History Items of the Canal Zone

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List Serve Memories of the Panama Canal Zone
cronicled by
Dale C. Clarke from Iguana

General Rambles Nov, 2003

Senior Song

Seniors,Stand up and sing:
Let all our voices ring,
Papers are in:the books are read:
We turn our eyes to the dreams ahead.
We hesitate as we go,
Thinking of friends we know.
Fondly we sing this tune.
We want to remember the days from
September to early June.
Here's to the times we knew,
A smile and a soft goodbye,
Here is a cheer for you.
Old Balboa High.
We worked and we played,
And we fought and we made.
And we're proud of the job we've done.
We come to the end at last,
High Schools days are past,
Years that were filled with tears and joys,
The laughs and loves of the girls and boys.
So thanks be to Mom and Dad
For all the fun we had,
All of it gone too soon,
We want to remember the days from
September to early June.

John McGinnis Class of '45


The Real Song (to the tune of "The Caissons Go Rolling Along")

Give a cheer, give a cheer,
For the boys who drink the beer,
In the cellars of Balboa High!
They are brave, they are bold,
And the liquor they can hold,
Is a story that's never been told!

For it's Hi-Hi-Ho! Down the hatch they go!
In the cellars of Balboa High!

So it's guzzle, guzzle, guzzle,
As it trickles down your muzzle
Drink up and never go dry!
We will hoist one more
While they're bustin' down the door
To the cellars of Balboa High!

Roll it out, roll it out
As the seventh keg goes out
In the cellars of Balboa High!
Turn the tap, turn the tap
Or remove the bottle cap
In the cellars of Balboa High!

So it's drink, drink, drink,
Till you vomit down the sink!
Shout out your orders loud and clear: MORE BEER!
And it's Hi-Hi-Ho! Down the hatch they go!
In the cellars of Balboa High...

Dave Furlong


The "Other" Real Song

Three cheers, three cheers for Balboa High
You bring the Seco, I'll bring the rye,
Send the Freshmen out for gin,
And don't let a sober Sophomore in,

Oh baby, we'll sober up and we'll never fall
Old Ever-clear is our alcohol
Ron Cortez que bueno es
We'll meet at the Yacht Club Bar

(circa 1968)
Glenn BHS 1969


Since Paul posted the following BHS song, I've been waiting to see if anyone filled in some missing information. Since no one has, here goes...

>Subject: BHS scool song
>
> Senior Song
> Seniors,Stand up and sing:
>Let all our voices ring,
>Papers are in:the books are read:
>We turn our eyes to the dreams ahead.
/snip/
>
>John McGinnis Class of '45

John McGinnis was a BHS graduate -- straight A's -- which earned him an appointment to West Point. That's no mean feat for a Canal Zone graduate, as we had no real congressional representation, other than a friendly member of Congress from Pennsylvania.

In any case, John hitched a ride on a military air transport to come home to the Canal Zone for the Christmas holidays from West Point. For whatever reason, during its approach to Albrook, the aircraft crashed into Taboga Island, killing everyone on board.

John's mom and dad were prominent members of the Balboa Union Church, where the funeral was held. I'm not sure, but I believe the song John wrote was sung at the funeral...

As to the discussion of Gold and Silver, et al, the separate water fountains and restrooms disappeared either in the late '40s or early '50s, possibly due to the large military presence in the Canal Zone. So did most of the other racial discrimination.

It is probably still more racist here in Central Florida now than it was in the early '50s in the Canal Zone. In the early '60s, one of the favorite places locals would take tourists was a mulberry tree in Mulberry, here in Polk County. It was the site of the last lynching in Polk County...

The tree disappeared within the past ten years.

Dave
BHS54


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