Your Favorite Campfire Songs?
June 16, 2018 11:11 AM   Subscribe

What are your favorite campfire songs? because singing around a fire with friends is generally the best.
posted by theora55 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
America Pie, with different people taking different verses.
posted by Jellybean_Slybun at 11:31 AM on June 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Have you checked out the book Rise Up Singing? It's a great resource.

you might also want to check out the Girl Scout Songs channel on youtube.

Some favorites from my childhood spent singing at camp:
Acres of Clams
Plant a Watermelon Vine
posted by vespabelle at 11:46 AM on June 16, 2018 [8 favorites]

Wor Geordie's Lost His Penka

(or Liggy - it's a marble) lyrics probably weren't after a Geordie dialect song but it's my fave to sing round the campfire with me aad favva an wor marras
posted by sarahdal at 11:48 AM on June 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

El Paso
posted by pecanpies at 12:49 PM on June 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Old tv theme songs are great, and most tell stories; Gilligan's Island, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Brady Bunch, The Flintstones to name a few.
posted by NoraCharles at 12:50 PM on June 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

no children.
Works great as an acoustic song.
posted by kaibutsu at 12:56 PM on June 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Banks of the Ohio
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Take Me Home Country Roads
One Tin Soldier
Many Indigo Girls songs
Simon & Garfunkel songs

(Why yes, I also spent many a summer singing around the campfire at a girls' camp.)
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 2:56 PM on June 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Anything Peter Paul and Mary played (Puff the Magic Dragon, Jet Plane, Blowin in the wind)
Most of Pete Seeger ( e.g. Darlin Corrine, If I had a Hammer)

So much of this depends on who knows what though.
posted by SaltySalticid at 3:02 PM on June 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

A few more..
Big Rock Candy Mountain (Burl Ives doesn't get the repsect he deserves!)
The Storms on The Ocean
Mountain Dew (my number 2 camping jam after Acres of Clams)

We camped at sailboat regattas so our songs were a bit nautical:
Drunken Sailor
Sailor's Alphabet
posted by vespabelle at 4:23 PM on June 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

I met a bear. It's a great song, with call and repeat, so only one person needs the lyrics.
posted by hydra77 at 4:26 PM on June 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Also, mothafukkin wagon wheel.
posted by kaibutsu at 6:27 PM on June 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Seconding Rise Up Singing as a resource.

I'm partial to The Rainbow Connection, myself.
posted by duffell at 6:39 PM on June 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

The Austrian Yodeler, I learned the refrain as Olee-a-kee-kee.
posted by brujita at 11:05 PM on June 16, 2018

Best answer: I also grew up doing a lot of this, so nice. Some favourites:
The Eddystone Light

Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag

Donna Donna

Green Grow the Rushes O

Blood Red Roses

Whiskey in the Jar

The Black Velvet Band

Drill Ye Tarriers Drill

Whilst looking for these I found this list that someone had made of the songs from the hippyish camp holidays (Forest School Camps, still going strong!) I went on and loved, which has loads more favourites (Sixteen Tons, It takes a Worried Man, She Moved Through the Fair) - well worth a look. FSC also have a link with rounds and songs on their site.
posted by tardigrade at 6:55 AM on June 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Baby Shark, doo doo, doo doo doo doo
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:39 PM on June 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: The upcoming event ranges from 90s to 20-somethings, but mostly the campfire group is baby boomer/ old hippies. I do have Rise Up Singing. I'm having fun working my way through the links.
posted by theora55 at 6:38 PM on June 19, 2018

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