Summer Pump Up Song Session

Are you ready for the summer?!

We are and we can’t wait to get pumped up with you! Join Camp Director, Becca Meyer, and long-time song leader, Isaac Zones, for a virtual song session that is guaranteed to get you dancing and excited for this summer. Whether you’re joining us for the first time or you’re a Tawonga veteran, we are excited to sing some Tawonga favorites with you. Tune in to our Facebook page on Sunday, May 22 at 5pm to catch the live stream.

Tawonga Song Lyrics

Check out the lyrics to some of our most popular songs below, plus find more Tawonga tunes on our Spotify channel and in our Tawonga songbook.

Country Roads

Almost heaven, Camp Tawonga  

Sierra Mountains, Tuolumne River.

Life is old there, older than the trees,

Younger than the mountains, blowin’ like a breeze.


Country roads, take me home, to the place, I belong,            

Camp Tawonga, California, take me home, country roads.

All my memories, gather ’round her,

Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water.

Dark and dusty, painted on the sky,

Misty taste of moonshine,

Teardrops in my eyes. 



I hear her voice in the morning as she calls me

The radio reminds me of my home far away.

Driving down the road I get a feeling 

that I should have been home 

Yesterday, yesterday.


Weave Me the Sunshine


Weave, weave, weave me the sunshine

Out of the falling, out of the falling rain.

Weave me the hope of a new tomorrow

And fill my cup again.  

They say that the tree of loving,

(Shine on me again)

Grows on the banks of the river of suffering,

(Shine on me again)

If only I could heal your sorrow,

(Shine on me again)

I’d help you find a new tomorrow,

(Shine on me again)


Only you can climb that mountain,

(Shine on me again)

If you want to drink at the golden fountain,

(Shine on me again)


I’ve seen the steel and the concrete crumble,

(Shine on me again)

The proud and the mighty all have stumbled,

(Shine on me again)


Ken Y'Hi Ratzon

May G-d bless and keep you, ken y’hi ratzon.

May the light of G-d shine on you, ken y’hi ratzon.

May G-d’s grace go with you, may you know you’re not alone.


Ken y’hi ratzon, may there be Shalom

From the mountain high to the valley low,

We keep alive the flame, bringing glory to your name

It’s written on the stone, ken y’hi ratzon.

May good companions walk beside you, ken y’hi ratzon.

And hear the voice of G-d inside you, ken y’hi ratzon.

And if you lose your way, may G-d’s love bring you home.



Grant us blessing, mercy happiness and peace.

Our eternal souls are in your hands

May your kindness never cease.

Lean on Me

Sometimes in our lives 

We all have pain, we all have sorrow

But, if we are wise we know that there’s always tomorrow.


Lean on me when you’re not strong 

And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.

For, it won’t be long 

Till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.

Please swallow your pride

If I have things you need to borrow

For, no one can fill 

Those of your needs that you won’t let show. 


You just call on me brother when you need a hand.

We all need somebody to lean on.

I just might have a problem that you’ll understand.

We all need some body to lean on.

(chorus + bridge)

If there is a load

You need to bear, that you can’t carry.

I’m right up the road

I’ll share your load if you just call me. 

Call me [when you need a friend]  (repeat until end)

Oseh Shalom Bimromav

Oseh shalom, bimromav   x2

Hu ya-aseh hu ya-aseh hu ya-aseh  shalom   x3


One, two, three, four (Echad, shtayim, shalosh, arbah!)

May the One, may the One who makes peace 

bring peace down, bring peace down  x3

This Camp Is Your Camp


This camp is your camp, this camp is my camp. 

From San Francisco to the Sierra mountains.

From the A+C shed to the dining hall.

This camp was made for you and me.

As I was walking there were some dogs there.

One was named Sausage and one named Sally.

One had a cone-head the other was stinky.

These dogs were made to lick the floor. (chorus)

The sun was shining and we were swimming.

Our lips were saved by our lip balm making.

Then we played gaga that ball was rolling.

These games were made for you and me. (chorus)

Down at arts and crafts we plastered face masks.

Our knuckles stuck out and so did our lips.

Off to the dining hall for carmel apples.

