Baloo's Bugle

August 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 1
September 2007 Theme

Theme: Cub Scout Express
Webelos: Citizen & Communicator
Tiger Cub
Activities

SONGS

Don’t miss –

Train Song – Wolf Book, pg. 165, part of Elective #11c

Railroad Classics

Ruth in Syracuse

I would like to share a list of train songs for the August issue of "Baloo's Bugle," for September's theme, "Cub Scout Express."  They can be sung at den and pack meetings.  If a leader does not know them, they can ask for help from a parent, music teacher, or senior citizen.  And if one of the Cub Scouts knows any of them, he can teach it to the den or pack, which will increase his confidence.

These songs continue to have staying power, especially in this age of Top 40 tunes that do not.

The songs include:

"This Train Is Bound For Glory"
http://www.gospelmusic.org.uk/s-u/this_train.htm
http://www.smithsonianglobalsound.org/trackdetail.aspx?itemid=39386

"Rock Island Line"
http://www.songsforteaching.com/trainsongs/rockislandline.htm

"Get On Board"
http://www.songsforteaching.com/blackhistorymonth/getonboardlittlechildren.htm

"New River Train"
http://www.songsforteaching.com/trainsongs/newrivertrain.htm

"Train Is `A-Coming"
http://www.gardenofsong.com/sunflower.html

"Little Red Caboose" (for Tigers}

Taught to me by Diane from South Dakota at the Philmont RT Class a few years ago.

Little red caboose, chug chug chug

Little red caboose, chug chug chug

Little red caboose behind the train, train, train, train

Smokestack on his back, back, back, back

Coming down the track, track, track, track

Little red caboose behind the train

Whoo-Whoo!

"Freight Train"
http://www.song-teksten.com/song_lyrics/peter_paul_and_mary/in_the_wind/freight_train/

"City Of New Orleans"
I saw Arlo in concert this spring – 40th Anniversary tour of “Alice’s Restaurant”
http://www.arlo.net/resources/lyrics/new-orleans.shtml

"Charlie and the MTA "
I have seen the Kingston Trio several times at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House
http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/song/song-465.asp
None of these guys are the Kingston Trio but they are funny and there are a lot more versions on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHzM2SRGuEU&mode=related&search=
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXgo2GTKPEg&mode=related&search=

How Not To Meet A Train

Heart of America Council

Passing out a sheet with the song and desired sound effects printed on it would be very helpful for this song.

Divide the audience in half

ü  Half of the audience sings the verses to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Around Mountain”

ü  The other half makes the sound effect at the end of the line.

Once there was a family with a Ford.
                                                         (Rattle, rattle, bang, bang)

Who jumped inside and down the highway roared.
                                                                (Vroooooooommmm)

They listened to the birds,                                 (Tweet, tweet)

The mooing cows in herds.                          (Moooooooooo)

They honked the horn whenever they felt bored.
                                                                      (A-ooooooooo-ga)

The clock ticked on and day began to end.     (Tick, Tock)

The sun went down and darkness did descend.     (Thump)

And as the rain came falling.                             (Shhhhhhhh)

A whistle started calling.                          (Whoooo-whoooo)

‘Twas the east bound freight a-comin’ round the bend.
                                                                          (Chug-a, chug-a)

They heard the ringing of the crossing chime.
                                                                 (Ding-ding, ding-ding)

The whistling train called out a warning rhyme.
                                                                          (Whooo-whooo)

They felt it coming closer                            (Chug-a, chug-a)

But did they stop? Why, no sir!                            (Vroooom)

They were sure that they could get across in time.
                                                                          (Chug-a, chug-a)

They climbed the hill and on the track did ride.   (Vrooom)

When suddenly their motor choked and died.
                                                          (Descent whistle, Thump)

They jumped out .... it was frightening.                   (Scream)

And ran off quick as lightening.
                               (Slap hand on knees quickly as running.)

(KA-BOOOOOOOOOM)

The poor old Ford was scattered far and wide!
                                                                 (Clank, clunk, smash)

The moral of the story, it is plain,                  (Dunt, da dun)

Don't ever, never try to beat a train,    (Clang, clang, clang)

‘Cause if that speeding choo-choo,            (Whooo-whooo)

Should get there just when you do,      (Dunt da, dunt dun)

(KA-BOOOOOOOOOM)

(Slowly) That ain’t the way you’re suppose to meet a train!

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Utah National Parks Council

I’ve been working on the railroad, 
All the livelong day

I’ve been working on the railroad, 
Just to pass the time away

Can’t you hear the whistle blowing,
Rise up so early in the morn

Can’t you hear the captain shouting,
Dinah, blow your horn!

Dinah won’t you blow, Dinah won’t you blow,

Dinah won’t you blow your horn?

Dinah won’t you blow, Dinah won’t you blow,

Dinah won’t you blow your horn?

