If you go down to the woods today you're in a for a big surprise,
For every bear that ever there was is gathered there for certain because
Today's the day the teddy-bears invade Po-land.

Lots of nasty teddy-bears, those stormtrooper teddy-bears,
All carrying guns.
See them blow Warsaw to bits, with tanks and Messerschmidts
What glorious fun!

As waves of stukas fly overhead, those bloodthirsty bears pile up the dead,
Today's the day the teddy-bears invade Po-land.

***********************************************

I have to agree with Cat that the campfires at the SWPF (to be held at Chatham next year) are among the best. Lots of sea-songs of course, and inevitably the opening theme from Muppets' Treasure Island, but also plenty of other stuff (and mercifully few dirges or crap 60s folk-revival numbers).

Personal favourites include (sorry for the nautical bias):
Spanish Ladies
Sam's Gone Away
The Diamond
All For Me Grog
Down Among the Dead-men
Fathom the Bowl
Old Fid
Santy-Ano
New York Girls
The Great Fish-finger Disaster
The Derelict
A Soldier and a Sailor
The Colours

And I don't think I'll ever be allowed to go to a camp-fire without singing "I Like Being Naked in the Morning", the "Cucumber Song", and a handful of others.


Here's a thought: an ECWS regiment (I forget which one) used to meet once a month for a sing. How about a cross-society campfire somewhere in the Spring?
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I remember at a few Viking shows back when I started first that we got to singing a "viking" song which went...

*in deep throaty viking voices* Rooooooooooooooooooooo..... Roooooooooooooooooooooooooo.................. Rooooooooooooooooo.................... (repeat a few times), then, suddenly, in happy cherry voices.... row row row ur boat gently down the stream!!!!

't woz a good laff to see ppl (MOP's, 't woz usually done in the pub, with lots of beer taken...) get all interested in the deep rythmic "rooooo" thinkin we were gona do some old viking song... and then be shocked and p**s themselves laughn when we danced around to row ur boat! only done it a couple times... wud love to see it again! lol!
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We were in borre two years ago and we had fights over the re enactor song cos a certain guy from dublin was pussyfooting over it and got in a huff so we gave up on it, its a class song, Panda knows the muff diving song apollogies for language lol, I knew some 16th and 17th century bawdy ballads need to learn them again, happy favourites like the fair maid of Isslington, The bakers wife, Doll and rodger, Lavenders green lavendaers blue, and personal favourite watkins ale, which isnt an ale per se but something that takes a lot of fun effort to bring forth and is like a shot than a tankard.....
A mate would sing row your boat in anglo saxon at events when he was p*ssed lol
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one of my favourites with which ever words/version
Sorry John Tams but i sing it badly

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY (3)


Our 'prentice Tom may now refuse
To wipe his scoundrel Master's Shoes,
For now he's free to sing and play
Over the Hills and far away.
Over the Hills and O'er the Main,
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
The queen commands and we'll obey
Over the Hills and far away.

We all shall lead more happy lives
By getting rid of brats and wives
That scold and bawl both night and day -
Over the Hills and far away.
Over the Hills and O'er the Main,
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
The queen commands and we'll obey
Over the Hills and far away.

Courage, boys, 'tis one to ten,
But we return all gentlemen
All gentlemen as well as they,
Over the hills and far away.
Over the Hills and O'er the Main,
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
The queen commands and we'll obey
Over the Hills and far away

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Sing song at shows? you want it! you come over and see me at the Ko, I'm well up for it, as many poor souls who know will tell you,
well my repertoire:
willy lennox (drowning song)
bracnh of may
wild rover
merry merry be
coal not dole
friends and companions
benjemin bowmineer
haul away joe
the old triangle
wase ale
wild mountain time
nolbe fox hunting
etc etc

we all ways sing out friend and companions and pass the port around for absent friends both living and gone the words for the song say it all and are simple,
may be some of the old hands may remember a show at porchester with the white company and co saint g, Ko wear phil alex and me song mountain time and the whole camp came to a holt, what a night bring them back I say!

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"Pirate songs: Barret's Privateers "

Oh yes, excellent toon.

Would add as a jolly camp fire ditty:

Pace egging song

'we're one, two, three jolly men all of one mind, we've come a pace-egging, we'l hope you'll prove kind..."

