Song Database

My Uncle Roasted a Kangaroo

Sent in by Lew Orans (

A favorite of Wood Badge Courses in Oklahoma City and at Walking
Wood Badge
at Philmont

Tune: Grand March from Gounod's Faust

My Uncle roasted a kangaroo,
Gave me the gristly end to chew.
Was that a very nice thing to do?
To give me the gristly end of a kangaroo to chew.

When properly performed, a patrol or staff assemble to teach and
lead the
song. (It is preferable that they each hold a Scout staff). The
introduces this as a classic Scouting song adapted from grand
opera, being
careful to point out that the melody -- the Grand March from
Gounod's opera
Faust is well known to all. (and most unlikely to be known as
such by many
in the audience -- though the tune is reasonably familiar). They
sing the
first time through without words as: dah, dah,
dah-da-dah-dah-dah, etc. As
they do so they march in place in an exaggerated manner. For
Scouters, the staff helps you keep your balance as well as adding
a sense of
drama. The singing (and the dahs) is done pompously. Generally,
ensues. The words are then sung and then after review with the
group, the
whole thing is done together. (I guess you have to see it to
believe it).