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"'Ging Gang Gooli(-e)'" or "'Ging Gang Goo'" (below 'Ging Gang') is a gibberish song, widely spread around the world. It is popular among Scouts and Girl Guides.
In 1905 the song, with Scandinavian spelling of the gibberish, was presented at a New Years cabaret in Gothenburg, Sweden. The lyrics and the melody were presumably derived from student singing in Central Europe. Robert Baden-Powell is often quoted as the originator of the song, but there is no evidence that he was involved in its creation nor its introduction. After early adoption by the Scandinavian Scout organisations, the song became eventually (starting in the 1940s and 1950s) a global hit among Scouts.
The 1905 lyrics:
Hinkan, kolikolikolikolifejsan / Kinkan koh, kinkan koh
Phoneticized to English (earliest documented version 1952; many other variations in spelling and phonemes exist):
Ging gang, goolie goolie goolie goolie watcha / Ging gang goo, Ging gang goo
In 1969, a version was recorded by British comedic group The Scaffold. Released as a single, "Gin Gan Goolie" reached number 38 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 1978, British parody satire band The Rutles recorded a version of the song. The song was only released in the UK, and never officially released as part of an album.
In 1991 Dorothy Unterschutz, a Canadian Scout Leader from Edmonton, wrote a dramatization of the song in the form of a tale named "The Great Grey Ghost Elephant". It was published in Scouts Canada's 'The Leader' magazine in the 1991 JuneJuly Issue (p. 7). The tale has also become a hit.
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