Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Geared for Guys Blog Tour

Well I am the penultimate stop of the Geared for Guys blog tour.  You may have spotted the book touring around blogland.  It's written by Emily Herrick and is jam packed full of quilts for the men and boys in your life.  You can buy a hard copy in your favourite bookstore or get an pdf version in Emily's Etsy shop.  There have been opportunities to win a copy of the book along the way and this post is no exception.  Leave me a comment telling me what song you would sing if you were stuck in the desert overnight (see end of post...) and Mr Random will pick a comment one week from now for a chance to win the book.



Here's a picture of Emily at Quilt Market with her book.  And the final stop on the blog tour is back at her blog tomorrow.


I have three guys in my immediate family in the form of my long suffering Welsh husband and my two teenage sons.  So a book of manly quilts is just what I needed.  And as a special bonus, the front cover depicts a quilt designed and made by none other than Fat Quarterly's John Quiltdad.


My other favourite quilts in the book are Oddball,


this retro text Gamer quilt...

and my favourite of the whole book, Switchback


which has a whole cowboy out in the wilderness thing going on reminding me of when the Three Amigos were out in the desert singing Blue Shadows on the Trail.  Little known fact...our three cats were called Ned Nederlander, Lucky Day and Dusty Bottoms.  Goodnight Lucky.  Goodnight Dusty.  Goodnight Ned.  Leave a comment letting me know what you would sing if you were stuck in the desert overnight for a chance to win a copy of Geared for Guys.

115 comments:

  1. "Cool Water" comes to mind as the perfect desert song. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  2. I love The Three Amigos! We watched it for movie night a few Fridays ago (on VHS, too!).

    I'd probably just be singing a commercial jingle in my brain. I can't seem to get those out of my mind and it drives me crazy!

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  3. There look like some really lovely 'guys' quilts here

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  4. The song that is stuck in my head (for days now) is Gold by Emmylou Harris. (No matter how bright I glittered, baby, I could never be gold.) The tune (penned by Harris) is haunting and the background vocal by Dolly Parton blends so well I didn't notice for a while that it was even there.

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  5. Anything from sound of music with slight changing of the words as I never get the words right anyway :-)

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  6. Definately 'Jeg er en glad lille cowboy...' I'll spare you for now though and be thankful I'm all alone when I sing it out loud.

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  7. A Horse With No Name. For whatever reason that is the song that came to mind. Happy quilting.

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  8. I just received a bundle of David Butler’s Parson Gray Curious Nature I purchased at Eclectic’s (which you are entirely to blame for... ha ha) and my man needs a quilt, so I would love a copy of that guy quilt book.

    It‘s better if I don’t sing overnight in the dessert. It might scare of my horses or camels!

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  9. Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy (a little John Denver) Drives my kids nuts when I sing in public! Thanks for the chance

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  10. Well, speaking of camels.............
    I'd be singing "Midnight at the oasis, Send your camel to bed, Shadows paintin' our faces, Traces of romance in our heads." and wishing Maria Muldaur were there with me so SHE could sing it too. What a great song that is.
    As is this book.

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  11. 'Fields of Gold' because I just love it and it always makes me think of my husband. It is such a beautiful song.

    Thanks for the chance to win the book. I have discovered so many new blogs this past week due to the 'Geared for Guys' blog tour; its been great.

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  12. I'd sing "There's a Hole in the Bucket." :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I would make up my own lame song filled with lament and anguish because I would be stuck in the desert with scorpions and wild creatures of the night that would eat me in my sleep. Though Starry Starry night would be lovely as I gazed at the billion stars staring down at me. The book looks fantastic and having a house full of men, including the dog, it would be very useful.

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  14. lol, I'd sing show me the way to go home :O) I may be singing it during the weekend...don't let me drink too much :)

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  15. Tell Me Why (an old lullaby) because I rarely remember songs to words and I've sung that one to my here girls so often I will never forget it.

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  16. I would sing Waterloo by ABBA! Have no idea why that came into my head! My parents used to listen to them!

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  17. I would sing Single Ladies(Put a Ring on it) by Beyonce, because you would have to dance if you were stuck in the desert! Thanks!

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  18. I don't know what I would sing but I know it would be sung loudly.

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  19. It's got to be ELO's Wild West Hero. Oh I wish I was, ohohohoh, a wild west hero...and repeat.

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  20. The song that came into my head was
    The night has a Thousand Eyes by Bobby Vee 1962.
    Thanks for the give away.

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  21. I would sing 76 Trombones at the top of my lungs - my dads favorite song and out in the dessert you can do what you want! thanks!

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  22. This is a very cool book concept!

