It was recently pointed out to me how many songs I have rattling around inside my brain. I’m a great team mate in a game of Encore. This lead me to think about all the songs I know that I wouldn’t teach my Guide unit any more for one reason or another. For example, Girl Guides of Canada updated their Laws in 1994 but I can still cheerfully sing you the old Guide Law song I learned as a girl (and yet I can not get the new one to stick). I know other songs that are too “churchy” for our diverse and inclusive unit. Of these my favorite is probably the Breton Fisherman’s Vesper or some of the camp graces like Johnny Appleseed. There are others that I’ve set aside because they use terms which would no longer be considered appropriate (and perhaps never were.)
Are there songs you no longer sing? Or perhaps you still sing them when you are home doing the dishes but don’t teach them to the girls in your unit? Are there songs you unit should probably retire but you haven’t yet for one reason or another?