On Friends, Silver & Gold

I have had the following lines ballading in my mind since …I don’t know how long.
(Yes, I know “ballading” may not in the dictionary, but it IS what these words do in my mind :-):

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

I had no idea from whence they came.

Today, I plugged them into a search engine. And guess what? I found out they come from a Girl Scouts’ song!

I recall wanting to join the Girl Scouts when I was young. Yet, for some reason, I never did. (Yeah, I know, well-hidden childhood memories need uncovering here.) But what’s really great is to discover the rest of the words to the song!

And here they are:

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.

A fire burns bright,
it warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
from the very start.

You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.

Silver is precious,
Gold is too.
I am precious,
and so are you.

You help me,
and I’ll help you
and together
we will see it through.

The sky is blue
The Earth is green
I can help
to keep it clean

Across the land
Across the sea
Friends forever
We will always be

I’m sure I must have heard this song at least once in my life.

While I may never have joined the Girl Scouts, unbeknownst to the adult me, the younger me definitely embraced some of their values.

About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and actively learning how to perform stand-up comedy.
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2 Responses to On Friends, Silver & Gold

  1. I was a Boy Scout, can I play? (I can’t sing, so it’s my only option) 🙂

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