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah,
Someone’s in the kitchen I know,

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah,
Strumming on the old banjo, and singing

Fie, Fi fiddly I o, Fie Fie fiddly I o,

Fie, Fi, Fiddly I o, Strumming on the old banjo

Engine On A Hill

Heart of America Council

(Tune: Yankee Doodle)

I met an engine on a hill

All hot and broken hearted,

And this is what he said to me

As up the hill he started.

“I think I can, I think I can,

At any rate I’ll try.

I think I can. I think I can.

At any rate I’ll try.”

He reached the top and looking back

To where he stood and doubted,

He started on the downward track,

And this is what he shouted.

“I knew I could. I knew I could.

I never should have doubted.

I knew I could. I knew I could.

I never should have doubted.”

And so to all you Cubs and Scouts,

Whenever you're downhearted,

Remember what the engine said

As up the hill he started.

“I think I can, I think I can.

At any rate, I’ll try it.

And very soon you’ll find out

That you have gone and done it.”

Down At The Station

Heart of America Council

Down by the station, early in the morning,

See the little puffer bellies all in a row.

See the engine driver turn the little handle,

Chug! Chug! Whoo! Whoo! Off they go!

Down by the station, see the little Tiger Cubs,

Bobcats, Wolf Cubs, Bears and Webelos

Working on advancements, having fun together.

Getting on the Scout Train and off they go!

The Runaway Train

Heart of America Council

(tune: When Johnny Comes Marching Home)

The runaway train came down the track –

She blew (Wooo!), She blew (Wooo!).

The runaway train came down the track –

She blew (Wooo!), She blew (Wooo!).

The runaway train came down the track

She ran in the tunnel and never came back,

And she blew (Wooo!), blew (Wooo!), blew (Wooo!), blew (Wooo!)

Jiminy, how she blew! (Wooo!)

Repeat.

The Story of Number 4 and 44

Heart of America Council

(tune: There’s a Tavern in the Town)

There’s a train up on the tracks, (on the tracks)

Number 4 is on the tracks. (on the tracks)

Chuggin’ along with a click-et-ty clack,

Number 4 is on the tracks (on the tracks).

Here comes Number 44, (forty-four)

Strong and fast that 44 (forty-four)

Hear the mighty locomotive roar,

Here comes Number 44 (forty-four).

Look out! They’re on the same track! (same track)

Go back, go back, go back, go back (go back)

Smash, crash, crunch, ka-boom and splat,

They were on the same track. (same track)

That’s all there is, there ain’t no more (no more)

Of number 4 and 44 (forty-four)

That’s all there is, there ain’t no more

Of Number 4 and 44 (forty-four).


 

Bill Grogan’s Goat

Heart of America Council

Audience repeats each line after the Leader

Bill Grogan's goat
Was feelin' fine
Ate three red shirts
Right off the line

Bill took a stick
Gave him a whack
And tied him to
The railroad track

The whistle blew
The train drew nigh
Bill Grogan's goat
Was doomed to die

He gave three groans
Of awful pain
Coughed up the shirts
And flagged the train

That's all there is
This story's done
I hope you had
A lot of fun

For slightly different lyrics and a midi file of the tune, visit

http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/b007.html

Wabash Cannonball

Baltimore Area Council

From the great Atlantic Ocean

To the wide Pacific shore

From sunny California,

To icebound Labrador,

She’s mighty tall and handsome.

She’s loved by one and all.

She’s the hobos ‘commodation

She’s the Wabash Cannonball

Listen to the whistle,

The rumble and the roar

As she glides along the woodlands

Thru the hills and by the shore

Hear the mighty rush of the engine

Hear those lonesome hobos squall

While traveling thru the jungle

On the Wabash Cannonball

Our eastern states are dandy

So the people always say

From New York to St. Louis

And Chicago by the way

Thru the hills of Minnesota

Where the rippling waters fall

No chances can be taken on

The Wabash Cannonball

I See

Heart of America Council

(Tune: My Bonnie)

I see by your garb you’re a Cub Scout

You see by my suit I’m one too.

They see by our garb we love Scouting

Maybe they want to be Cub Scouts too!

Cubbing, Cubbing,

Cubbing is so very fun, you see.

Cubbing, Cubbing,

Cubbing is so very fun.

Welcome Song

Heart of America Council

(Tune: Auld Lang Syne)

We welcome you to our Cub Pack,

We’re mightily glad you’re here.

We’ll start the air reverberating

With a mighty cheer.

We’ll sing you in, we’ll sing you out

For you we’ll raise a shout.

Hail, hail the gang’s all here today,

You’re welcome to our Pack!

One Trim Train

Heart of America Council

(tune: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory)

One trim train trundled up the track,

the other trim train trundled down.

One trim train trundled up the track,

the other trim train trundled down.

One trim train trundled up the track,

the other trim train trundled down.

Oh glory, glory how peculiar.

Chorus:

Glory, glory how peculiar

Glory, glory how peculiar

Glory, glory how peculiar

When one trim train trundled up the track,

The other trim train trundled down.


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