Silver Bay Prize Songs

A song-writing competition was a regular feature of YWCA collegiate women’s conferences at Silver Bay.  In 1920, the winner was “Follow the Gleam,” a song which had a long life, sung at the close of the Lutheran Summer Conference for many years. I’ve since found two more Prize Songs; I’m afraid I have only the words at the moment, but you can imagine young women’s voices raised in song:

Smith College Prize Song, 1921

Sunlight is gleaming o’er mountain heights,
Earth’s radiant loveliness thrills with her youth.
Moonlight shines over the water
While Silver Bay beckons to follow the Truth.

Join now in brotherhood, spreading the Gospel
That warfare and discord may cease.
Let us in humble devotion march forward
And follow our Christ, Prince of Peace.

“Aladdin’s Lamp” (“New Lamps for Old”) Silver Bay Prize Song, 1923

In the land of dreaming bright with colors gay,
Strolled a care-free singer at the dawn of day.
He was called Aladdin and he sang his wares
In the land of dreaming never touched by cares.

Old lamps for new,
Tarnished ones for true,
Aladdin is selling
Old lamps for new,
Old lamps for new,
Old lamps for new,
Old lamps for new.

In the land of dreaming bright with colors gay,
Strolled a care-free singer at the dawn of day.
He was called Aladdin and he sang his wares
In the land of dreaming never touched by cares.

Old lamps for new,
False ones for true,
Silver Bay, we are bringing
Old lamps for new,
Old lamps for new,
Old lamps for new,
Old lamps for new.

In the land of dreaming bright with colors gay,
Strolled a care-free singer at the dawn of day.
He was called Aladdin and he sang his wares
In the land of dreaming never touched by cares.

New lamps for old,
Silver ones for gold,
Silver Bay you have brought us
New lamps for old,
New lamps for old,
New lamps for old,
New lamps for old.

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11 thoughts on “Silver Bay Prize Songs

  1. Pingback: Silver Bay, YWCA, 1928 « Silver Blog

  2. At Girl Scout camp there was a verse that ran someting like: In a land of lving built by human hands, carefree stargers gather here from any lands. We are called the seekers of Alladin’s wares in a land of lving never free from cares.

    • Do you know the melody that was sung to the version of Alladin? I know part of it, but not the entire melody, and would dearly love to hear it!

      • With corrections: In a land of living built by human hands (carefree?) strangers gather here from many lands. We are called the seekers of Aladdin’s wares in a land of living never free from cares.

        The chorus used was also backwards from some versions. It was always “New lamps for old; tarnished ones for gold; Aladdin is selling new lamps for old; Aladdin is selling new lamps for old.

        Yes, I know the tune we used — still hum it to myself, but am no singer!

      • Dear Joanne – I would be very grateful if you would be willing to make a little song file for iTunes or a private file for YouTube (You can record something that no one else can hear. I do not know how to do that, but I’ll bet it wouldn’t be hard to find a friend who knows!) OR – if you’re willing, I would share a phone call and could prompt your singing until we both had something that you say is “right!” This is pretty easy for me to do – in addition to having worked as a counselor and a GS professional, I have a long work life in music as a teacher, performer, composer and arranger, so it is fairly easy for me to do a “take down” – not as in wrestling, but from listening and taking melodic dictation. Are you willing? If YOU are, I’ll send my phone number and we can set something up at a time that works for you.

        In any case, thanks for your reply!

        Regards,

        Liz

  3. Does anyone know the melody to the Aladin version sung by Girl Scouts? I heard it once on the last day of summer sessions at the last camp in which I counseled. Alas, NO ONE I know has heard it!

  4. Both songs, Follow the Gleam and Aladdin’s Lamp, are still sung at Camp Miniwanca in Stony Lake, Michigan. There are copies of sheet music – handwritten, but clear enough to read and sing.

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