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327px-1st_World_Scout_Jamboree.svg"Ging Gang Goolie" was written by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, for the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920.  Kids from 34 countries attended the event.

The song is gibberish on purpose so that kids all over the world who speak different languages can sing along and not feel like the song is foreign.

Here are the lyrics along with a video of the song…

Ging Gang Goolie

Ging gang goolie goolie goolie goolie watcha,
Ging gang goo, ging gang goo.
Ging gang goolie goolie goolie goolie watcha,
Ging gang goo, ging gang goo.

Hayla, oh hayla shayla, hayla shayla, shayla, oooooooh,
Hayla, oh hayla shayla, hayla shayla, shayla, oooh.
Shally wally, shally wally, shally wally, shally wally,
Oompah, oompah, oompah, oompah.

It’s interesting to note that this song was sung by boy scouts in an episode of the TV show Boardwalk Empire.  The show takes place in the 1920’s during the prohibition.  The scouts singing the song would have been been singing it soon after it was written.

I love the idea of a song written in gibberish so that kids all over the world can sing it and not feel like it’s foreign.

Together around the world in song!

Mama Lisa

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This artilce was posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 5:25 pm and is filed under Australia, Boy Scout Songs, Countries & Cultures, England, English, Languages, Movies, TV & The Internet, New Zealand, Scouting Songs, Songs by Theme, USA, YouTube. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “Ging Gang Goolie Goolie Goolie Goolie Watcha”

  1. soderbo Says:

    Dear Lisa

    Sorry to say mr Baden-Powell has nothing to do with Ging Gang Goolie. He is not the writer/composer/introducer whatsoever. This “truth” is nothing but a myth established years after the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Ging_Gang_Goolie
    http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/enquiry-about-eskimo-or-native-american-indian-song/#comment-2449633

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