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Postby sally » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:24 pm

Just been to a non-re-enactment event where there was a very jolly sing-song with lots of nice alternative versions of otherwise well known ditties. Reminded me that time was at most big events you'd get a lot of campfire singing, and often groups had their own songbooks with favourite or slightly mangled lyrics.

How about a thread here to collect some of the better or most notorius ones? Its been a long time since I've heard a really comprehensive range of songs round the campfire and we are bound to have newer people who have never had some of them inflicted upon their tender eardrums at all.

So, post your favourite campfire song below and we'll see how many we can collect in one thread :D Or, if this has been done already here and I just can't spot it, point this at the right thread and we'll ressurrect it if needed.



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Postby Annis » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:09 pm

ooh, I'm currently putting together my own book of songs sung at campfire or the bakhus sing songs at Kentwell. I've also added a few of my own.

One of my most favoured songs is Matty Groves.

I also like The Three Coachmen with the rude verse on the end!
Oh and The Rattlin' Bog is good too. And the odd authentic song, like Green Grow the Rushes-o

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Postby Attilla the Bun » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:19 pm

The Rattlin' Bog is ok the first time you hear it...


There's the Woad Song, for those of us who lurk in earlier periods


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Postby Annis » Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:23 pm

Attilla the Bun wrote:The Rattlin' Bog is ok the first time you hear it...


And Green Grow the Rushes-O is ok the first time you sing it. NEVER sing it twice in one night.

These are the usual ones sung at KW:
Matty Groves
Whiskey in the Jar
The Keeper
South Australia
Green Grow the Rushes-o
Three Jolly Coachmen (with the rude end verse)
Sweet Molly Malone
Wild Rover
The Ratlin' Bog
On Ilkley Moor Bah Tat
Way Haul Away
Dona Dona Dona
I Am a Reenactor
Various authenty songs, including Metin Says To His Man, when we REALLY can't think of any other songs to sing (we even have a few KW verses in there too)


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Postby Ian Harbottle » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:56 am

I've got the words to the "Gold" songs that the Roberts brothers used to bang out at Cosmeston many years ago (nicked them of Cowley's old website), still makes me chuckle.



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Postby Annis » Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:54 pm

Does anyone know the lyrics to a song that includes numbers (i think it goes from 1 to 11) and includes the following lyrics: Dah Dee Do Dah Doo Dah Day (the last time its sung to the National Anthem tune)

Does that make sense?!


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Postby Wayland2002 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:40 pm

There was a song that was sung to the tune of the wild rover, it started off:

I've been a re-enactor for many a year and
I've spent all me money on weapons and beer


but I can't remember the rest of it.



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Postby Panda » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:03 am

There is the re-enactor song that is sung over here. Always a good one if you can convince someone to sing it. Also I don't really consider it an event untill someone has mangled Hotel California. There are also the ones that one prefers not to mention in decent company... :wink:


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Postby Annis » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:22 pm

The version I know is completely different, it was written by a Kentwellie, so I'm not passing it on due to copyright :lol:

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Postby auldMotherBegg » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:13 am

I love all the old Scottish ballads...

Over the Sea to Skye
The Yellow on the Broom
Banks and Braes
The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
A Jacobite one... 'Johnny Cope' ? (not sure if that's the name, but it is a really lively one)
Another Jacobite one whose refrain is, 'I will go, I will go, to the land of Macleod which I left to be a soldier, I will go, I will go'... which is hauntingly lovely and sad.
...well, all of them, really!

and some of my favourite newer ones...

Zombie, by the Cranberries
Hey Jude, by the Beatles
Hotel California (as mentioned above!)



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Postby Mordengaard » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:09 am

My first ever re-enactment show was "Hurricane" Tintagel ('03 I think?), the year the beer tent became the Topless Troll's Bottom (yes, enjoy that mental image). We spent most of Saturday night chasing gazebos and enjoying the hospitality of a fire, where we first heard sung the "Choccy Biccy" song.
Only a couple of weeks ago, and I was on gate duty when I heard it again, but forgot (*headdesk*) to go catch up.
So, if anyone knows the song or the originator, get in touch. It's driving me nuts.

Also, I still have a signed CD from Eileen O'Toole from a couple of years back, some great songs on there like "Mr. Valentine's Dead".

Also, pirate re-enactors beware, I've met someone who can sing the foulest (and funniest!) version of "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" you've ever heard.


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Postby Squish » Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:36 pm

Ian Harbottle wrote:I've got the words to the "Gold" songs that the Roberts brothers used to bang out at Cosmeston many years ago (nicked them of Cowley's old website), still makes me chuckle.


As the creator of the songs I'm glad to know some people still have the good taste to know them :)

If anyone starts a gold song in my vicinity then be prepared to be corrected ;)

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Postby Philippa de Vere » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:30 am

The group I'm with have been known to sing 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm' in latin - great way to scare MOP's in a restaurant!!


