FAMILY SONGS BY RS

Page 1 of songs

  1. Nifty-fifty 2. Beyond 60  3. Masai Match (Marilyn)  4.Gin&John Wed. 5. Hard Man Dan     6. Dave’s getting married  7. CarEmSan    8.TodsyTurvy  9.Christmas 2002 10. M&M Lane 11.Granny Lane 12.Man from Muruu  13.Gini B’dy 14. Oh, Africa! (click link below)

Link to family singing “Oh Africa” Christmas in New Mexico 2016 

FOLLOWING TWO SONGS CELEBRATE RS/ELS ANNIV.

NIFTY FIFTY (7 verses)

(Celebrating Roy and Betty’s Fiftieth year of Marriage.Tarangire Safari Lodge, 1996 Tune: The Girl that I Marry”

  1. A ce-dar log ca-bin out near Na-rok

A grass-thatched ron-da-vel Loi-tok-i-tok

With Ki-li in the sky

There was mu-sic and laugh-ter

And love in each eye.

To far Sim-ba sta-tion in Mo-del T

To R.V.A. School, sort of “pur-ga-try”

Teach-er chur-ning, and some learn-ing

Then to Whea-ton where for-tune was turn-ing

For there Roy found Bet-ty

A most luck-y fel-la he be!

2. In Wa-shing-ton D.C. she came to be

In Swit-zer-land moun-tains she learned to ski

At char-ming Cha-teaux D’oex

With some hikes to the moun-tains

Through fresh-ly mown hay

And then Whea-ton Col-lege in U.S.A.

Her home wel-comed stu-dents from far a-way

Like young Bar-nett, from El-do-ret

There Ruth Bell and her Bil-ly, the two met

And then in came Ro-oy

And much to his jo-oy they clicked.

3. They stu-died, and worked, and each got a de-gree

And then while in Eng-land they got Dan-ny

Then out to R.V.A.

There was tea-ching and hunt-ing

And Jac-‘ran-da days

To start there was Da-vid then Car-o-lyn

And then came the Mau-Mau and Mar-i-lyn

R.V. bo-ys, K.L. no-ise

Ko-la-Ndo-to where sis-ters did re-joice

The fif-ties were nif-ty

But sto-ry has on-ly be-gun.

4. They then flew to New York to Al-b a-ny

Where mom once more helped dad get his M. D.

And top-ping all the rest

There came Ma-ry E-liz-beth

To fluff up the nest

Then off to Mon-du-li and ‘Ru-sha school

The po-lice said “Dan-ny you ain’t so cool”

‘Long came Gi-ni, fam’-ly “fii-ni”

Then a new house to build in Nai-ro-bi

Prince-O’ and the “Bom-a”

AM-REF and the church N.B.C.

5. Dear Go-koo taught Maa to a char-ming two

Theywere Eu-nie and Dave up at Il-bo-ru

Their first-borne’s name was Steve

Eu-nie prayed, and she schemed,

And a net she did weave.

All cud-dled be-hind Steve on his pi-kii

Our Mar-lyn was com-fy as she could be

Held him clo-ser,     till he caught her

Then he asked, and her dad an-swered “yes   sir”.

A nice Maa-sai match, yes

Kin-ji-pa O-lai-tor-ia-nii.

6. These no-mads mi-gra-ted to Lou-don-ville

To L.C.C., Sha-ker, and days so chill

In far ‘Me-ri-ca-ni

Times at Pin -na-cle, Schroon Lake

And Dave’s ha-ru-si

And then back to Ken-ya the Med School won

And Car’-lyn to Peace Corps in hot Ga-bon

Fledglings flying, Cha-let emp-ty

Moved to Nav’s where was swim-ming a-plen-ty

And fin’-lly to U.S.

Near Dan in old Al-bu-quer-que.

7. We both were so na-ieve in for-ty six

So of-ten God spared us from self-made fix

His pa-tience car-ried on

And he trus-ted us with kids

That we could brag on

And now that we’ve passed our “three-score and ten”

We’re real-ly a-glow with our our GRAND-child-ren

Each one nor-mal, each one special,

Each one pre-cious and beau-ti-ful ves-sel

Yes, fifty’s been nifty

To God be the glo-ry , A-MEN!.

