Ging Gang Goolie

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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 Year’s cabaret in Gothenburg, Sweden.[1] [2]. 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 he was involved in its creation. After early adoption by the Scandinavian Scout organisations, the song became eventually (starting in the 1940s and 1950s) a global hit among Scouts. 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 June–July Issue (p.7). The tale has also become a hit. [3]


  1. ^ Engdahl, Axel (1920). "12 (Axel Engdahls jubileumsalbum 1895-1920. Axplockning ur författarens revyfabrikation, page 12, Nxxxxx- morning - song)". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  2. ^ Engdahl, Axel (1905). Fru Lundins inackorderingar eller den nyaste kinematagrafen : Folkteaterns nyårsrevy 1905 :download of the entire original cabaret brochure from 1905 (60 MB), ref. the cover page for location and year, and page 21 in the actual brochure for the song (digitized page 25/31).
  3. ^ "a true-to-original variant". Scouting Resources UK. Retrieved 2015-05-23.

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