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  23. I'd sing 'Hit the Road Jack'! Did you hear Tom Jones and his team singing it a couple of weeks ago on 'The Voice'??
    Fabulous!

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  24. I think I might sing the James Taylor song "Sweet Baby James" that talks about the cowboy whose horse and his cattle are are his only companions. He works in the saddle and sleeps in the canyons - love James Taylor!!! Thanks for the chance to win this great books - I need "guy" ideas!

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  25. Anything by Simon and Garfunkle - I know, I know, I'm showing my age, but I do love their music. And the Geared for Guys quilt book.

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  26. probably Home on the Range; thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  27. I would sing Ride Like the Wind... and hope I were carrying with me a few gallons of water! Have a great week!

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  28. "Oklahoma!" Not really about a desert, but it sort of fits, and it's fun to belt at the top of your lungs. :)

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  29. I would sing Stronger by Kelly Clarkson. Just humming a few bars makes me feel like I can do anything.

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  30. I would sing hit the "Home on the Range," it's a classic. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  31. I would sing "Git Along Little Dogies."

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  32. I would sing "Home" by Blake Shelton and Michael Buble. I love that song. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  33. How dry I am is a desert song. Guy quilts yeah, so many guys to quilt for, I am already working on color schemes.

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  34. Well, since you said "stuck" in the deserts I'm going to assume this was not a planned or fun thing. Because of that and my fear of wild animals and snakes, especially in the desert, I think I'd be singing "Tomorrow" from Annie. The sun will come out tomorrow ............ LOL

    Or maybe given the song from Ghostbusters "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" because of the 'ghost' stories of all the dead cowboys wandering the wild west. LOL

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  35. Once, on a trip back to Kansas to see family, we were in Winslow, Arizona and the song 'Take it easy' by the Eagles came on the radio. If you're familiar with the song, it makes a reference to Winslow. We had a good laugh about it and sang along. That's the song I'd sing!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. It would have to be 'I've been through the desert on a horse with no name' by America. Yes, I'm that old!

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  37. I don't know....maybe "All by Myself" by Celine Dion? haha

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I'd sing Midnight at the Oasis, of course! Followed by a rousing chorus of Horse with No Name. It makes me thirsty just thinking about singing desert songs. :)

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  39. I would sing the song Lucy sang...I'm a lone caye..on the Rio Grande? I don't know the name...and probably not the lyrics either...oh well. thanks for the chance to win :)

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  40. Hotel California by The Eagles. Fun question!

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  41. Hmmm...how about "Michael rowed the boat ashore" etc. Come on, sing along! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. Definitely 'show me the way to go home...' - loudly and very out of tune!

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  43. I'd be singing "the blues" hehehehe!!!

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  44. I'd be singing "As the deer pants for the water, so my soul thirsts for Thee" and I guess I would know about panting for water!

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  45. Maybe 'One man went to mow' - it might last until the sun came back up!!

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  46. Easy. It would be our theme song, Copacabana. I'd totally be wishing for a swimming pool and an umbrella drink if I was stuck in the desert! I had not yet seen a pic of "Gamer', that's brilliant!!! I'd love a copy of this book to make something for my brothers. Now that I've got a quilt for our bed, I need to branch out and make some for family. Thanks Lynne!

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  47. What popped into my head was, "Horse With No Name", by America. It is from the '70's, I think. Fun idea!

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  48. How about "Happy Trails" love these guy quilts!

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  49. Fun question! White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, because I'd obviously have to be tripping to be out in the desert at night ;)

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  50. first song I thought of was "Friends in Low Places" not sure why! Maybe 99 bottles :-)

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  51. Lol, err, the first thing that sprang to mind was the Indianna Jones theme tune. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. I would walk 500 miles....by the Proclaimers. :) Thanks!

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  53. I'm not sure what I would sing. Something loud for sure, but only if no one was around to hear me...Maybe "someone that I used to know" by Gotye.

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  54. Beans, beans, the musical fruit! :> I can only remember the first line of songs, anyway. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  55. Definitely the whole score from Paint Your Wagon!!
    I was bor-orn under a wand'rin' star...

    Or even better the Priscilla Queen of the Desert soundtrack - especially the La Traviata bit - I'd sound great!

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  56. The first thing that popped into my head was Horse With No Name, but now that I've had a little time to think, maybe Fever.

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  57. LOL! I love that Switchback is your favorite because it reminds you of The 3 Amigos. Now I've got to figure out why I don't own that movie. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. I'd probably go with Horse with No Name too... I figure I sing it in the car when I'm driving through a desert, so I'll probably sing it out of the car!

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  59. Here comes the sun, by the Beatles. The dessert can be pretty cold at night.

