Song 039 – Stephen F. Austin

By January 24, 2018Songs

This song was not used as music for a psalm. Stephen F. Austin State Park was a 30-minute drive from our house, and so we ended up having a lot of scout camps out there. It is safe to say the 12 and 13-year-old boys we were with were a lot like monkeys, and since chimpanzee sort of rhymes with Christmas Eve, the song refers to the leaders and the chimpanzees. We ate a lot of tin foil dinners on these campouts. The campouts reminded me of home, which has always been Cedar City to me, and were one of the things which provided me sanity after the divorce in the big city of Houston. It was fun to sit around the campfire, to sing and write a song, to watch the kids play and explore, and to remember my youth out doors on the farm. I like to play with numbers, and so C1 talks of 3 leaders, C2 of 2 leaders, C3 of one leader, C4 of two leaders, C5 of three leaders, and C6 of two leaders. The song captures the major events and the tone of the campout. As I sing these type of songs, I am transported back to the events in my mind.

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