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Camp Fire Song

Lyrics and Melodies to Sing Around the Fire

Camp fire song on the brain? Remember the tune but can't find the lyrics to your favorite campfire songs? Enjoy this list of lyrics and melodies of several songs to sing on your next family road trip! Your next favorite campfire song is listed here.

We love singing! Whether it's in the truck on our way to our next adventure, sitting around a campfire with new friends, or in a campground shower, we're all about tunes! Here are some of our favorite camping songs.

Since not everyone knows the tunes, I have included an audio file below the lyrics to each song so you can hear how they go. Now, keep in mind that it's just me (Rayven) singing this, without music, and its intended only for you to catch the melody, so forgive my less than American Idol vocals!



My Grandfather's clock was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.

It was bought on the morn when my grandpa was born,
And was always his treasure and pride---
But it stopped short never to go again
When the old man died.

Ninety years without slumbering (clap, clap, clap, clap)
His life's seconds numbering (clap, clap, clap, clap)

But it stopped short never to go again,
When the old man died.

Campfire Song: KOOKABURRA

(this is best sung in rounds)

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gumdrops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me

And here is a version with 9 yr old Sara sung in a round.

Camp Fire Song: DOWN BY THE BAY

(get creative here, and have the kids make up as many lyrics to this camp fire song as they can think of)

Down by the bay where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do, my mother will say:

Did you ever see a moose kissing a goose
Down by the bay?

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go
For if I do, my mother will say

Did you ever see a fly, wearing a tie
Down by the bay?

...Did you ever see a bear, in underwear
Down by the bay?

...Did you ever see whale, biting his tale
Down by the bay?

...Did you ever see a goat, rowing a boat
Down by the bay?

...Did you ever see a cat, kissing a bat
Down by the bay?

...Did you ever have a time when you couldn't make a rhyme
Down by the bay?


Campfire Song: Linger

Mm, mm, I want to linger
Mm, mm, a little longer
Mm, mm, a little longer here with you

Mm, mm, its such a perfect night
Mm, mm, it doesn't seem quite right
Mm, mm, that this shall be my last with you

Mm, mm, here comes September
Mm, mm, I will remember
Mm, mm, our camping days and friendships true

Mm, mm, and as the years go by
Mm, mm, I'll think you inside
Mm, mm, this was goodnight and not goodbye

Camp Fire Song: Rose

(best sung in rounds; its eery and beautiful)
Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose
Will I ever see thee wed?
I will marry at thy will, Sire
At thy will

Peace, peace, peace, peace
Wars have been and wars will cease.
We must learn to live together.
Peace, peace, peace

America, America
Shall I tell you how I feel?
You have given me your riches
And I love you so.


(our all time favorite camp fire song)

Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine,
I'll taste your strawberries, I'll drink your sweet wine.
And a million tomorrows shall all pass away,
Ere I forget all the joys that are mine, today.

I'll be a dandy and I'll be a rover,
You'll know who I am by the songs that I sing.
I'll feast at your table, I'll sleep in your clover,
Who cares what tomorrow may bring.


I can't be contented with yesterday's glory,
I can't live on promises winter to spring.
For today is my moment and now is my story,
I'll laugh and I'll cry and I'll sing.


Camp Fire Song: Wisdom

God gave the wise men their wisdom
And to, the poets, their dreams
To father and mother their love for each other
But he left me out so it seems

I went around brokenhearted
Thinking life was an empty affair
But when God gave me you -It was then that I knew
He had given me more than my share

Campfire Song: Mountain Stream

I know a place where no one ever goes
There's peace and quiet, beauty and repose

Its hidden in a valley beside a mountain stream
And lying their beside the stream
I find that I can dream

Only a place where beauty to the eye
Snow peeked mountains high above the sky
Now I know that God has made this world for me