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  60. OMG, nope I wouldn't sing, wouldn't wantta scare any dessert creatures, LOL

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  61. I'd probably be belting out a great variety of songs, from whatever was stuck in my head from the radio to old James Taylor to folk songs with lots and lots of verses. :)
    Either that or listening with awe to the awesome silence of the desert at night!

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  62. Ghost Riders in the Sky! A rockin' cowboy song for sure!

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  63. The Cowboy's Lament. Here's the first verse:

    O bury me not on the lone prairie.
    These words came low and mournfully
    From the pallid lips of the youth who lay
    On his dying bed at the close of day.

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  64. I know this is weird, but it would be "Happy Together" by the Turtles. It goes through my mind often (maybe because it is a song I actually know the words to) and once it gets started, I can't make it stop. I truly need psychological help.

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  65. Love the Switchback quilt! I'd sing

    Home, home on the range
    Where the deer and the antelope play
    Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
    And the skies are not cloudy all day

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  66. It would have to be 'I was born under a wandering star', complete with cowboy swagger and 10 gallon hat :)

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  67. oh I had a song in my head until I saw your link to "Blue Shadows" and now that is stuck....

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  68. Why, home on the range of course! Anywhere is home if you have your quilting!

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  69. How about:
    "I've been through the desert on a horse with no name...".
    Hmm, maybe it should be renamed into
    "I've been though the desert on a quilt with no name..."
    Thanks for a chance - these guy quilts rock!

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  70. I would have to sing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' because it's the only song to which I can remember all of the words! Thanks for the chance of winning Emily's book.

    Lee Ann
    mheldmyer(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  71. The first song that popped into my head is "My Lord is Near Me All the Time". Thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. Maybe ... "oh bring us some figgy pudding" ... oh no wait you said desert not dessert ! In that case then it has to be The Desert Song from the Desert Song by Hammerstein and someone?? ... " My desert is waiting ....... "

    My desert is waiting;
    Dear, come there with me.
    I'm longing to teach you
    Love's sweet melody.

    I'll sing a dream-song to you,
    Painting a picture for two:

    Blue heaven and you and I,
    And sand kissing a moonlit sky.
    A desert breeze whisp'ring a lullaby,
    Only stars above you
    To see I love you.

    Oh, give me that night divine
    And let my arms in yours entwine.
    The desert song calling,
    Its voice enthralling
    Will make you mine.

    Listen ... I REALLY need that book .... and I promise I won't sing it if I win.

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  73. Buffalo Gals. Buffalo - desert. Nevermind that it's a different Buffalo. :-)

    LOVING that Gamer quilt. So perfect for my hubby to drape across his lap/leave under his computer desk.

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  74. I know that I would sing something I cannot stand and it would drive me nuts. I do that all the time... :D Thanks for the peek! :)

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  75. I know it's been said, but I've listened to the song many times and knowing me, if I were stuck in the desert, I'd be singing Horse with No Name. There would be other songs, but that would probably come to me first. Then you might catch me singing Dust in the Wind by Kansas. Deserts are dry and dusty I imagine.

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  76. Horse with no name - Dan Folgelberg. But then, I'd sing lots of other songs, too. Desperado - the Eagles for one. Thanks for the chance - this book is right up my alley.

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  77. Oh I don't know what it is called but it goes like this...oh bury me not on the lone prairie, where the coyotes howl and the wind blows free...

    It is amazing to me that I know those words! Scary!

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  78. The song that comes to mind is Home on the Range. But I'd get sick of it really fast... Thanks for a chance to win this awesome book! :)

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  79. I'd sing "Drifting Along with the Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (by Sons of the Pioneers).

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  80. Oh. Dear. I would sing "Oklahoma" as loud as I could because I could. Then I would giggle to myself might take my anxiety about the situation away for a bit.

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  81. Something from Calamity Jane, probably "Take me back to the black hills". I am a sucker for the crystal clear voice of Doris Day and often find myself singing this, much to the chagrin of my work colleagues.

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  82. I'd start with "Desert Rose" but probably end up making up my own song about a coyote.

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  83. If stuck in the desert ovenight, I'd sing a song that I learned in elementary school and enjoyed singing to my boys when they were little. It goes something like this:

    "I laugh when I think of small armadillo.
    Nobody would care to use him for a pillow.
    He wears a thick shell from his tail to his shoulders,
    just like armor plate on a tank full of soldiers.
    He sleeps in the day and goes prowling at nightfall.
    When frightened, he curls on the ground like a football.
    It's difficult then for a dog to attack him.
    Quite safe in his shell, it is hard to get at him."

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  84. What a great book. I love all the quilts . I've never thought of what song I'd sing if stuck in the desert. Maybe Row, Row, Row your boat. hehe.

