Summer camp songs - lists, links, lyrics, and rambling thoughts about music meant to be sung by voices joined in imperfect harmony.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Doodle Doo Doo - Song #29
Another girls camp song I had not remembered until recently, Doodle Doo Doo is one that seemed not to be a folk song, as it had more of a 1920s love song air, at least to me. The way we sung it, there were hand motions... something like clapping both hands twice on one's thighs, followed by two hand claps, a couple of finger snaps interspersed with claps, and then some twirling of the hands around each other. Not the most masculine thing to do - nor is the song in the vein of murder, train crashes, and marching to war - so maybe that's why it never crossed over to boys camp. But it's a nice enough melody.
At Camp Ajawah, it was pronounced "Doodle-ee Doo," but a little research turned up the correct title, as indeed my hunch that it's not a traditional song was right.
From 1924 (we only sang the chorus):
Writers: Art Kassel & Mel Stitzel
I've just heard a melody That is always haunting me Funny little strain Running thru my brain It's as sweet as can be It has such a pleading way Tho' it's with me night an day When I hear someone playing I walk right up an say
CHORUS Please play for me That sweet melody Called doo-dle doo-doo doo-dle doo-doo I like the rest But what I like best Is doo-dle doo-doo doo-dle doo-doo Simplest thing There's nothing much to it Don't have to sing it Just doo-dle doo-doo it I love it so Wherever I go I doo-dle doo doo-dle doo doo doo
I've heard all the melodies From the blues to rhapsodies They all come and go But there's one I know That'll linger and tease I've found all the blues a pest Rhapsodies to me a jest So if you want to please me Just take this one request