My Uncle Roasted A Kangaroo
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 leader
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 older 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, laughter 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). Enjoy.