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FUN SONGS

Around the Campfire

At Events

Riding in the car

Just for Fun

 

Compiled by

Pentamere Regional Minister of Youth

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Childrenís Filk (Old Tunes - New Words)

Do You See What I See

Iím a Viking

The Strong and Mighty Viking Song

Five Little Vikings

Iím a Big Old Viking

Old Man Olaf had a Farm

Row, Row, Row the Longboat

A Children's Pirate Shanty

Bob the Brave and Bold

Five Famous Prisoners in The Tower of London

R-O-L-L-O

The Huns Go Riding

Songs and Nursery Rhymes (Of the Middle Ages)

I have twelve oxen that be fair and brown

Sleepy-Head, Slow and Greedy

Blow, Wind, Blow

I Had a Little Hobby Horse

Adam and Eve

Hector Protector

The Grand old Duke of York

For Want of a Nail

SCA Songs

The Birthday Dirge

Bury Me At Pennsic

 

Piggy Back Songs

(Old Tunes - New Words)

 

Do You See What I See

By Marilyn Meyer
(tune: ďDo You Hear What I Hear?Ē)

Do You See What I See (repeat)

A Vi-king Ship O-o-off the Shore (repeat)

Youíd Better Bo-olt the Door,

Oh, youíd Better Bo-olt the Door

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Iím a Viking

By: Marilyn Meyer, Sarah Jean Meyer
(tune: Frere Jacques)

opening

Iím a Viking (repeat)

From the North (repeat)

I will cut your head off (repeat)

Just for Fun (repeat)

 

opening

My father sailed a longboat (repeat)

shore to shore (repeat)

 

opening

I will loot and pillage (repeat)

all your stuff (repeat)

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The Strong and Mighty Viking Song

by Marilyn Meyer
(tune: Oscar Mayer Weiner Song)

Oh, I wish I was a strong and mighty Viking

That is what Iíd truly like to be-e-e-e

ĎCause if I were a strong and mighty Viking

Every-one would be afraid of me.

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Five Little Vikings

by Marilyn and Emily Meyer
(Tune: Five Little Hotdogs Frying in a Pan)

Five Little Vikings Sailing in a Ship

The Waves got high and one took a dip

Four...Three...Two...One...

No Little Vikings...the ship took a dip!

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Iím a Big Old Viking

by Thunderlords (Heavy Metal for Kids)
(Tune: Iím a Little Teapot)

Iím a big old Viking

Iím not mean

I may look dirty

but I am clean

When Iím getting Happy

hear me scream

Take a Listen, hear what I mean

(Repeat louder and faster)

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Old Man Olaf had a Farm

by Thunderlords (Heavy Metal for Kids) & Sarah Jean Meyer
(Tune: Old McDonald Had a Farm)

Old Man Olaf had a Farm

E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a goose

E-I-E-I-O

(shout) WITH A HONK-HONK HERE AND

A HONK-HONK THERE

HERE A HONK

THERE A HONK

EVERYWHERE A HONK-HONK

Old Man Olaf had a Farm

E-I-E-I-O

Additional animals

Sheep- BAA 

Pig-OINK

Ox - MOO

Horse - NEIGH

Dragon - ROAR

Bear - GROWL

Historical Note : Vikings kept Bears as pets

Goat- NAA

Falcon - CHEEP

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Row, Row, Row the Longboat

By Sir Dirk Jomsvikingr
(Tune: Row, row, row the boat)

Row, row, row the longboat,

Quickly up the fjord!

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Time to swing the sword!

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A Children's Pirate Shanty

by Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers
(tune: Monty Python's "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK")

Chorus

I'm a pirate! That I be!

I sail me ship upon the sea!

I stay up late - till  half past three !

And that's a peg below me knee!

 

Yo Ho, my friends I have a tale

of treasure, plunder, sea and sail

my story's bigger than a whale

it gets so deep, ye'll have to bail.

Chorus

 

I like to fish, I like to fight

I like to stay up half the night

When I say "starboard" ye go right!

Me ma, she says, "Ye look a fright!"

Chorus

 

I've got no hand but that's me hook!

I pillage stuff but I'm no crook.

Me booty's in this chest I took.

They'll write about me in a book!

Chorus

 

And that's all there is to this song.

I hope it hasn't been too long.

A pirate's life might just be wrong

So grow up nice and big and strong!

