Day 28: Campfire Songs & Stories – The Americana Easter

Join us for the conclusion our Three Part Concert Series airing at 6 PM Pacific with Wolf Camp founder Chris Chisholm who will share classic American Cowboy & Spiritual songs and stories around the campfire. It’s part of our “You Healthy? Go Outside!” Evening Broadcasts – Family Friendly Music & Earth Skills Activities with Kim & Chris Chisholm, Wolf Camp and the Conservation College at Blue Skye Farm.

NOTE: We broadcast every day at 6 PM to the Wolf Camp Facebook Page but really want to broadcast live on YouTube. However, we need 1,000 subscribers before they will let us live stream via our phone in the field, so PLEASE go to to subscribe and then ask all your family and friends to subscribe as well. Also please consider a donation if you enjoy the video lesson and would like to help keep Wolf Camp administrative staff employed through springtime.

Sunday’s Setlist: (background info source below from

• I NEED TO WAKE UP by Melissa Etheridge written for the 2006 documentary film An Inconvenient Truth which won the Academy Award for for Best Documentary Feature and is the first instance of a documentary film winning the Best Song category as well.
• MORNING HAS BROKEN by Eleanor Farjeon set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune “Bunessan”
• Teach the World to Sing by Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Bill Backer, Billy Davis as sung by the Hillside Singers and New Seekers plus the Original by Cook & Greenway as sung by Susan Shirley “True Love & Apple Pie”
• TEACH THE WORLD TO SING by Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Bill Backer, Billy Davis as sung by the Hillside Singers and New Seekers plus the Original by Cook & Greenway as sung by Susan Shirley TRUE LOVE AND APPLE PIE.
• DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE is a spiritual with roots before the American Civil War and first published in 1918 in Plantation Melodies: A Collection of Modern, Popular and Old-time Negro-Songs of the Southland.
• THE OLD CHISHOLM TRAIL is a cowboy song first published in 1910 by John Lomax in his book Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads. The song dates back to the 1870s, when it was among the most popular songs sung by cowboys during that era. Based on an English lyrical song that dates back to 1640, “The Old Chisholm Trail” was modified by the cowboy idiom. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. In 2001, author Rosalyn Shanzer wrote a children’s book based on the song. It follows the adventures of some cowboys and their cattle as they travel the Old Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas. Chris Chisholm adapted it in 2005 with lyrics entitled THE OLD HIPPIE TRAIL.

Here are those lyrics to True Love and Apple Pie by by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, as sang by Susan Shirley in 1971 before Bill Backer contacted Billy Davis with an idea for a jingle that took this tune and made it the famous commercial and then I’d Like To Teach the World to Sing recorded by The Hillside Singers and also The New Seekers…

Don’t promise me no diamond rings
Or castles in the sky
Just real life things like (mornin fog)
True love and apple pie

I just believe no fancy cars
And no celebrity
Just a broken old shack in the way out back
Is god enough for me.

Oh to have a sweet old home
Where ramblin roses climb
With hot cold in every room
And air condition in the summer times.

And in the winter time
We’ll be warm and cozy by the fire
The kids, the dog and I
And you can have your heart’s desire
True love … true love and apple pie.

Oh to have a sweet old home…

UPCOMING TOPICS: We encourage you to offer suggestions on Virtual Earth Skills Camp lessons and adventures you’d like us to broadcast in the coming. Our plans for the coming week include:

  • Monday: Most Important Plants (Edible, Medicinal & Craft)
  • Tuesday: Making Acorn Flour & Muffins
  • Wednesday: Making Hazelnut Milk & Truffles
  • Thursday: Making Big Game & Quickie Bows
  • Friday: Making & Shooting Quickie Arrows
  • Saturday: Blue Skye Farm Bees Arrive!
  • Sunday: Setting Up Small $100 Solar Systems
  • We are hoping that sometime during the week of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22 we can launch the online version of the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Course revealing each field experience on daily broadcasts, but only if we get to 1,000 subscribers on YouTube which is the number they require for live streaming from phones in the field. We’ll keep broadcasting to our Wolf Camp Facebook page as a back-up, but will end broadcasts to Chris’ personal facebook page when YouTube subscriptions reach the 1,000 needed.

Announcements & Reminders:

– If you have time on your hands and you feel you’re not in a high risk group, see if your fire station, hospital, social service organization or other essential facility has a suggestion on how you can can get trained to support them. Staple businesses like grocery stores may even be hiring.

– If you still have an income or extra money, see if or when your fire station, hospital or other essential facility would appreciate delivery of a take-out order for one of their meals – it’s a great way to support small businesses too. Don’t forget essential non-profits which also need to keep people employed, and your favorite performing artists and venues which have little chance for income at this time.

– We believe that going outside is the healthiest way to maintain happiness while social distancing, where virus concentrations dissipate in the fresh air and can even get killed by extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. It’s where the sun helps us produce Vitamin D, keeping us happy and well. Gardening, in particular, is a great way to stay healthy, and if things get sparse, one of the best ways to increase food security.

Please consider a contribution if you benefited from this video, and help us keep Wolf Camp and the Conservation College at Blue Skye Farm going during this time when we can’t run spring workshops. We’re hoping to keep administrative staff employed in advance of the summer camp season. Thanks!

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