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Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)

10 Jun 04 - 11:38 AM (#1204373)
Subject: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along.
From: GUEST,lsigis@earthlink.net

Here is another song that I found in my camp song collection. Does anyone have any info about it?

See those clouds rolling away.
See those stars shining so gay.Hear the wind in the tall pine trees
and you'll know exactly why I'm free.

Chorus
I am a rover, rolling along
Rover, singing a song
I am a rover, till the day I die.

Have few friends but they are true
The mountains, flowers, streams so blue
I am a wanderer never standing still
I must go onward to those hills.


04 Aug 08 - 11:55 AM (#2404922)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along.
From: GUEST,Nam

I like it so much althuogh i'm a vietnamese rover. Thanks a lot, be prepared


04 Aug 08 - 12:50 PM (#2404968)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along.
From: Melissa

Through this world I'm bound to roam
without a bed, a fire or a home
but I've a friend, a friend that is true
and that my comrade, that is you

Traveling through this world of men
I may never see you again
********
********


13 Aug 08 - 02:29 AM (#2412261)
Subject: last verse
From: GUEST,Chocolate_Kat

Traveling through this lonly world of men
I may never see you again
but ihope that you'll always think of me
no mater were you happen to be

Chorus
I am a rover, rolling along
Rover, singing a song
I am a rover, till the day I die

till the day i die


13 Aug 08 - 03:33 AM (#2412283)
Subject: ADD: The Rover (Girl Scout camp song)
From: Joe Offer

Well, I found it in two international Girl Scout songbooks. It's not in any of the earlier U.S. Scout songbooks we have indexed in this thread. The songbooks give no information about the origins of the song.

The Rover

See those clouds rolling on their way.
See those stars shining so gay.
Hear the wind in the tall pine trees.
And you'll know exactly why I'm free.

Chorus
I am a Rover, rolling along
Rover, singing a song
I am a Rover, until the day I die.

Have few friends, but they are true,
The mountain flowers, the sea of blue,
I'm just a wanderer, never standing still,
I must go onward to the hills.
CHORUS

Through this world I'm bound to roam,
Without a bed, a fire or a home,
But I have a friend, a friend that is true,
And that my comrade, that is you.
CHORUS


Source: Sangam Git/Sangam Songbook, 1997

Published for Sangam, the World Centre for World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, India. Publisher: Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
Also in Our Chalet Song Book, 1974.


tune available on request

Additional verse not included in the songbook:

    Traveling through this lonely world of men
    I may never see you again
    But I hope that you'll always think of me
    No matter where you happen to be


(from above)
You can print music from this PDF file: http://www.km.scout.se/upload/10-ROKO/roversangen.pdf


04 Oct 08 - 03:33 PM (#2457261)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST,kul

This was the first song I ever heard, really great, and I'd never seen that last verse before. Very nice.


24 Dec 08 - 11:43 PM (#2524252)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST,Sweyolokan

If you see me passing by
and you stop and wonder why
and you wish that you could be a rover too
Nail your shoes to the kitchen floor
lace them up and bar the door
and be thankful for the roof thats over you

I am a Rover, rolling along
Rover, singing a song
I am a Rover, until the day I die.


04 Nov 09 - 10:24 PM (#2759842)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rove
From: GUEST

I've been looking for this song for years. I first heard it at Camp Metaka in the summer of 1976, at Camp Fire Girls summer camp. Now I discover I've been mixing half verse/half chorus whenever I've tried to remember it. How wonderful to have finally found the whole song! Thank you very much.


14 Nov 09 - 09:42 PM (#2766255)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST,Jesse Cecil

My mother and I used to sing this song together and I never knew where it came from. She passed away in 2000 and I haven't heard the song since. As I sit here singing it, I can hear her voice. Thank you so much, you don't know what this means to me.


25 Dec 09 - 11:27 PM (#2796505)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST

Wow - I used to sing this at Camp Mountain Meadows in California, where I was a camper for several summers in the early-mid 1970's. I never knew all the lyrics. This is fantastic. Thank you!


26 Dec 09 - 01:23 AM (#2796524)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST,999

Rover

(source: "Our Chalet Songbook", Our Chalet Committee, 1981.)


The lyrics duplicate those posted by Joe.
http://www.luftascout.se/Ovrigt/Roversangen.pdf


07 Aug 11 - 11:31 PM (#3203665)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST,MinPin

This song orginated at a summer camp in the mountain of colorado. it was written by a counselor at MMR. It was written in the in 1961


13 Oct 11 - 05:28 AM (#3238247)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST

I was at the 50th anniversary celebration at Meadow Mountian Ranch in Allenspark, Colorado in August, 2011. I met the woman who wrote this song. Her name is Sue Dodge.


13 Oct 11 - 09:19 AM (#3238340)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST,geckoem1066

I can only remember how to sing the chorus, anyone have an mp3 recording or sheet music for the song?

Thanks,
geckoem1066@yahoo.com


28 Oct 11 - 08:56 AM (#3246068)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST,geckoem1066

My bad, there is a link posted above for the sheet music....


03 Dec 17 - 03:25 AM (#3891941)
Subject: RE: Origins: I am a rover, rolling along (The Rover)
From: GUEST

Traveling through this lonely world of men
I may never see you again
But I hope that you'll always think of me
No matter where you happen to be

This verse sent me into hysterics at a spring vacation camp in 1972. I didn't know why, but it was serious. Everyone was worried about me. I was 13. The next night we sang it, I felt an incredible sense of peace, one I've never felt before or since. Two days later, we arrived home to discover that the "peace" night, my beloved great grandmother had died. This is the first place I've seen reference to this verse, though I've never forgotten in in the ensuing 45 years. Thank you!