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This post will likely be of most interest to former or current Girl Scouts of America / Girl Guides (in Canada) / Boy Scouts / summer campers.

The title of this post refers to the campfire song “The Princess Pat” (with spelling in this case experienced as subjective):

The Princess Pat (Egyptian dance movement)
Lived in a tree (arms over head)
She sailed across (wave hands)
The seven seas (hold up seven fingers)
She sailed across (wave hands)
the Channel too (hold up two fingers)
and she took with her (sling bag over shoulder)
a rickabamboo (wiggle)


A rickabamboo (wiggle)
Now what is that?
Its a something made
 (one fist on top of the other)
By the Princess Pat (repeat Egyptian move)
It’s a red and gold (hand on right hip)
and a purple too (hand on left hip)
That’s why its called
a rickabamboo (wiggle)

Now Captain Jack (stand at alert)
Had a mighty fine crew (salute)
They sailed across the channel too (hold up two fingers)
but their ship sank (hold noses and move body down)
and your’s will too (point out and hold up two fingers)
if you don’t take (sling bag over shoulder)
a rickabamboo (wiggle)


The Princess Pat, saw Captain Jack.
She reeled him in, and brought him back.
She saved his life, and his crew’s too,
And do y’ know how? With the rickabamboo!


For relatively unrelated reasons, I was reading a book, Strange Empire by Joseph Kinney Howard (1952). Early in the book, he writes of World War I:

One of these men told me that at Ypres the fabled “Princess Pats” who had looked so valiant, so invincible when the troop trains came through, had whimpered and choked and screamed when the gas got them, had sought desperately to survive by masking their faces with handkerchiefs soaked in their own urine. The story made me ill…. It did not lend itself to boys’ games.

Along with the general terror of war, the phrase “Princess Pats” caught my eye and led to some mad Google work / wikipedia-ing.

That’s how I found out that Princess Pat was a person:

Princess Patricia of Connaught, c. 1917.

AND the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry regiment is part of the Canadian Forces.

AND the camp song is actually derived from the regiment’s (equally strange) song:

The Princess Pat’s Battalion
They sailed across the Herring Pond,
They sailed across the Channel too,
And landed there with the Ric-A-Dam-Doo
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

The Princess Pat’s Battalion Scouts
They never knew their whereabouts.
If there’s a pub within a mile or two,
You’ll find them there with the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

The Lewis Guns are always true
To every call of the Ric-A-Dam-Doo.
They’re always there with a burst or two
Whenever they see the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

The Bombers of the Princess Pat’s
Are scared of naught, excepting rats,
They’re full of pep and dynamite too,
They’d never lose the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

The Transport of the Princess Pat’s
Are all dressed up in Stetson hats.
They shine their brass and limbers too
I believe they’d shine the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

Old Number Three, our company
We must fall in ten times a day.
If we fell out ‘twould never do
For then we’d lose the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

Old Charlie S., our Major dear,
Who always buys us rum and beer,
If there’s a trench in a mile or two
You’ll find him there with the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

Old Ackity-Ack, our Colonel grand,
The leader of this noble band,
He’d go to Hell and charge right through
Before he’d lose the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

Old Hammy Gault, our first PP,
He led this band across the sea,
He’d lose an arm, or leg or two
Before he’d lose the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

And then we came to Sicily.
We leapt ashore with vim and glee.
The Colonel said the Wops are through
Let’s chase the Hun with the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

The Ric-A-Dam-Doo, pray what is that?
‘Twas made at home by Princess Pat,
It’s Red and Gold and Royal Blue,
That’s what we call the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

AND a rigabamboo is really a thing:

The [regimental colours] are a crimson flag with a circular purple centre. In the circle are gold initials… The regimental colours became known as the “Ric-A-Dam-Doo”, reportedly from the Gaelic for “cloth of your mother.” – wikipedia entry on the song

Thanks, wikipedia! And Google. And camp. And books. Now I know more than I knew when I woke up this morning.

NOW YOU KNOW, TOO. You’re welcome.

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