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My father was a Boy Scout during the Depression. He learned a song with verses that related Bible stories. I have fond memories of my father singing this song around the campfire since I was barely old enough to walk. One verse goes something like this:

 

"David was a shepherd boy, a plucky little cuss.

Along came Goliath a-looking for a fuss.

But David knew he would beat him,

Or darn it he would bust.

So he picked up a hammer and he socked him on the crust."

 

Does anyone know any other verses to this song?

 

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Fscouter my man, you have come to the right place, I learned that as the Boy Scout Sunday School song,the chorus goes

 

Young folks, old folks everyboody come to the Boy Scout Sunday School and have a lot of fun, place your backpack sleeping bags and canteens at the door, and you'll hear some bible stories like you've never heard before...

 

besides your verse, here are some others I have

 

God made good and Satan made sin,

God made a hot place to put Satan in.

Satan didn't like it so he said he wouldn't stay,

And hes been acting like the devil ever since that day.

 

The earth was made in ten days and finished on the eleventh;

According to the contract it should have been the seventh.

But the carpenter got lazy, and the plumber wouldn't work,

So the only thing that they could do was fill it full of dirt.

 

Adam was the first man that ever was invented,

He lived all his life and never was contented;

He was made out of mud in the days gone by,

And hung on the fence in the sun to dry.

 

Adam was the first man, Miss Eve was his spouse;

They lived in the garden in a pretty little house.

Everything was cozy 'till the first son came;

They moved into the suburbs and they started raising Cain.

 

Noah was a carpenter, went walking in the dark,

Tripped on a matchstick and built himself an ark,

Called in the animals, two by two,

He thought he had an Ark, but he really had a zoo.

 

Joseph had a coat of many colors which he wore;

His brothers hadn't any and it made them awful sore,

So they took him out walking and they threw him in the sewer,

Then they sent him down to Egypt to take a little tour.

 

Daniel was a little boy who dis-obeyed the king;

The king said he wouldn't stand for any such a thing.

He threw him in a pit with lions beneath,

But Daniel was a dentist and he pulled the lions teeth

 

Jonah was an immigrant, so goes the Bible tale;

He took a steerage passage on a trans-Atlantic whale.

But Jonah didn't like it, though the service was the best.

So he pressed a little button and the whale did the rest

 

Shadrak, Meshak, and Abednego

Wouldn't obey the king, so they had to go,

King put 'em in a furnace, to burn 'em up like chaff,

But they had asbestos b.v.d.'s and gave the king a laugh.

 

Samson was a husky guy as everyone should know,

He used to lift five hundred pounds as strongman for the show.

One week the bill was rotten and the actors meek as a mouse,

But the strong man act of Samson's, it just brought down the house.

 

final chorus:

Now, good folks, we've told you all the dope;

We're sure we've done you lots of good, at least, that's what we hope.

Methuselah wrote these very words when he was but a youth,

And we have it from the old boy that every word's the truth!

 

I learned this song from an assisitant scoutmaster in the 60's in the western suburbs of chicago. He tols me the chorus was changed and he didnt know the actual one. I have always wondered if another troop knew this song. It is one of my favorites in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!

 

and dont get me started on the shaving cream song

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Mr. Old Grey Eagle, Sir, you have absolutely made my day! Like you, I absolutely love this song. It has got to be the best dang camp song ever made. You've added some verses I never heard before and I can't wait to visit my dad and jog his memory.

 

I've got a different chorus, and verses that are somewhat different from yours, which I'll list below.

 

Chorus:

Young folks, old folks, everybody come.

Join the Darky Sunday School and have a lot of fun.

Please check your chewing gum and razors at the door,

And hear some Bible stories that you never heard before.

 

Adam was the first man that ever was invented.

He lived all alone and never was contented.

They made him out of mud in the days gone by,

And hung him on the fence in the sun to dry.

 

Along came Eve and they had a great battle.

She climbed up a tree and knocked down an apple.

She knocked down two and they each had one,

and ever since then the trouble has begun.

 

(Chorus)

 

Jonah was a fisherman so goes the Bible tale.

He shipped across the ocean on a transatlantic whale.

He didnt like his quarters, for they were none the best,

So Jonah pushed the button and the whale did the rest.

 

(Chorus)

 

Sampson was a fighter of the Bob Fitzsimmons school.

He slew the Philistines with the jawbone of a mule.

A lady barber cut his hair so runs the anecdote,

And the copper came and ran him in and got his nanny goat.

 

(Chorus)

 

Along came Noah stumbling in the dark.

He picked up a hammer and built himself an ark.

Then came the animals two by two,

the rhino, the hippo, and the kangaroo.

 

First came the lioness, followed by the bear.

Then came the baboon without any hair.

For forty days and forty nights they sailed the ocean pond,

Then Noah kicked the lioness out because she was a blond.

 

(Chorus)

 

David was a shepherd boy, a plucky little cuss.

Along came Goliath looking for a fuss.

But David knew he would beat him,

Or darn it he would bust.

So he picked up a hammer and he socked him on the crust.

 

(Chorus)

 

Have you ever seen it in an old Scout song book? By the way, my dad calls this song "The Darky Sunday School", which was the name he was taught.

 

Oh, and shave every day and you'll always look keen!

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I've never heard this one before. Is there aparticular tune that it goes to or is it more of a chant? is there anyplace to get guitar chords for these types of songs?

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Wow! I would never have believed that song would be on a web site! Truly amazing! I may even try to bang it out on the piano and write the notes. I wonder if there is software that would turn the computer keyboard into a piano ...?

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FScouter

 

just about every song is on a website somewhere

 

so, complete this verse,

 

There once was a farmer who took a young miss

In back of the barn where he gave her a -

 

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anyway, the mudcat cafe has 3 versions of this song, and as it mentions it is also known as sweet violets. If you search for sweet violets you will see this version

 

http://www.mudcat.org/threads.cfm

 

the mudcat is great for old songs that are in the public domain so no royalties are needed when you download the lyrics

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Anybody know of a recorded collection of Scouting songs? Trying to get my Scouts to sing is tough enough without knowing the melodies. I've inherited the songbooks, but lack the tunes to many of the best ones. Anybody got a source for a CD or downloadable files?

 

Thanks

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