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BEYOND SIXTY (7 verses)

(Celebrating Roy and Betty’s 63d year of Marriage.

Reunion, Albuquerque, NM, USA, July 09

Tune: The Girl that I Marry”)

  1. A ce-dar log ca-bin out near Na-rok

A grass-thatched ron-da-vel Loi-tok-i-tok

With Ki-li in the sky

There was mu-sic and laugh-ter

And love in each eye.

To far Sim-ba sta-tion in Mo-del T

To R.V.A. School, sort of “pur-ga-try”

Teach-er chur-ning, and some learn-ing

Then to Whea-ton where for-tune was turn-ing

For there Roy found Bet-ty

A most luck-y fel-la he be!

2. In Wa-shing-ton D.C. she came to be

In Swit-zer-land moun-tains she learned to ski

At char-ming Cha-teaux D’oex

With some hikes to the moun-tains

Through fresh-ly mown hay

And then Whea-ton Col-lege in U.S.A.

Her home wel-comed stu-dents from far a-way

Like young Bar-nett, from El-do-ret

There Ruth Bell and her Bil-ly, the two met

And then in came Ro-oy

And much to his jo-oy they clicked.

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We both were so na-ieve in for-ty six

So of-ten God spared us from self-made fix

His pa-tience car-ried on

And he trus-ted us with kids

That we could brag on

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3. They stu-died, and worked, and each got a de-gree

And then while in Eng-land they got Dan-ny

Then out to R.V.A.

There was tea-ching and hunt-ing

And Jac-‘ran-da days

To start there was Da-vid then Car-o-lyn

And then came the Mau-Mau and Mar-i-lyn

R.V. bo-ys, K.L. no-ise

Ko-la-Ndo-to where sis-ters did re-joice

The fif-ties were nif-ty

But sto-ry has on-ly be-gun.

4. They then flew to New York to Al-b a-ny

Where mom once more helped dad get his M. D.

And top-ping all the rest

There came Ma-ry E-liz-beth

To fluff up the nest

Then off to Mon-du-li and ‘Ru-sha school

The po-lice said “Dan-ny you ain’t so cool”

‘Long came Gi-ni, fam’-ly “fii-ni”

Then a new house to build in Nai-ro-bi

Prince-O’ and the “Bom-a”

AM-REF, and the church N.B.C.

5. These no-mads mi-gra-ted to Lou-don-ville

To L.C.C., Sha-ker, and days so chill

In far ‘Me-ri-ca-ni

Times at Pin -na-cle, Schroon Lake

And Dave’s ha-ru-si

And then back to Ken-ya the Med School won

And Car’-lyn to Peace Corps in hot Ga-bon

Fledglings flying, Cha-let emp-ty

Moved to Nav’s where was swim-ming a-plen-ty

And fin’-lly to U.S.

Near Dan in old Al-bu-quer-que.

6. Dear Go-koo taught Maa to a char-ming two

Theywere Eu-nie and Dave up at Il-bo-ru

Their first-borne’s name was Steve

Eu-nie prayed, and she schemed,

And a net she did weave.

All cud-dled be-hind Steve on his pi-kii

Our Mar-lyn was com-fy as she could be

Held him clo-ser, till he caught her.

Then he asked, and her dad an-swered “yes, sir”.

A nice Maa-sai match, yes

Kin-ji-pa O-lai-tor-ia-nii.

7. And now that we’ve passed, on “three-score and then”

We’re real-ly a-glow with our GRAND-child-ren

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Each one nor-mal, each one special,

Each one pre-cious and beau-ti-ful ves-sel

Yes, six-ty’s been nifty

To God be the glo-ry , A-MEN!

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FOLLOWING ARE SIX SONGS ABOUT OUR SIX OFFSPRING

Mare, Gin, Dan, Dave, Carolyn, Bets.