Chorus

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Bob the Brave and Bold

by Rachel & Marilyn Meyer
 (Tune:  Battle  Hymn of Republic)

 

Bob the Brave and Bold had

Spurs upon his heels

Spurs upon his heels

Spurs upon his heels

Bob the Brave and Bold had

Spurs upon his heels

And he shined them up for War

 

A Belt Around his waist

Tied it up Snug and Tight

A Helm upon his head

Wore it with Pride and Honor

A Sword & Shield in Hand

Swung them with Great Might

A Horse beneath his Rump

Rode it With Great Skill

King and Country in his Heart

He was a Knight of Old

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 Five Famous Prisoners in The Tower of London

By Sarah Jean Meyer
 (tune: Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate)

The First one was a Bishop
He Threw a Party.

The Second one lived with his family
and wrote the History of the World.

The Third one was Guy Fawkes
he went in with a BANG!

The Fourth one went in as a man
and escaped as a woman.

And the Fifth one, well,
she ran as she lost her head.

 

Historical Note

1. Bishop Ralph Flambard was the very first prisoner in the Tower. He was also the first prisoner to escape - he threw a party and climbed down a rope while his guards were drunk!

2. Sir Walter Raleigh lived in the tower, as a prisoner, with his wife and children for thirteen years, he grew tobacco on the lawn and wrote The History of the World.

3. Guy Fawkes, the worldís most famous failure, plotted to blow up Parliament, unfortunately he was caught and executed. However, the British commemorate his failure on November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, with fireworks and bonfires.

4. Lord Nithsdale escaped the Tower on the eve of his execution by dressing as a woman and slipping past the guards.

5. Margaret Plantagenet Pole was executed for treason, however, she never believed herself a traitor. She refused to go quietly, and the 68 year old woman struggled against the executioner causing him to miss her head and merely strike her shoulder. She then got up and ran - it took eleven hits with the axe to finally kill her.

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R-O-L-L-O

By Sir Dirk Jomsvikingr
 (Tune: B-I-N-G-O)

There was a viking, had a dog

and Rollo was his name-o

R-O-L-L-O, R-O-L-L-O, R-O-L-L-O

and Rollo was his name-o...

[with clapping of course]

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The Huns Go Riding...

 By:  Marilyn & Sarah Jean Meyer
 (tune: When Johnny Comes marching home)

 

The Huns go riding one by one

Huzzah! Huzzah!

The Huns go riding one by one

Huzzah! Huzzah!

The Huns go riding one by one

Theyíll cut off your head just for fun

and they all go riding down

into the village

to pillage and Loot

Doom! Doom! Doom!

 

The Huns go riding two by two

Huzzah! Huzzah!

The Huns go riding two by two

Huzzah! Huzzah!

The Huns go riding two by two

Italy ís men were by far too few

and they all go riding down

into the village

to pillage and Loot

Doom! Doom! Doom!

 

The Huns go riding three by three

Huzzah! Huzzah!

The Huns go riding three by three

Huzzah! Huzzah!

The Huns go riding three by three

Attila died no more would they be

and they all stopped riding down into village

to pillage and Loot

Doom! Doom! Doom!

  

 Historical Note:

The huns were equestrian nomads, they traveled from place to place on horses. Under their leader, Attila, they attacked Italy many times. In 453, Attila died and without their leader the Huns more or less died out.

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Songs and Nursery Rhymes

(Of the Middle Ages)

I have twelve oxen that be fair and brown

by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , early 16th century

 

 I have twelve oxen that be fair and brown,

 And they go a-grazing down by the town.

With hey! with ho! with he-e-ey! with ho!

 Sawest not you mine oxen, you little pretty boy?

 

 I have twelve oxen, they be fair and white,

 And they go a-grazing down by the dyke.

With he-ey! with ho! with he-e-ey! with ho!

 Sawest not you mine oxen, you little pretty boy?

 

 I have twelve oxen, and they be fair and black,

 And they go a-grazing down by the lake.

With he-ey! with ho! with he-e-ey! with ho!

 Sawest not you mine oxen, you little pretty boy?

 

 I have twelve oxen, and they be fair and red,

 And they go a-grazing down by the mead.

 With he-ey! with ho! with he-e-ey! with ho!

 Sawest not you mine oxen, you little pretty boy?

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Sleepy-Head, Slow and Greedy Nan

Unknown, late 1300s or Early 1400s

Come, letís to bed, says Sleepy-Head;

Tarry awhile, says Slow;

Put on the pan, says Greedy Nan,

Letís sup before we go

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Blow, Wind, Blow

Unknown, Late 1100s

Blow, wind, blow! And go, mill, go!

That the miller may grind his corn;

That the baker may take it,

And into rolls make it,

And send us some hot in the morn.

