The Ants Go Marching
"The Ants Go Marching" is a song that all kids can sing. It is sung to the tune of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again." The song starts out with the lyrics, "The ants go marching one by one hurrah hurrah," which is repeated a second and third time. Following that, the song varies. The fourth line of each verse is always a rhyme with the number and involves the little one stopping to do something. For example, with the number three, the little one stops to climb a tree. Each time a new verse starts, the number increases, so it goes from one to two to three and so on. The ending is the same in every verse, with the words sung being, "and they all go marching down into the ground to get out of the rain."
I Know a Song that Gets On Everybody's Nerves
"I Know a Song that Gets On Everybody's Nerves" is the ultimate song to drive counselors and parents crazy. It is a simple song sung to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic." It's basically a repeat of the same line over and over. The first line in the song is, "I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves." It's repeated two more times. The last line in the verse is, "and this is how it goes," at which point you go back to line one and repeat it all again. This continues until a grown-up goes crazy. It is a lot of fun for kids to sing.
"Mrs. O'Leary" has a few lyrics that are repeated over and over with hand signals and silence. Each time the verse is repeated, a word that has a hand signal is dropped; just the hand signal is done with silence. This word is not sung again. The next time through, another word is dropped. The song is repeated until all the words with hand signals are dropped, and the campers only do the hand signals for those words.