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Postby Ace » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:22 pm

Over the years I have come across a few song books for the re-enactor.

There are now more songs to add such as the 'Jedi song' etc


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Postby Cat » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:05 pm

Ace is the singer of one of the funniest spoof songs-the Starwars version of American Pie- that I've ever heard.

'Bye bye little Anakin guy
May be Vader some day later now he's just a small fry
Left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
Singing soon i'm gonna be a Jedi (get down!) soon I'm gonna be a Jed iii'

And it has lots of verses too.
Sal, ask Jalea who knows loads, and is still singing with Jarrard (Jared? Big tall singing Welshman), 'cos they've got most of the Cossy ones written down.

Squish, yes. And I've taught my class for the last 2 years Old MacDonald, in Latin. As a special treat. We also tried 10 viridis amphorae, but i forgot the long bit at the end.

Oh, and if you like to sing, you need to go to the SW pirate festival, songs of all the periods all night, get kinda raucous towards last orders!

Lots of love from the Cat who knows one verse and chorus of every song known to re-enactor. Just one verse and chorus!

OOh, that sounds a bit like Green Fields of France...do you know, at Tatton there was me (with me knackered voice-it's been very, very ill) and Willo, leading the singing corner. The rule had to be 'a happy song in between each suicide-inducing first World War song...'


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Postby Lindsay » Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:03 am

This one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-gi4Nt_xxg

:D

Cat wrote:Ace is the singer of one of the funniest spoof songs-the Starwars version of American Pie- that I've ever heard.

'Bye bye little Anakin guy
May be Vader some day later now he's just a small fry
Left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
Singing soon i'm gonna be a Jedi (get down!) soon I'm gonna be a Jed iii'



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Postby Squish » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:56 pm

We also tried 10 viridis amphorae, but i forgot the long bit at the end.


X Viridis Amphorae!

An d I can't recall it either :(



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Postby Cat » Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:38 pm

Whatever is Latin for 'we're stuffed. There is no Roman word for zero.'
Latin Latin, not Babelfish Latin (which is the best I can do!).


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Postby gregory23b » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:29 pm

"Also, pirate re-enactors beware, I've met someone who can sing the foulest (and funniest!) version of "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" you've ever heard."

Bestiality's best.

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The ECWS Britons/Woad, but sung to Men of Harlech

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The late Steve Baker used to be the main songsmith for old WCo, introduced me to:

Will you go lassie go - wonderful tune, ace heard live by a group called Tre

Black Ribbon band

and many more.

Nowadays with beer tents and trips to the pub, the campfire sing along is seldom heard. Oh, the days when you sat round a fire in teh middle of nowhere, all your booze stocked up, wrapped up warm, an eye watering tune or two (in both senses), chatting with yer mates....ah misty eyed me.


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Postby Hraefn » Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:19 am

It just ain't the same sat round a small raised firebaskety thing ahhh but once upon a time.............my first Tewksbury the evenings spent roaming from campfire to campfire hearing a beautiful rendition of Crazy Man Micheal which made me well up, then staggering on to the next fire where some black leather vikes singing The Ol' Dun Cow kept passing an ENORMOUS horn of mead round to all comers off to another with people fire jumping.....and so on 'til dawn.

Hush hush time to be sleeping
hush hush dreams come a creeping (another jacobite one methinks) 1968 jacobite

found it here http://ingeb.org/songs/onceourv.html
http://ingeb.org/folksong.html

I thought everyone knew the Beastiality's Best song

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Postby steve stanley » Sat Nov 03, 2007 6:22 am

Must be doing different events...I can't remember one where we Haven't had a campfire sing-song(whether I can remember the words is a different matter....)......And "Bestialitys best" can go on for ever...
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Postby Thomas de Beauchamp » Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:27 am

Wayland2002 wrote:There was a song that was sung to the tune of the wild rover, it started off:

I've been a re-enactor for many a year and
I've spent all me money on weapons and beer


but I can't remember the rest of it.


Curtesy of the British Plate Armour Society, I found this on their web site.

The Re-Enactor
To the tune of "The Wild Rover"
I've been a re-enacter for many a year,
And I've spent all my money on weapons and gear
But now I'm returning, battle weary and sore
And I swear that I'l not re-enact any more.
Chorus:
And It's no, nay, never,no, nay, never, no more
Will I be a re-enacter,
No never, no more.
I've Seen many Battles, I've Seen many fights
I've slept on the ground, known many sleepless knights
I've fallen in rivers, I've fallen in mud
Been hit on the head and got covered in blood.
CHORUS
With my pack overloaded, I wait for the train
It's freezing and dark and its started to rain
With my gear in the guardsvan, I ask am I sane
I'll tell you right now, I won't do this again.
CHORUS
But when I get home and I crawl into bed
Feeling so tired that I wish I was dead
I look at my gear lying thrown on the ground
and can't wait 'till the next battle day comes around.

