Campfire Songs: The Carter Edition

23273Every summer my family finds time to spend around the fire. We used to have an actual campfire when we went to Raccoon Lake for a weekend trip; then it morphed into a fire in the backyard on the ground; and now it has become a fire in the backyard in a nice little fire pit (don’t want to ruin the grass anymore I guess). The campfire means three things: everyone wearing grandpa’s old flannel shirts, s’mores, and campfire songs. I should mention that my grandparents’ house – the party house – is in town. And we sing loud. And there’s alcohol.

My grandfather has three songs he sings, and we sing along every time, for as long as I can remember. We are currently teaching the fifth generation these essential tunes.

Oh, and yeah, the last is absolutely phonetic; I haven’t been able to find it online anywhere. Grandpa learned the song in boy scouts back in the late 40s, early 50s. He was told it was a Native American song. If anyone has heard it, I would love to know the name, proper spelling, origin, etc.


Beautiful Katy
You’re the only g-g-g-girl that I adore
When the moon shines
Over the cowshed
I’ll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door

Here’s not-my-family singing it

1000 Legged Worm

Said the thousand legged worm
As he gave an awful squirm
Has anybody seen that leg of mine
But if it can’t be found
I guess I’ll hop around
On the other nine hundred ninety nine



Shine-a-mine-a-dine-a-mine-a goshnik go
Qwik qway a, qwik qway a
Shine-a-mine-a-dine-a-mine-a goshnik go
Qwik qway a, qwik qway a
O Nee Mo Namo
O Shine-a-mine-a goshnik go
O Nee Mo Namo
O Shine-a-mine-a oompa oompa oompa…..


2 thoughts on “Campfire Songs: The Carter Edition

  1. I love firepits and I hope that once we can revamp our current backyard (which involves a long slope down and lots of rocks…), we’ll have a place for the nice firepit that I got last year for my birthday. It’s currently sitting disused under the deck because we obviously can’t use it on a wooden deck and possibly start a fire. But we’re beginning work on the front yard now, and after that, it’s off to the back! (That’s a multi-year process, though…)


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