Hiking Song (I'm Happy When I'm Hiking)
DESCRIPTION: "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!.... I'm happy when I'm hiking, Pack upon my back; I'm happy when I'm hiking, Off the beaten track, Out in the open country." The singer likes tramping with a friend, even 20, 30, 40, 50 mile a day, and is "happy to be alive"
AUTHOR: See NOTES
EARLIEST DATE: 1938 (Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsPopularEdition)
KEYWORDS: travel friend nonballad campsong
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, p. 333, "Hiking Song" (notes only)
Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsPopularEdition, p. 16, "Hiking Song"" (1 text)
BoyScoutSongbook1997, p. 65, "I'm Happy When I'm Hiking" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [63 words]: The authorship of this is confusing. Zander/Klusmann-CampSongsPopularEdition list Max T. Krone. BoyScoutSongbook1997 lists no author and lists it as an "English Hiking Song" but list it as by Neil A. Kjos Music Co. of Chicago. I've never seen a field collection from England (or from America, except in Averill). It seems clear that someone wrote it, but I have no idea who. - RBW
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