    Thank you and Emily for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. Have to admit I have not really thought about what I would sing if stuck in the desert- probably anything and everything I could remember to scare away any wildlife or I guess I should say "critters"! (I'm not the bravest camper I know...)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  86. I would have to sing Home on the Range over and over and over agian. thanks for the chance to win :)

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  87. I don't remember the name of the song, but the chorus is "seashells in the window, candles, and a magic stone"

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  88. Don Edwards has a cd of cowboy/on-the-trail songs. Some are jaunty, some very tender. I'd probably sing a medley of those, under the big, starry sky.

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  89. Would have to start with Horse with no name as it is the first one that sprang to mind, then maybe as many songs as I could think of connected with water to keep me going!

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  90. as soon as I read "what would you sing", I started singing! (in my head, luckily!). America's "I've been through the desert on a horse with no name". Love that song. Then thought of Kenny Rogers: "the gambler". No idea why. Then pokerface for something different!! maybe I should go and sew!!!

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  91. Sweet Baby James! James Taylor. This book has caught my eye in bogland, especially when I see the circley one.

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  92. Not sure how I know this song at all, but it popped into my head as soon as I read you wanted a song for the desert! The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane (I've not seen the film!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_xmujSyxkU&feature=related

    Whip crack away, whip crack away, whip crack away!

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  93. "knitting sweaters for penguins" by Cathy Miller. http://www.amazon.com/Sweaters-for-Penguins/dp/B001OSITXM

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  94. Geez, I'd probably sing Old Macdonald had a farm=- my go to song for cholicy babies or bored kids in the car

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  95. ah, the Three Amigos, haven't watched that in a while, love it!
    I'd probably end up singing "Happy Trails" or "Horse with no name" cuz those would be the songs going through my head in the desert. :) Then again, if my kids were with, it'd be "Baby Beluga" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider"...or as my 2.5 yr old son calls it, the "Itchy Gitchy Pyder."

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  96. Home, Home on the Range. Then I would giggle like crazy because we used to do this when we were kids.

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  97. Home on the Range if I wanted to be there...SOS if I didn't!

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  98. How about "Down in the Valley"! It has a lonely sort of mellowness to it-- perfect for singing by the campfire at night! :-) Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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  99. She'll be comin' round the mountain. (which will now be stuck in my head the rest of the day, no doubt.)

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  100. I think I would want to sing "Happy Trails" or maybe "Goodnight Irene". My campfire singing experience is slightly limited. : )

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  101. it would have to be Ghost Riders in the Sky

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  102. A horse with no name! But maybe just the chorus, the la, la, la bit so I could conserve energy for reading this book!

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  103. Home on the Range! I'm not much of a singer so it won't be very good. Thanks!

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  104. There's always one song I sing when I'm scared as it calms me down and it's "Belle", it's a french song from the musical Notre Dame de Paris and I love it.

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  105. I'd be singing a Bible school song - This Little Light of Mine - to keep up my courage.

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  106. I think I would be too scared to sing as my teeth would be chattering with fear (there are bound to be some BIG bugs somewhere - yeuch), but if I wasn't in such a state (and had a better singing voice) I'd be singing "Hotel California".

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  107. It'd be a Hoagy Carmichael medley, with a bit of Otis Redding and Patsy Cline tossed in. I'd probably be singing all night, on the lookout for the spider and snakes! lol Shake your boots before you put 'em on in the morning!

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  108. Sigh, you can't always choose what song is going to be stuck in your head, can you? With my luck I would be stuck in the desert and have a terrible and annoying song firmly stuck in my head. What comes to mind right off the top? I'm Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO. Everyone who has kids knows my pain. Ugh.

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  109. I would be singing Hotel California by the Eagles by the campfire.

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  110. looks like just the book I need - my niece's partner asked me to make him a quilt just the other day and my dad was complaining today that I'm always making things for my mum !! anyway, as soon as you mentioned a song for the desert "stuck in the middle with you" came to mind straight away - and I'll probably be singing it all night now ! but after thinking about it I'd probably be a bit dry being stuck in the desert so the classic aussie song pub with no beer would probably feature highly as well !! thanks for the giveaway :)

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  111. My favourite was 'switchback' too, but I'm not sure I'd have the patience to sew all those pieces... Love the color flow in it! As for singing, well, the first song that came to mind when you said desert was 'Tea in the Sahara', which is now running through my head, so, that, I guess, no? :-)

    Hazle
    suntred02 at aol.com

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  112. Well it would either be Horse with no Name or Caledonia.

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  113. Well it would either be Horse with no Name or Caledonia.

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  114. I'd be singing the "Rawhide" theme.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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