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Do Any of You Mature Posters Remember 'The Happy Wanderer?'

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For some reason, this song from 1954 has wormed its way into my brain tonight, and I cannot stop singing the chorus:

 

Val-deri, Val-dera,
Val-dera,
Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Val-deri, Val-dera.
My knapsack on my back.

 

I was very young when this song was on the Hit Parade, but there were older teenage girls who lived two doors down, and I felt so mature when we all sang the song outside their home when we hung out together.   I do not know why, but I can envision one happy summer afternoon when all four of us sang this together with so much joy and innocence. 

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Re: Do Any of You Mature Posters Remember 'The Happy Wanderer?'

we used to sing this song in music class in elementary school.

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Re: Do Any of You Mature Posters Remember 'The Happy Wanderer?'

I was born in 1954, but I sang this song as a kid growing up in school, Girl Scouts and at the playground activities sing a long.

 

It was a fun song.

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It was a joyful song -- a real mood-lifter.

 

You can imagine the von Trapp family singing it as they skip along a mountain trail. 

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Re: Do Any of You Mature Posters Remember 'The Happy Wanderer?'

@golding76 

 

I remember it well and still like hearing it. It's kinda a semi-military song. Even used to play it on my trumpet!

 

 

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As a choir teacher, I taught this song to everyone--from children to senior citizens. "The Happy Wanderer" is a WINNER!

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Oh yes at Brownie camp. Memories. 

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@golding76 @SoX   Well now I remember that song after looking at the video.  Only problem is the song is stuck in my brain and I can't stop singing it now!  Aaarrrggg!!!  LOL!!!  

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Yes! And "Hit Parade" was my favorite TV show back then. Thanks for the memories.
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