Roundtable Song Sheet compiled by George Pinkey

George Pinkey

George Pinkey

1943 to 2012

When George became District Commissioner, he said that Scouting was missing one of its most fun elements, singing. He brought back singing at campfires and the boys loved it. [more]

We miss you "Junior Birdman"


1) Sweetly Sings the Donkey

(An English Round
http://www.musicnotes.net/sweetlysingsthedonkey.html)

Sweetly sings the donkey
On his way to hay.
If you don't go with him
He will run away.
He Haw, He Haw
He Haw, He Haw, He Haw

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2) Into The Air Junior Bird Men

(Traditional Scout Song)

Into the air junior bird men.
Into the air upside down.
Into the air junior bird men
With your noses to the ground.

And when you hear the grand announcement
That your wings are made of tin,
You will know the junior bird men
Have turned their box tops in.

For it takes five box tops,
Four bottle bottoms,
Three wrappers,
Two labels,
And one thin dime.Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah

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3) Trail the Eagle

(Tune: On Wisconsin)

Trail the Eagle, Trail the Eagle,
Climbing all the time.
First the Star and then the Life,
Will on your bosom shine.

Keep climbing!
Blaze the trail and we will follow,
Hark the Eagles call;
On, brothers, on until we're Eagles All

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4) Sweet Betsy from Pike

(Melody- from the English ballad "Villikens and His Dinah")

Oh don't you remember
Sweet Betsy from Pike
Who crossed the wide prairie
With her lover Ike
With two yoke of cattle
And one spotted hog
A tall Shanghai rooster
And one yeller dog.

Chorus: To-Rall-ay, To-Rall-ay
To-Rall-ay, To-Rall-ay
Sing To-Rall-ee, Ou-Rall-ee
Ou-Rall-ee-ay

They soon reached the desert
Where Betsy gave out
Down in the sand she lay
Rolling about
Ike in great terror
Looked down in surprise
Said Betsy get up you'll
Get sand in your eyes

Chorus: To-Rall-ay, To-Rall-ay
To-Rall-ay, To-Rall-ay
Sing To-Rall-ee, Ou-Rall-ee
Ou-Rall-ee-ay

Long Ike and sweet Betsy
Got married of course
But Ike getting jealous
Obtained a divorce
Betsy was satisfied
Said with a shout
Good-bye you big lummox
I'm glad you backed out

Chorus: To-Rall-ay, To-Rall-ay
To-Rall-ay, To-Rall-ay
Sing To-Rall-ee, Ou-Rall-ee
Ou-Rall-ee-ay

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5) My Brother Bill

(Scottish children's song)

My brother Bill is a fireman bold
'cause he puts out fires.
He went to a fire last night I'm told
'cause he puts out fires.
The fire lit some dynamite
And blew poor Bill
Right out of sight
But where he's gone he'll be all right
'cause he puts out fires.

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6) Happy Wanderer

(Melody - Friedrich W. Möller: http://ingeb.org/Lieder/meinvate.mid)

I love to go a wandering
Along the mountain track
And as I go I love to sing
My knapsack on my back.

Valderee, valderah
Valderee, valderah ha ha ha ha ha
Valderee, valderah
My knapsack on my back

I wave my hat to all I meet
And they wave back to me
The black birds call so loud and free
From every greenwood tree

Valderee, valderah
Valderee, valderah ha ha ha ha ha ha
Valderee, valderah
From every greenwood tree

Oh may I go a wandering
Until the day I die
And may I always laugh and sing
Beneath God's clear blue sky

Valderee, valderah
Valderee, valderah ha ha ha ha ha ha
Valderee, valderah
Beneath God's clear blue sky

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7) On My Honor

(by Harry Bartelt)

On my honor
I'll do my best
To do my duty to God.
On my honor
I'll do my best
To serve my country as I may.
On my honor
I'll do my best
To do my Good Turn each day
To keep my body strengthened
To keep my mind awakened
To follow paths of righteousness
On my honor
I'll do my best

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8) Taps

(Tune of: "Taps"
http://ingeb.org/songs/taps.mid)

Day is done,
Gone the sun;
From the lake,
From the hills
From the sky;
All is well,
Safely rest,
God is neigh.

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9) Scout Vesper Song

(Tune: O Tannenbaum)

Softly falls the light of day,
As our campfire fades away;
Silently each Scout should ask
"Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared
Everything to be prepared.?"

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10) Follow Me Boys

(Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
From the Walt Disney Film "Follow Me Boys")

Follow me boys, Follow me!
When you think you're really beat,
That's the time to lift your feet,
And follow me boys, follow me!
Pick them up, put them down,
And follow me.

Sergeant Reilley said, There's a fight to win!
Follow me boys, follow me!
And it won't be done till we all pitch in.
Lift your chin with a grin and follow me!

Follow me boys, follow me!
When you think you're really beat,
That's the time to lift your feet,
And follow me boys, follow me!
Pick them up, put them down,
And follow me.

