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Camptown Races

The Camptown ladies sing this song,
Doo-da, Doo-da,
The Camptown racetrack’s five miles long,
Oh, de doo-da day.

Goin’ to run all night,
Goin’ to run all day,
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag,
Somebody bet on the gray.

Oh, the long tailed filly and the big black horse,
Doo-da, doo-da,
Come to a mud hole and they all cut across,
Oh, de doo-da day.

Goin’ to run all night,
Goin’ to run all day,
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag,
Somebody bet on the gray.

I went down there with my hat caved in,
Doo-da, doo-da,
I came back home with a pocket full of tin,
Oh, de doo-da day.

Goin’ to run all night,
Goin’ to run all day,
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag,
Somebody bet on the gray.


A great way to sing this is to have a single person do the main lyrics and then have the whole group join in for the ‘Goin’ to run’ chorus.

Print this classic American campfire song for your next Den meeting or Pack camp out! For more great ideas, check out our Scout song list.

Use this song to fulfill one of the following Cub Scout Adventure requirements:

  • Tiger
    • Tiger Tales #6: Sing two folk songs.

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