Camp Fire Song: Flicker

The flicker of a campfire, the wind in the pines
The moon in the heavens, the stars that shine
A place where people gather to make friends of all kinds
A place where all our troubles are always left behind

ba-dum, ba-da-da-da-da-dum

So give me the light of a campfire, warm and bright
And give me some friends to sing with; I'll be here all night
For love is for those who find it; I found mine right here
Just you and me and the campfire, with songs, we love, to hear

ba-dum, ba-da-da-da-da-dum

Camp Fire Song: Dreams

May all of your dreams bloom like daisies in the sun
May you always have stars in your eyes
May you not stop running not until your race is won
May you always have blue skies

A dream is something all your own to keep within your heart
To build on when you're glad, or when you're world's been torn apart
A dream is something all your own that no one else can steal
A dream is something you can make come real


Now you can share a laugh with any stranger you may meet
Or you can share your money with a beggar on the street
But you can only share a dream when love has set it free
So please won't you share yours with me.


Camp Fire Song: Fish and Chips and Vinegar

(Sing this in a round, with each person taking a different verse.)

One bottle of pop.
Two bottles of pop.
Three bottles of pop.
Four bottles of pop.
Five bottles of pop.
Six bottles of pop.
Seven, seven bottles of pop.

Don't throw your trash in my my backyard.
My backyard.
My backyard.
Don't throw your trash in my backyard.
My backyard's full.

Fish, and chips and vinegar, vinegar, vinegar.
Fish, and chips and vinegar.
Pepper, pepper, pepper salt

Campfire Song: FIRE

One dark night
When we were all in bed
Old Mother Leary
Lit a lantern in the shed

And when the cow kicked it over
She winked her eye and said,
"There's gonna be a hot time
In the old town, tonight."


One night dark
In bed we all were in
Old Mother Leary
Lit a shed the lantern in

And when the kick cowed it over
She eyed her wink and said,
"There's gonna be a time hot
In the town old, tonight."


Camp Fire Song: Fudge

(this is a good "change the subject" song...just start singing it when life gets out of control and everyone else will sing it too.)

Fudge, fudge, call the judge
Mama's gonna have a baby
Not a girl, not a boy, just a plain old baby

Wrap the diaper up in tissue throw it down the elevator
First floor stop
Second floor stop
Third floor, you better not stop cause HOT spells hot!


(this one will stick with you; its another family favorite camp fire song)

Swing and turn, Jubilee,
Live and learn Jubilee.

It's all out on the old railroad,
It's all out on the sea,
All out on the old railroad,
Far as I can see.


Hardest work I ever done
Working on the farm,
Easiest work I ever done
Swing my true love's arm.


I won't have no wider man
Neither will my cousin,
You can get such stuff as that
For fifteen cents a dozen.


Coffee grows on a white oak tree,
Sugar runs in brandy
Girls as sweet as a lump of gold,
Boys as sweet as candy.


Some will come on Saturday night
Some will come on Sunday,
And if you give them half a chance
They'll be back on Monday.


Saddle up the old gray horse,
Who will be the rider?
Ride him down to the corner store
And get a jug of cider.


If I had a needle and thread
As fine as I could sew
I'd sew my true love to my side
And down this creek I'd go.


In some ladies fine brick house
In some ladies garden
Let me out or I'll break out
Fare thee well my darling


If I had no horse to ride
I'd be found a-crawlin'
Up and down this rocky road
Lookin' for my darlin'.


All I want is a big fat horse
Corn to feed him on
Pretty little boy to stay at home
And feed him when I'm gone


Campfire Song: Edelweiss

Edelweiss, Edelweiss,
Every morning you greet me,
Small and White,
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me..

Blossoms of snow may you bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever

Edelweiss Edelweiss
Bless my home land forever

Call from Far Away

Once you learn this song, you can scream it from far away and the rest of the family can hear it. The first part is the "call" and the second part is the "answer". I've had success with this camp fire song at more than a mile away (on a canoe trip).

CALL: High Low Eenie Meenie Ca-Ca Mmm Chow Chow and a Pea Wow Wow

ANSWER: Ishmael Hunka Bunka Hunka Chunka A-dy E-dy I-dy O-dy Yoohoo!

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