MAASAI MATCH  (4 verses)

(Steve and Marilyn

Tune – The Girl that I Marry)

  1. Our Mare’s get-ting mar-ried to quite a guy

He’s friend-ly and ea-sy as ap-ple pie

And Ste-phen is his name

and be-caause of his love she is one lu-cky dame

Theywere kids to-ge-ther at Loli-on-do

One fa-mous sa-fa-ri of fun and woe

Then, much ol-der, Ste-phen bold-er

In his arms he did gen-tly en-fold her

OH LEO RA-HA SA-NA

HA-WA, NA-PEN-DA-NA

HOO-RAY!!

2. Young la-dy came o-ver from Mo-shi town

She sat next to Steve, and she knocked him down

And Mar-lyn was her name

And ac-cor-ding to Steve he is quite glad she came

Her class sa-fa-ris from I.S.M.

Were just an ex-cuse to at-tract this gem

Once called “HO-NEY”, al-ways sun-ny

“Live on love” when they run out of mo-ney

Repeat chorus

3. Now Roy, and Bet-ty, and Eu-nie, and Dave

Have twice as much a-bout which to rave

Its ta-ken eight-een years

With some hop-ing and cop-ing, some laughs and some tears

Now folks you can call it a Maa-sai match

And Go-koo says “oiengoshoki ai WHAT A CATCH!”

Say the fa-thers, and the mo-thers,

Sis-ters un-cles and cou-sins and bro-thers

Repeat chorus

4.  So off, you go-o, you hap-py pair

Through sea-sons a-chang-ing, some foul, some fair

Keep teamed up with the Lord

He will glue you to-ge-ther, keep hearts in ac-cord

He’ll help you dai-ly to fol-low the way

Of “JI-TE-GE-ME-A” and “HA-RAM-BEE”

Na kwa Ken-ya, Tan-za-ni-a,

N-chi ye-nu, u-mo-ja kwa ni-aaa

Repeat chorus.

End

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  GIN-JOHN Wedding (8 verses)

(Tune “Mun-gu U-ba-ri-ki A-fri-ica”)

  1. Hap-py sto-ry starts at Ma-kin-du

Where the a-ni-mals were like a zoo

In sight,           snows of Ki-li

Train tracks,    to Nai-ro-bi

SHAF-FERS AND ARMES, to Af-ri-ca

SENT IN GOD’S LOVE,        from   ‘Mer-i-ca

U-bar-i-ki, jamaa wa-wi-li

Na wa-to-to wa-ke.

2. La-ter on the Armes did move to Gai

Sha-ffers to the Tan-za-nia Maa-sai

Still met at Ki-ja-be

Or else in Nai-ro-bi

SHA-FFERS AND ARMES, quite Af-ri-can

BUT AL-SO STILL, A-mer-i-can

U-ba-ri-ki, ja-ma wa-wi-li

Na wa-to-to wa-ke.

3. At the GFREAT RIFT VA-LLEY ‘CA-DE-MY

Bas-ket-ball and ‘V-ball and rug-by

Dorm life, with some strange “tea”

Se-nior sa-a-fa-ri

GIN-NY AND JOHN, products ofA-fri-ca

GIN-NY AND JOHN, set for’Me-ri-ca

U-ba-ri-ki, wat-to-to we-tu

Na sa-fa-ri ya-ke

4. John up on the Look-out Tenn-i-see,

Gin lost in the maize in Illi-noi-ee

Each one got a de-gree

Butbaa-do ha-a-ru-si

GIN-NY AND JOHN, where in ‘Me-ri-ca

COULD EACH FIND FRIEND, quite likeA-fri-ca

U-ba-ri-ki, wa-to-to we-tu

Pe-le-le-za wa-ke.

5. Then the pen-ny dropped, the phone did ring

toGin-ni from Vir-gin-ia, Herbrain went “DING”

Mane-no min-gi saa-naa

Mo-yo fu-u-ra-ha

GIN-NY AND JOHN, love ofA-fri-ca

“KO-RO-GA’D” WITH, dreams in ‘Mer-i-ca

U-ba-ri-ki, wato-to we-tu

na Ki-un-go wa-ke.