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I Had a Little Hobby Horse

Unknown, Late 1400s

I had a little hobby horse,

and it was dapple grey;

its head was made of pea-straw,

its tail was made of hay.

I sold it to an old woman

for a copper groat

and I'll not sing my song again

without a new coat.

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Adam and Eve

Unknown, Late 1300s

When Adam delved and Eve span,

Who was then a gentleman?

Historical Note:

To delve means to work and 'span' refers to spinning yarn, there was no class distinction when there was only Adam and Eve

Rhymes allowed an element of Freedom of Speech to peasants who would be sentenced to death for speaking against the Upper Class. At about the time of the Bubonic Plague (Black Death), peasants realized that they were important to the  England 's economy. The 'Adam and Eve' rhyme was spread together with it's simple idea of equality. It helped to fuel the fire which culminated in the Peasants Revolt of 1381!

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Hector Protector

Unknown, Thought to be about Richard, Duke of York (1411Ė1460)

Hector Protector was dressed all in green;

Hector Protector was sent to the Queen.

The Queen did not like him,

Nor more did the King;

So Hector Protector was sent back again.

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The Grand old Duke of York

Unknown, also though to be about Richard, Duke of York, 1460

The Grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men,

He marched them up to the top of the hill

And he marched them down again.

When they were up, they were up

And when they were down, they were down

And when they were only halfway up

They were neither up nor down.

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For Want of a Nail

First published by John Gower, 1390

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost.

For want of a rider the battle was lost.

For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

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SCA Songs

The Birthday Dirge

No one knows if it originated at a Sci-fi Con or an SCA Event
 (Tune: Volga Boatmen)

Happy Birthday! <thud!>

Happy Birthday! <thud!>

1. So you've aged another year, Now you know that Death is near

2. Children dying far and near, They say that cancer's caused by beer

3. Death, destruction, and despair,  People dying everywhere

4. Typhoid, plague and polio, Coffins lined up in a row

5. Now that you're the age you are, Your demise cannot be far

6. Black Death has struck your town, You yourself feel quite run-down

7. Birthdays come but once a year. Marking time as Death draws near

8a. Long ago your hair turned grey, Now it's falling out, they say

8b. Soon your hair will all turn grey, Then fall out (or so they say)

9. Burn the castle and storm the keep, Kill the women, but save the sheep

10. Indigestion's what you get From the enemies you 'et

11. May the candles on your cake, Burn like cities in your wake.

12. May your deeds with sheep and yaks Equal those with sword and axe

13. This one lesson you must learn, First you pillage, then you burn

14. We brought linen, white as cloud Now we'll sit and sew your shroud

15. You're a period cook, its true, Ask the beetles in the stew

16. Now another year has passed, Don't look now they're gaining fast!

17. Now you've lived another year, Age to you is like stale beer

18. Now your jail-bait days are done, Let's go out and have some fun

19. See the wrinkles on your face, Like the pattern of fine lace

20. Were I sitting in your shoes, I'd go out and sing the blues

21. So you're 29 again, Don't tell lies to your good friend

22. Tho you're turning 29 Age to you is like fine wine

23. You must marry very soon Baby's due the next full moon

24. When you've reached this age you know That the mind is first to go

Yes, I know there are probably more - isnít this enough?

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Bury Me At Pennsic

by Andrew Blackwood MacBaine the Purple, 1995

Chorus

Home, home on the range...

Where the griffin and manticore play

And seldom is heard, even a bird,

'Cause the dragon's been eating all day!

 

Bury me at Pennsic, for that is where I'll die,

I always dream of Cooper's  Lake ... where the dragons fly!

I don't need no funeral parlor, you can dump me in my armor

When you bury me at Pennsic, for that is where I'll die.

Chorus

My boots are full of rain and mud, I got duct tape on my chin...

But I gotta get to Resurrection Point, so I can live again.

As we walk onto the battlefield, you can hear the people cheer,

Hey buddy, why don't we blow this joint and go get us a beer.

Chorus

Pennsic days are burning hot, most nights are freezing cold

And every morning I get up and wash off all the mold

I need a heighlan' woman who will help me with my sin

'Cause I sold my sole to the Devil -- if the MidRealm would only win!

Chorus

My lady she likes shopping at all the merchants there...

By the time that she gets done, my money pouch is bare!

When the war is over, we all make our own way home --

That's when I go down to the bank, and get me an equity loan.

Chorus

They're calling us to fight now, so I gotta go.

We've got to have the Bridge Battle, because it just might snow...

I got rust in my chain mail and my padding is mildewed,

And I got tears in my helmet -- from crying over you

Chorus

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