Ode to a Girl Scout Leader
(Tune of Battle Hymn)
I was glad to have a girl
Because my first child was a son
I thought of all the ruffles
All the frilly bows and fun
I thought of how we'd sit and talk
At night when day was done
Wasn't I the foolish one?


She was only half past seven
When they called me to the fore
I said, "Oh no, I'm not equipped"
They said, "oh yes, what's more
We will train you in the basics
And outfit you for the corp."
And they shoved me out the door.


Glory, Glory, I'm a leader
How'd I get to be a leader?
All I did was have a daughter
Is this the price I pay?


They taught me to be thrifty
To be thoughtful, to be true
They taught me to string beads
Like all the noble Indians do
I had to learn to dig a trench
And how to use it too
And you should taste our stew.


I had to learn to sing songs that
I didn't understand
I learned to dance the polka
And to make a rhythm band
To think of what to do and to
Forget what I had planned
And they say that scouting's grand


Glory, Glory, I'm a leader
Me, they had to make a leader
I can't even build a fire
Let alone put up a tent.


We went walking in the woodland
Just my girl scout troop and me
The handbook say that nature
Has a wealth of sights to see
It's true that we were sights
When we were found eventually
And I do this all for free!


I'm not meant to be a leader
I don't know which bird is which
My wiener forks all burn up
We come home from hikes and itch
The sit-upons all fell apart
I showed them the wrong stitch
But no one wants to switch!


Glory, Glory, I'm a leader
Someone's got to be a leader
Tell me why I should be happy
When no one envies me.


But even though I grumble
And I mumble and I shout
And some days I just sit and wonder
What's the best way out
I guess when all is said and done
There isn't any doubt
I'm glad to be a scout.


So if you see me packing
For those weekend over nights
With a lot of happy scouts
Agathering tents and pots and lights
We'll be back home when its over
Dirty, tired and covered with bites
But we've seen natures sights.


Glory, Glory, I'm a leader
Hallelujah, I'm a leader
They can carve it on my tombstone
"Here's a gal who did her best."


Oh, Mr. Toad
(tune of Oh Christmas Tree)
Oh, Mr. Toad, Oh, Mr. Toad
Why are you lying in the road?
Oh, Mr. Toad, Oh, Mr. Toad
Why are you lying in the road?
Didn't you see, that light turn red?
Now there are tracks, across your head.
Oh, Mr. Toad, Oh, Mr. Toad
Why are you lying in the road?


One Little Candle
It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark.
Better far to light just one little candle, all you need is a tiny spark.
If we all said a prayer for the world to be free,
What a beautiful dawn of a new day we'd see.
And if everyone lit just one little candle,
What a bright world this would be.


On My Honor
On my honor, I will try,
There's a duty to be done and I say aye.
There's a reason here for a reason above,
My honor is to try and my duty is to love.


People don't need to know my name,
If I've done any harm, then I'm to blame,
If I've helped another, then I helped me,
And opened up my eyes to see.


I've tucked away a song or two,
If you're feeling low there's one for you,
If you need a friend, then I will come,
There's plenty more where I come from.


Come and sit where the fire burns bright,
You can see much more by candlelight,
You can find more meaning in a campfire's glow
Than you can find in a year or so.


On the Loose
On the loose to climb a mountain, on the loose where I am free.
On the loose to live my life, the way I think my life should be.
For I've only got a moment and a whole world yet to see,
I'll be looking for tomorrow on the loose.


Have you ever watched the sunrise turn the sky completely red?
Have you slept beneath the moon and stars with a pine bough for your bed?
Do you sit and talk with friends though a word is never said?
Then you're just like me and you've been on the loose.


There's a trail that I'll be hiking just to see where it might go.
Many places yet to visit, many people yet to know.
So in following my dreams I will live and I will grow,
On the trail that's waiting out there on the loose.


So in search of love and laughter, I'll be traveling ‘cross this land.
Never sure of where I'm going ‘cause I haven't any plans.
Anytime when you are ready, come and join me, take my hand,
And together we'll share life on the loose.