6. Hegot her to Lake George, a real “snow job”

Xposed her to his fam-‘ly lov-ing mob

Stead-‘ly John-ny chased Gin

Fin-‘ly Gin-ny caught HIM

GIN-NY AND JOHN, out of Afri-ca

THEY FELL ;IN LOVE in Amer-i-ca

U-ba-ri-ki, wato-to we-tu

Na wa-to-to wa-ke

7. Now the time has come, we’re ta-ya-ri

For this most mo-men-tous ha-ru-si

Hearts beat, be-lls they chime

Get us,   to church on time

GIN-I’S MAN JOHN he’s quitea bwa-na

JOHNNY’S GAL GIN m’ zuri sa-na

Smiles are all wide, “here comes the bride!”

Lets get on with the show.

8. Just to fin-ish off this sweet sto-ry

We must men-tion Al-bert and Lau-rie

El-len, Hank and his Jean

Da-na and friend Lo-rene

San-dra, Ja-net and Bill

Angel-o Leigh and Rus-sell

WON-DER-FUL Friends Cha-pel Hill-ers

THEIR LOVE HAS LEGS   ex-pe-di-ters

We thank the Lord, these friends and more

Make our spi-rits to soar.

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HARD MAN DAN (2 verses)

(Tune – “The Girl That I Marry”)

  1. Like sis-ters, like bro-ther its nice to be

Con-ten-ted-ly wrapped up in matrii-mo-ny,

But Dan was hard to wrap

From a ser-ies of girls he did pre-serve a GAP

There was Mug-sy and   Cin-dy   and Ra-chel   too

And     Bet-sy   and   Deb-by and dark haired Sue

Then came Gret-chen. (pause)   Changed his vis-ion.

He did chase her un-til she did catch him!

We’re proud of dear Gret-chen

We love her, she’s so neat, HOO-RAY!

 

  1. Now dear Dan and Gret-chen, were full of life,

And per-fect ex-am-ples of “man-and-wife,”

Ex-cept for one small thing,

There was no noi-sy, mes-sy, ex-pen-sive off-spring

So boy were we glad when the tel-e-phone line

Did bring us a call from Dan “on cloud nine”

His dear La-dy, (pause) had a ba-bee,

Yes,   a girl,   and her name it was Ra-chel.

Oh “cuz” num-ber eight, with us

You real-ly rate a HOO-RAY!!

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 OUR DAVE’S GETTING MARRIED  (6 verses)                                                                                          (Tune – The Girl That I Marry)

  1. The man that Deb mar-ries was quite a boy!

He ne-ver was dull so the name was Roy.

The sweet-est lit-tle guy,

With Dad’s greason his dia-pers and gleam in h;is eye.

  1. The man that Deb mar-ries was-a buddy to me,

We worked and had fun out on Saa-fa-ri.

And-rev- o-lu-tion     and U-hu-ru,

Da-vid saw, and he felt, and his mind grew.

And now with dear Deb-bie, ‘a most hap-py fell-la’ he’ll be.

  1. To our bro-ther Da-vid a good-bye kiss,

Oh he and his Deb-bie we sure will miss.

When lthey; take off a-lone,

We will si-gh and cr-y with-out them at home .

  1. We wish them the be-est in Ill-i-nois

With lau-ghter and mu-sic and hope and joy

With-out Bet-sy, with-out Gin-n;y

To be con-stant-ly keep-ing them bu-sy

So now as they mar-ry, we pray that they hap-py will be!

  1. The girl that Dave mar-ries is kind and “cool”

Youcan ask Mis-ter Nun-ez at South-gate school

Or, ask her fam-i-ly

Ask Kris, Kev, Den, Pam; “J”, Sean, Claud, Steve or Ka-thy

  1. The girl that Dave mar-ries can cook and sew

She’s ar-tis-tic wit-ty and “on-the-go”

But the main thing, why we love her

Is her Nat-ur-al-ness, THIS WE PRE-FER

Soto Deb-bie, Dave’s “bee-bie” it’s “wel-come, much love and whoo-pie!”

