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March Tune Captures Spirit of the Movement
The World Song, which highlights the principles and spirit of the Girl Scout and Girl Guide Movement, was adopted in 1950 at the 13th World Conference in Oxford, England. The music, originally composed as the march for one of Finland's oldest Scout companies, was adapted with the approval of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, from his March, Opus 91b. The World Song was first published with English words in 1952, by Gavin Ewart.
The World Song
Our way is clear as we march on
And see! Our flag on high
Is never furled throughout the world
For hope shall never die!
We must unite for what is right
In friendship true and strong
Until the earth
In its rebirth
Shall sing our song! Shall sing our song!
"The World Song," from Melinda Caroll Presents Girl Scouts Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, The Wind Beneath Our Wings, Legend Productions, 1998, used with permission of Melinda Caroll.