LRY Songbook 1962

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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.


The Washington Area Fed 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

This 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. It's very frustrating to read words and know that "this was music" and not know what the music was.

A little over one hundred songs are in the book, so I've had to break up the below audio 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 the Youtube link 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 |

Barbara Allen
Art Garfunkel.

Bar Fly

Beechanm's Pills
Sung to "Hark! the Herald Angels sing!"

Sung to "Dixie".

Bo Weevil
Aaron Keim

The Boy Scout Marching Song
Tom Lehrer song.

Blow the Man Down
Woody Guthrie

Carolina Moon
Annette Hanshaw

Cigarettes Will Spoil Her Life

The Cio's Dixie
Sung to "Dixie".

The Sweptaways

Darlin' Corey
Bill Monroe

Darling You Can't Love One
Hoosier Hot Shots

Do Lord
Mississippi John Hurt

Dona Nobis Pacem
Fabio Audi

Down in the Valley
Burl Ives

Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill
Earl Robinson

Drunken Sailor
Ferre Grignard

Epo-ti-ti Yah

Erie Canal
Bruce Springsteen

The Fox
Bones & Robbie Shaeratt

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