Get practicing. We expect a perfect rendition by Tewksbury!



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Postby ViscontesseD'Asbeau » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:24 am

In the early 1980s, we had a certain guitarist from Led Zeppelin play an acoustic guitar at our campfire. He was going out with one of our girls, at the time and came along with her to an event. I'd never heard of him (as they were slightly before my time and anyway more of a boy thing, I guess) but have gathered since that was probably the ultimate campfire sing-along (I can't honestly remember anything about it although I was there!) Word didn't get round other regts, either as we didn't find our fire suddenly mobbed or anything, it was just our regt so I don't think it's gone down in ECWS legend. But it happened! (I know of two other people still re-enacting who were there!)

I always loved 'Bedlam Boys Are Bonny' and 'Noble Diggers Stand Up Now'. I once heard the most spectacularly beautiful song about a drowning (cheerful) which have never heard again and because I only heard it once, can't remember words or tune but I know for several years after hoped I'd hear someone sing it. I'd love to find that song one day.

We still have our original regt's songbook, somewhere which was one of the first there was and was passed around all over the place - seem to remember some Norfolks had it, one night. Amazingly, we got it back.

One reason we stopped 15thC was there was no singing and in our group they were all in bed by 9pm (bizarre!) and try as we might we could never get them singing or doing anything, of an evening. Sounds like other groups have more fun. Back to the 17thC where the partying goes on all night! (And there's free food in the day!)



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Postby Lindsay » Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:14 pm

Is it Willie's Drowned in Yarrow?
http://www.contemplator.com/child/rarewil.html

(It's the first song about drowning that springs to mind! ;-) )

ViscontesseD'Asbeau wrote: I once heard the most spectacularly beautiful song about a drowning (cheerful) which have never heard again and because I only heard it once, can't remember words or tune but I know for several years after hoped I'd hear someone sing it. I'd love to find that song one day.


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Postby Maladicta » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:03 am

Brazier Favourites
(The Abbey aren't too happy with people setting fire to their precious oval)

* King Henry
* Something about red wine, a circle, and friends - Amanda knows what it is. Wayward sings it.
* The Highwayman
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* Lilly Maid
*Black Fox



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Postby Cat » Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:15 pm

AuldmB, I think the chorus goes:
I will go , I will go
When the fighting is over
To the land of MacLeod
That I left to be a soldier
I will go I will go

And he gets back and it's all been torched. Flash sings it, badly.

Viscontesse, I agree about the Diggers, and Tom o' Bedlam - the uncensored version is spine chilling when done well.
The drowned man one isn't about the naiiad Jenny Greenteeth, is it? Pretty bird, sitting by the pond brushing lustrous locks, bloke gets chatted up and then drowned in short order by her?

As for Tie me kangaroo down (shagawallabee), it can go on for ever.


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Postby strumpet_hunter » Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:59 pm

does anybody know how song this song?

So far from home, and every man's an enemy;
So far from home, and little chance of leave.
So far from home; no pretty wife to comfort me
Pity us poor soldiers, we've cause enough to grieve.
As I walked out, one winter's morning early
The mist hung in the valley, I'd no cause to tarry long.
The cheery birds were silent, I felt the mist about me
And heard the sound of voices raised in mournful marching song.
Chorus
And as I stood, a horse and armoured rider
Came marching at the vanguard of a line of trudging men.
Bright feathers in their helmets, their faces dark and cloudy
I never saw a sadder sight than passed before me then.
Chorus
No sound there came from horse's hoof or bridle:
No sound from the armour or the weapons that they wore.
Only their voices, raised up in singing,
Broke the eerie silence as they marched across the moor.
Chorus

i'm looking for the mp3 version :(


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Postby Gail Horn » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:42 am

Hush hush time to be sleeping

When the Spawn were small enough to need singing to sleep, that was one of their favourite lullabies! :D

Thanks for the tune - I've been having a dispute for years about the fact that the tune to the chorus and the verse is different! (I'm right... :twisted: )


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Postby m300572 » Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:16 pm

"Also, pirate re-enactors beware, I've met someone who can sing the foulest (and funniest!) version of "Tie Me Kangaroo Down" you've ever heard."

Bestiality's best.



Did he used to sing in the Glasgow University Beer Bar - that's where I learned that one (and made up a few verses)

Pirate songs: Barret's Privateers

Scottish ones - too many to mention (but you have to mangle a few Proclaimers numbers - we used to march to the lyrics - We're on our way, from happiness to misery todaaaay, Ochone, Ochone!!).


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Postby Thomas de Beauchamp » Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:48 pm

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?




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