These things were made by our bunk.  (chorus)

The Tree Song

Sitting in a quiet grove

Out among the tall tall trees in California, Northern California

It’s good to see a deep green forest reminds me of the way life used to be 

There’s a lesson to be learned here from the trees


They’re so old and they’re so wise

They’re so wonderful to see

They’re so strong they just breathe life

They’re so beautiful to me

And there’s no place else that I would rather be

Than here among the tall, tall trees

Than here among the tall, tall trees

They’ve been around a long long time

As the years go drifting by they survive

And they do it in style

Some try and cut them down

Fire’s been know to burn them to the ground

There’s a lesson to be learned here

For they still stand proud 



Wake up in the morning

Sit beside the fire

Taking it all in

A little peace and quiet

That’s what I desire

I’m thinking clear again

‘Cause I’m here among the tall, tall trees

Oh here among the tall, tall trees  


Galileo’s head was on the block;  the crime was looking up the truth.

And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode, I try to trace them to my youth.

Then you had to bring up reincarnation, over a couple of beers the other night.

Now I’m serving time for mistakes made by another in another lifetime.


How long ’til my soul gets it right?

Can any human being ever reach that kind of light?

I call on the resting soul of Galileo,

King of night vision, King of insight.

I think about my fear of motion, which I never could explain.

Some other fool across the ocean years ago, must have crashed his little airplane. (chorus)


I’m not making a joke, you know me I take everything so seriously.

If we wait for the time til all souls get it right,

Then at least I know there’ll be no nuclear annihilation

In my lifetime, I’m still not right.

I offer thanks to those before me, that’s all I’ve got to say.

Maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime, now I have to pay

But, then again, it feels like some sort of inspiration, to let the next life off the hook.

Or, she’ll say: look what I had to overcome from my last life, I think I’ll write a book.


How long (til my soul gets it right can we reach the highest light?) (2X) How lo–ng?

B'tzelem Elohim

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah      (4 times)

We all got a life to live.  We all got a gift to give.

Just open your heart and let it out.

We all got  a peace to bring.  We all got a song to sing.  

Just open your heart and let it out.        Yeah….



When I reach out to you and you to me,

We become b’tzelem Elohim

When we share our hopes and our dreams,

Each one of us b’tzelem Elohim.


We all got a tale to tell.  We all want to speak it well.

Just open your heart and let it out.

We all got a mountain to climb.  We all got a truth to find.

Just open your heart and let it out.  Yeah…. (chorus)


B’reishit    ba—ra             E – – -lo – – -him,   (2x)

B’reishit    ba-ra             E – – -lo – – -him,   (2x)

B’reishit bara Elohim, all our hopes, all our dreams,

B’reishit bara Elohim, each one of us, b’tzelem Elohim.

B’reishit bara Elohim, all our hopes, all our dreams        

B’reishit bara Elohim, each one of us, b’tzelem Elohim.  Yeah…. (chorus x2, last line x3)

All Star

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me 

I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb

In the shape of an “L” on her forehead.

Well the years start coming and they don’t stop coming

Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running.

Didn’t make sense not to live for fun

Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb.

So much to do so much to see

So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?

You’ll never know if you don’t go.

You’ll never shine if you don’t glow.



Hey now you’re an All Star get your game on, go play.

Hey now you’re a Rock Star get the show on get paid.

And all that glitters is gold

Only shooting stars break the mold.


It’s a cool place and they say it gets colder

You’re bundled up now but wait ‘til you get older.

But the meteor men beg to differ

Judging by the hole in the satellite picture.

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin

The waters getting warm so you might as well swim.

My world’s on fire how about yours?

That’s the way I like it and I’ll never get bored. 

(chorus, solo, chorus)

Somebody once asked, 

“Could I spare some change for gas?”

I need to get myself away from this place.

I said “yep what a concept

I could use a little fuel myself

And we could all use a little change.”

Well the years start coming

And they don’t stop coming.

Fed to the rules 

And I hit the ground running.

Didn’t make sense not to live for fun

Your brain gets smart 

But your head gets dumb.

So much to do so much to see

So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?

You’ll never know if you don’t go.

You’ll never shine if you don’t glow.


Friends, Friends, Friends

Friends, friends, friends

We will always be.

Whether in fair or in dark stormy weather,

It’s Camp Tawonga to keep us together.

Our love for you (cha, cha, cha),

It will e’er be true.

Love will pervade us though miles separate us

We’re friends, friends, friends.

Shalom chaverim, Shalom Chaverim, Shalom Shalom

L’hitra-ot, L’hitra-ot, Shalom Shalom




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