LRY Songbook 1962 (with song references P-S)

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This song book, produced by the Greater Washington Area Federation of LRY for the 1962 Summer Conference of the Middle Atlantic Regional Council of Liberal Religious Youth in the Year MCLXII (yes, you read correctly, LRY has a long history), is brought to you by Philip H. Bailey, who scanned it, and Jon Angel, who sent the scans along for placement on the website.


They anticipated Douglas Adams' knowledge of the essential, utilitarian security of a good towel.

A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

-- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The LRY song book is a mix of Traditional English/Irish tunes, Blues, Spirituals, Pop, Girl Scout songs, humorous recalibrations and a fair amount of Tom Lehrer.

As there are individuals who may not be familiar with many of the songs in the song book, I've sought around Youtube for examples for each. In most cases, the lyrics are a little different but they at least serve as a guide.

There are a number of songs in the book so I've had to break up the presentation into several pages, none over the number you'd get on a Youtube page. A few of the videos can't be played on a website so you'll have to follow over to Youtube.

So many links below means many opportunities for links to eventually go bad. If you run across a video that's gone down. Email me via the contact page so I can replace it.

SONG REFERENCES: B-F | G-J | K-O | P-S | More S-Z |


Pack up Your Troubles
Sung to the same

Passing Through
Leonard Cohen

Peace of the River
A Girl Scout song.

The Pig Song

Sung to "Alouette". This isn't that.

Red River Valley
Woody Guthrie

Rickety Tickety Tin
Tom Lehrer song

Riddle Song
Doc Watson

Rise and Shine

Rock My Soul
Metropolitan Baptist Church

Rock Island Line
History on Youtube page

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Humorous version sung to same.

Sentimental Journey
The Platters

Shalom Chaverim

She Went Wading

Shine on Harvest Moon
Ada Jones and Billy Murray 1909

Sixteen Tons
Golden Gate Quartet 1964

Silver Threads Among the Gold
Sung to tune of the same name.

Stayin' Around and Playin' Around

St. James Infirmary
Cab Calloway

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