LRY Songbook 1962 (with song references S-Z)

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If this page is stuttering a bit, it's because about 20 small Youtube vids are loading way down below. They feel a sense of purpose, or else they wouldn't be taking up space on the page. Give them a couple seconds.

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 |

Billie Holliday

Sweet and Low
Atypical. Seemed nice for this page.

Sweet Betsey from Pike
Johnny Cash

The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
The Chordettes

Sweet Violets
Dorothy Collins

Tell Me Why
A couple named Tony and Bobbi

The South Will Rise Again
I've not a clue

There was an Old Woman
Judy Collins on the Muppet Show

The Titanic

Waltzing Matilda
Mic Conway

What Did Delaware
Perry Como 1960 hit

When Johnny Comes Marchin' Home
Percy Gilmore of 24th Mass. Volunteers

When the Saints Go Marching In
New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band

The Whifeenpoof Song
Rudy Vallee 1927

Willow the Wasp

Wreck of the John B.
As sung by Jimmie Rodgers, 1958

Yay! Haul Away
Don't know.

You Are My Sunshine
As sung by Johnny Cash.

You'll Never Walk Alone

You Must Pay the Rent

Zum Gali, Gali
As in Czech Dream Movie

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