Shout: Pick them up, put them down, pick them up!

It's a long long time, but we've got the will.
Follow me boys, follow me!
When we reach the top then it's all down hill.
Till you drop, don't stop, and follow me!

Follow me boys, follow me!
When you think you're really beat,
That's the time to lift your feet,
And follow me boys, follow me!
Pick them up, put them down,
And follow me.

Though the journey's end is beyond our sight.
Follow me boys, follow me!
If we do our best then we've done all right.
Pack you load, hit the road, and follow me!

Follow me boys, follow me!
When you think you're really beat,
That's the time to lift your feet,
And follow me boys, follow me.
Pick them up, put them down
And follow me.

Shout: Pick them up, put them down,
pick them up!

We were all packed in when the sergeant said,
Follow me boys, follow me!
We got off our backs and prepared our attack,
When our sergeant hollered, Follow me!

Follow me boys, follow me!
When you think you're really beat,
That's the time to lift your feet,
And follow me boys, follow me.
Pick them up, put them down
And follow me.

There's a job to do, there's a fight to win,
Follow me boys, follow me!
And it won't be done till we all pitch in.
Lift your chin with a grin, and follow me!

Follow me boys, follow me!
When you think you're really beat,
That's the time to lift your feet,
And follow me boys, follow me.
Pick them up, put them down
And follow me.

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11) Kum Ba Yah

(Composer: Ruth Artman)

Kum ba yah my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah my lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's laughing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's laughing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's laughing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

Come by here, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Come by here, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Come by here, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh Lord, Kum ba yah.

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12) I Love the Mountains

(5 -part round)

I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills
I love the flowers, I love the daffodils
I love the fireside, when all the lights are low
Boom de adda, boom de adda
Boom de adda, boom de adda
Boom de adda, boom de adda
Boom de adda, boom de adda

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13) America, The Beautiful

(by Samuel Ward and Katherine Lee Bates)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on Thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on Thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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14) Working On the Railroad

(Traditional Folk song:
http://www.redcaboose.com/warrentoncaboose/working.mid)

I've been workin' on the railroad
All the live long day.
I've been workin' on the railroad
Just to pass the time away.
Can't you hear the whistle blowing?
Rise up so early in the morn.
Can you hear the captain shouting?

"Scouting is here to stay!"

Scouting is here to stay,
Scouting is here to stay,
Scouting is here to stay -ay -ay -ay -ay
Scouting is here to stay,
Scouting is here to stay
Scouting is here to stay -ay -ay!

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In Memory of George A. Pinkey, 1943 to 2012

George PinkeyGeorge A. Pinkey of Hometown ended his grand adventure here on earth on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.

Born Feb. 24, 1943, in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Leonard and Elizabeth (Ragazinsky) Pinkey. He moved to Hometown when he was 4 years old. There is not enough time or space here to do justice to the many activities, organizations and individuals who benefited from his wisdom and his extensive knowledge on almost every subject. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on April 1, 1958. He graduated from Marian Catholic High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono, majoring in forestry. While he was in college, he spent his summers fighting forest fires on the West Coast.

After college, he worked at Blue Ridge Realty, laying out the roads for Lake Hauto. He went to work at Bethlehem Steel in 1964. He worked at the Steel for 34 years, retiring in 1998 as a crew chief in the pipe shop. His career at the Steel was interrupted when he was drafted and spent two years in the U.S. Army. In 1972, he married the former Kathryn Benzak and together they had two children, Elizabeth and Joseph. George served as a scoutmaster for the Hometown Boy Scout Troop 83 and was a life member of the Hometown Volunteer Fire Company. He was a member of the board of directors of the Coaldale State General Hospital.

He served Rush Township as an auditor and was elected supervisor in 1988. He served six years, and was then elected again in 1996, when he served another six-year term. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and acted as their chairman for one year. Politics were part of his lifeblood and he relished the chance to engage anyone in a discussion or debate about them.

A strong Union supporter, he was a member of the United Steel Workers of America and Steelworkers on Active Retirement. He was the vice president of the Tri-Local Pensioners. He was the vice president of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society and with his brother Dan, the recipients of the Mother Jones Award. He was an avid American history buff and could be counted on to supply a quote from the Founding Fathers for any occasion.

George previously served as the district commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America Broad Mountain Council. He received the George Meany Award in 1998 and was also awarded the Silver Beaver. He attended many scouting events, including the annual Klondike Derby, where he was famous for his bean soup, his wild game chili, and his rousing rendition of "Junior Birdman."

Anyone who knew George knew his passion for telling a good story, whether it was of boyhood mischief while growing up in Hometown, his college adventures, his Army years spent in Europe, or his 34 years "under the beam" at the Steel. Recently, he appeared in the PCN series Keystone Steel, where he related his working experiences.

We miss you "Junior Birdman"

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