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CAR-EM-SAN

(Carolyn, Emily, Sandra)

Tune – Alouetta

5 verses

  1. Car-o-lyn you give us lots of pleas-ure

You are al-ways sweet, smart, strong and sure

Sweet, smart, strong and sure you say?

Yes sir-ee! And day-by-day.

Day-by-day? That’s what we say

Sweet and smart? As a “dart”. A h h h

2. E-mi-ly you’re real-ly quite a book-worm

Bet-ter ti-tle would be “book PY-THON”

Gob-bling up the books so fast,

Vo-ca-bu-la-ry, its VAST!

Gob-bling fast, speaking vast,

WRI-TER, your   die is cast. A h h

3. San-dra you were born to be in-ven-tor

Like your great great grand-mo-ther be-fore.

PIL-ing, PULL-ing, PUSH-ing things

‘ma-gi-na-tion, it has wings.

Ed-i-son, Gra-ham Bell

Sank-dra’ll do, just as well.     A h h h

4. CAR-EM-SAN you tra-veled West Af-ri-que (‘ku’)

Es-ca-pades were tru-ly MAG-NI-FIQUE! (‘feek’)

Es-ca-pades were mag-ni-fique?

Yes, and tense, and ra-ther “queek”.

Mag-ni-fuque, tense and “queek”

You sure have lots of “CHIC”! A h h     (‘sheek’)

5. CAR-EM-SAN we love you with great pri-de

No self-pi-ty e-ver on your side.

CAR-LYN coach-ing stu-dent boy

EM-‘LY play-ing “Ode To Joy”

SAN-DRA spells pho-ne-tique (‘teekk’)

You three are MAG-NI-FIQUE! A h h

                                                                                                                                                                  

THINGS ARE “TODSY-TURVY” ( 6 verses)

(Todd and Betsy)

(At Luke’s birth, 1987)

(Tune – Red River Valley)

  1. From Rift Val-ley they said you were go-ing

Todd and Bet-sy to get a de-gree

We were hop-ing, but not real-ly know-ing

If they could real-ly reach HA-RU-SI.

2. Now dear Bet-sy she splitto West “Sa-ba-bu”

Pe-di-a-trics and psy-chi-a-try

Rut-gers saw Todd go through “bi-la- ta-bu”

And he’s now quite a “Bwa-na Ma-ji”

3. The environ-ment of love is a mix-ture

Lots of pat-ience, and some ka-zi too

Todd and Bets you’ve been paint-ing a pic-ture

Sim-ply sweet, like to-day’s “si-ku-kuu”

4. From Ka-la-cha Nai-ro-bi and Mo-shi

And Ar-u-sha and li’l La-re-do

Hopes that things will go “sawa” and “safi”

With a nice mix of work and whoop-eee!

5. Off they went to a place known as Cha-ad

They were sent there by old M.C.C.

There were times when they thought they’d go “ma-ad”

But they some-how found equanim-i-ty

6. From Nja-me-na they smug-gledin a ge-em

Hid-den sa-fely in Bet-sy’s tum-my

Then Pa-tel, he helped Bet-sy to show ’eml

That that nice gem was li’l LUKE you see.

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Christmas 2002 Family song.

To the tune of “Hark the Herald Angels sing”

1) Hark the Shaffer family sings

Tunes of joy and happy things.

Grandpa writes a witty song

And the family sings along.

All together we are here,

Here to share the Christmas cheer.

Tot the family tree we bring

Lots of fun and lots of zing.

Hark the Shaffer clan is here

All have come from far and near!

2) Hark the Shaffer clan can play,

Through the night and through the day,

Scategories and Ping Pong

And the scrabble games so long.

Here to celebrate our king

All to Jesus we do bring

He’s the one who we do praise

He does guide our nights and days

Hark the Shaffer clan is here!

All have come from far and near.

