Instead of complaining and stating the obvious (summer is all but over), we’re going keep on the sunny side by pointing out that Monday is a national holiday that allows us a little extra time to soak in the last few dog days of the calendar year. What better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than a good ol’ fashioned campfire with friends and loved ones? All you’re going to need is some graham crackers, a few chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, and our handy-dandy book of campfire songs.
1. Kumbaya – We just had to put this one right on top as the quintessential campfire tune. It’s the perfect “chill out” song to wind down a night, always goes down smooth with gooey s’more, and – best of all – most everyone can hum along without any sheet music.
2. This Land Is Your Land – Another one that we can all sing along to, “This Land Is Your Land” is a great tune to bust out amongst your people. It’s kind of nice knowing that from, the Redwood Forests to the Gulf Stream Waters, people get a break from work on Monday, no? The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, did a pretty rad cover, too.
3. Do Your Ears Hang Low? – Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow? This is a playful classic that (fair warning) kids tend to adore screaming at the top of their lungs. Be prepared to hear these lyrics for the next 2 to 52 weeks.
4. Down By The Bay – “Down By The Bay” is another classic that the wee ones can’t get enough of. The prolific kiddie song crooner, Raffi, was first to make it famous and the song hasn’t lost any popularity since.
5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – A beautiful and traditional American spiritual that has the ability to calm even the most sugar-fueled child around the fire. For some reason it makes us want to get in a circle around the flames, hold hands, and sway from side to side while we sing. And we’re cool with that.
7. Yellow Submarine – Easily the most child-accessible Beatles song post-1965 (or ever, for that matter), “Yellow Submarine” is a feel good hit that makes children of all ages (AKA everyone) want to dance like they’re in an octopus’s garden under the sea.
8. I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – Because you’ve been working hard “all the live-long day”… Let’s talk about it.
9. Baby Shark Song – The “Baby Shark Song” is a great one to kick off the night. It gets everyone moving and is sure to pump out some laughs as everyone gets more and more into the motions. Plus, we still have almost an entire year until the next Shark Week! Why not keep the party going? Da dum, da dum…
10. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding, we love you so. A nostalgic melody with beautifully relaxing words, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” is a great one for the soulful voice that loves to show off in a peaceful outdoor arena. Bonus points if you can make it sound good as a group.
Leave us a comment to let us know your favorite campfire songs, and don’t forget to download the GoGo squeeZ Campfire song book by clicking the image below!