We Like To Camp in the Forest

Story Behind The Song

My son had just joined Cub Scouts. One of the den leaders heard that I played guitar and asked if I would play at the annual bonfire. Since I didn't know any campfire songs, I wrote one that somewhat approximates the temperment of my son as well as myself.

Song Description

Vignette of a child on a group camping trip, trying to persuade the others into calling it off.

Song Length 3:42 Genre Unique - Children, Unique - Children
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Engaging, Sociable Subject Plants, Forest, General
Similar Artists Arlo Guthrie, Weird Al Yankovic Language English
Era 2000 and later


We like to camp in the forest
we don't take no showers or baths
we eat grubs and berries and sometimes tree bark
we hike down the briar-filled paths
there's ticks and snakes, grizzly bears goodness sakes
but nothing will scare us away
cuz we like to camp in the forest
yeah, we're tough, we like it that way

but just between you and me fellas
I wish we had macaroni and cheese
some microwave popcorn and a frosty root beer
and some crispy french fries, if you please
well I won't tattle if you don't
but I brought us along a cell phone
whoever calls first gets the biggest bratwurst
and then we can all go home


there's smoke in my eyes, there's ants in my pants
there's worms and creepy crawlies galore
there's a wild giraffe too, he's escaped from the zoo
and he wants a big bite of my s'more
there's hedgehogs and beavers and badgers and bats
there's big hairy spiders spinnin' down fro the trees
something crawled cross my toes, a bug flew up my nose
can't you smell that skunk in the breeze


Lyrics Jim Bustamante Music Jim Bustamante
Producer Jim Bustamante Publisher n/a
Performance Jim and Jody Bustamante Label n/a
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