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MAN FROM MURUU (John Armes)

( 8 verses.To tune “Clementine”)

  1. In a home by,   big rock moun-tain

Place in Ken-ya, named MU-RUU

Jack and Lol-ly, eight kids jol-ly!

Stuck to-ge-ther, tight as glue.

  1. On the Rift at,   R   V     AA

John en-joyed the,   game rug-by

Got some coun-sel, ‘bout a girl friend

From his fu-ture,   wife Gi-ni

3. John went on to,   Cov’nant col-lege

Chat-a-noo-ga,   without the “choo

Climbed a tow-er,   psy-chic pow-er

Gra-du-a-ted, with a view

  1. Joined the Air Force, took a tech course

Showed his tal-ents, quite a few

   Said to Gi-ni,   come to ’Gin-ia

Cause I want to, mar-ry you

  1. Sent to land of,   Mar-tin Lu-ther

Where they hos-ted, Mom and Dad

Then to Eg-lin, there had Ei-leen

Fam-ly star-ted,   all so glad.

  1. Things do hap-pen, sent to Ja-pan

Su-ki-ya-ki,     ri-sing-sun

     Then to ‘las-ka,   cold and love-ly

There had Hei-di,   Oh what fun

  1. Back to U. S.,   down to Tuc-son

Mas-ter Ser-geant, (sigh) fin-a-leee

Then re-tire-ment,   “flags ‘n prais-es”

Then to Al-bu,   quer-qu-eee.

8. Mom and Dad and, Dan and Da-vid

Such sur-prise was,   sweet Lin-di

We will e-ver,   stick to-ge-ther

We’re the clan that’s,   M’zu-ri  

  1. Fundi, crafts-man,   I – T drafts-man

Gave his kids great,   D N A

Guy from Mu-ru,   guy who can-do

Guy out-stan-ding, JOHN, HOO-RAY!!!

RS Songs/May 2011

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINI  (3 verses)

(To tune “Carry me back to old Virgin’y” Aug. 2014)

  1. We ce-le-brate our dear Vir-gin-ia

She helps our hopes, and our ex-pec-ta-tions grow

No one on earth could be loved more sin-cere-ly

Than Gin-i Pi-ni, the last one in the row.

2. Road to Ma-lin-di, she rode in a ham-mock

Ro-ver so full of so ma-ny peo-ple more

Co-llege and nur-sing gave wings to her ta-lents

And then in mar-riage, her life it sure did soar

3. We ce-le-brate, our dear, dear Gin-i

She made a mark, she did lift the ban-ner high

All ‘round the earth she has left her fine foot-prints

And in God’s grace she will fly, and fly, and fly.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINI !!!!

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OH AFRICA!  (3 VERSES)

(Tune – “Dont Fence Me In”)

  1. Oh take me back, take me back to the coun-try that I love

OH, AF-RI-Ca,

To the plains and the peo-ple,  to the moun-tains up a-bove

OH, AF-RI-CA

R.- V.- A.’s  where our Dan first had fe-male it-ches

Malin-di is the place where Dave lost his brit-ches

Car-lyn, Mar-lyn,  Bet-sy, Gin-ny all have roots in

OH, AF-RI-CA

  1. Oh take me back, take me  back to Ki-ja-be on the Rift

OH, AF-RI-CA

R.-V.-A. boys were “swift”, and the Mau-Mau made us shift

OH, AF-RI-CA

It was there Mom was BIG,    with three bay-be-es

Timedthem to the  bloom-ing Ja-ca-ran-da tre-es

I would swap the best there is in  big New York for

OH, AF-RI-CA

  1. Take me back, take me back to Mon-du-li in Maa-sai

OH, AF-RI-CA

Where Ra-jab and Gas-par made the best of cake and pie

OH, AF-RI-CA

With sa-fa-ris to pla-ces like Lo-li-on-do

Nai-no-ka-no-ka, yes, and Ngo-ro-ngo-ro

Si-mon-sons, Ar-u-sha school and U-hu-ru in

OH, AF-RI-CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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