Mick

"haul away joe "

"we'll haul for better weather, haul away Joe.."
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"may be some of the old hands may remember a show at porchester with the white company and co saint g, Ko wear phil alex and me song mountain time and the whole camp came to a holt, what a night bring them back I say!"

indeedy oh matey.

Wild Mountain Time or Go Lassie Go was first heard by me in the late 80s, sung by Steve Baker, a campside classic, a favourite toon.

I do feel that when people started going to the pub after hours it killed off a lot of the camp fire spirit.

Last camp fire sing a long I had was at Colchester military fair last year, modern campsite, I was being looked after by Lord and Lady Roos, we were accosted by some nice ECWS/SK chaps and sang loads of things, brought back old times.
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I learnt a good one on Thursday night:

"Campfire's burning, campfire's burning
Draw nearer, draw nearer
See it glowing, see it glowing
Come sing and be merry!"
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here greogroy if you want campfires come over to the kings at tewksbury we'll have some beer, we tend to sit around the fire and drink as we can't leave the gun unattended

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Sounds like a plan.
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Thomas de Beauchamp wrote:Beastiality's Best Boys is not exactly new. I learn't it nearly 3 decades ago when I was the Rugby Colts mascot at school! My brother played for the colts(5th form or year 11 depending on your school system) and I'd just moved up from primary school! My innocense was very short lived!!!
It's stranged how easily these then Rugby Songs quickly became re-enactment campsite songs!
One song I heard in re-enactment circles that I'd love to know full version is "Teddy bears rave up"

It goes something like this to the tune of "Teddy Bear's picknick"
I remember the following excerpts but notthe order they come in!

If you go down to the woods today, You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today, You'd better go in disguise.
For ev'ry bear that ever there was, Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their raveup.
........
Rave up time for teddy bears,
the little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.
Grooving to the dulcet tones
that only status quo know how to play.
.......
Over there is Cresta Bear
He says it's frothy man
He's doing his little brain
Winnie the poo is having a trip.
Rupert Bear is doing a strip.
They recon he's on the game!
.......

There's gallons of scrumpy, green and lumpy
an' orible Watneys beer

.....
Beneath the trees where nobody see's
is Goldielocks tied down on her knees
and you can be sure she's getting more than porridge!

......
at five past twelve the coppers are coming
to take them all away
because they're naughty little teddy bears!

Can any one fit these together including the missing bits?
Full words found
If you go down in the woods today you better go in disguise.
If you go down in the woods today you're sure of a big surprise.
'Cos every bear that ever there was is gathered there for certain because
today's the day the Teddy Bears have their Rave Up.

There's Angel Bears who've come on their bike dressed in their leather gear.
There's gallons of Scrump all green with limps and 'orrible Watney's beer.
Yogi downed a pint of it quick, was very promptly 'orribly sick
and filled up both of Paddington's new wellies

Rave Up time for Teddy Bears.
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today.
Grooving to those heavy sounds
that only Status Quo know how to play.
Cresta Bear is freaking out.
He's frothing Man, he's blown his little brain.
Rupert's spaced, he's on a trip. Winnie the Pooh is doing the strip.
They reckon he's on The Game.

Now every bear that's ever been good is sure of a treat today,
for Mummy and Daddy and Baby bear have found a new game to play.
Beneath the leaves where nobody sees there's Goldilocks tied up to a tree.
You bet your life she's getting more than porridge.

So if you go down in the woods today you better not go alone.
It's lovely down in the woods today, but safer to stay at home.
'Cos it's a really kinky scene, a big butch bear is playing the Queen
and they don't call him Sugar Puffs for nothing.

Rave Up time for Teddy Bears.
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today.
Groping in the undergrowth,
Oh what would Enid Blyton have to say?
See them gaily stagger round, collapsing on the ground,
they haven't got any cares.
At 12 o'clock the coppers are coming to take them all away,
'cos they've been naughty little Teady Bears
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Francis de la Tedkin is very disapproving and says it casts a bad name on all teds!
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andy1863 wrote:one of my favourites with which ever words/version
Sorry John Tams but i sing it badly

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY (3)
The Company of St Jude can often be heard singing that around the beer tent. Probably the one were better know for is

St Jude's boy's,
we are here,
drink your women,
shag your beer,
with a faa laa laa laa la laa laa laa laa
St Jude's boy's are in the bar!
Don't drink with the COSJ's
Don't fight with the COSJ's
Don't sing with the COSJ's

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