Masonic Lodge Songs

Songs of Freemasonry’s Festive Board

Most lodges in Victoria, including Devotion, have a “visitor’s song”.

Themes are generally Masonic, but some are occasionally simply amusing ditties like that sung at Vietnam Veterans Memorial No 912 UGLV.

They are generally sung to the tune of existent and (previously) well known songs.

Drinking “to the bonds of masonry/friendship” is a common theme as are the celebration of fraternity and the values of Freemasonry.

These songs are used in our “Souths” (Festive Boards) and generally sung after the toast to the visitors, and before the visitors respond. The Lodge will be upstanding while visitors are seated, often lodges will move around the room and clink glasses or shake hands with as many visitors as they can while the song is being sung.

American readers might be surprised to see references to the Queen in some of these songs. This of course is the Queen of England who is our head of state – Australia. Likewise, most of our lodges are not dry - they serve alcohol.

We would be interesting in any lodges visitors songs.

You can submit your lodge song here.

Here are the words to some Visitors Songs;

Lodge Devotion 723 UGLV

A Toast to each and ev-ry one

Drink to the bonds of friend-ship

Stand and give our clas-ses a clink

To all our friends who we hold dear

That’s the way De-vo-tion say

Do come a-gain and see us

There a wel-come on our door-mat

To each and ev-ry one of you …

Australia Felix No. 1 (UGLV)

Here in the South now chant we all this melody,

Radiant with hope for days happy and free.

Strong in our will to cherish love and liberty,

Cares are forgotten and all men agree.

(Chorus)

Sing it together. Nothing can sever,

Bonds born of friendship and true harmony,

And our guests now we greet in the fellowship of Masonry,

And wish them God speed the days yet to be.

(Repeat Chorus)

SEAVIC Lodge No. 8 (UGLV)

(To the tune of “My Bonnie is over the Ocean”)

At SEAVIC we lit up our glasses

We welcome you here “One and All”

Our hand is extended to greet you,

Fellowship and love say it all. IT ALL!

Fellowship and love says it all

(Chorus)

SEAVIC, SEAVIC,

We drink to your health, in good cheer. Good Cheer!

SEAVIC, SEAVIC,

We drink to your health, in good cheer. Good Cheer!

Our brethren from over the ocean,

Visitors from near , far and wide,

We hope you enjoyed being with us,.

And invite you to join us again. AGAIN!

And invite you to join us again.

(Chorus)

SEAVIC, SEAVIC,

We drink to your health, in good cheer. Good Cheer!

SEAVIC, SEAVIC,

We drink to your health, in good cheer. Good Cheer!

Mt Franklin - St George No. 12 (UGLV)

Mt Franklin - St GeorgeWhere friendship's our aimIn our No. 12 LodgeThat will always remain.We look forward with hopeWith respect for the pastBur remain always loyalTo GOD and the CraftWhere the green hiss of DaylesfordReach up for the sky And our famous spa watersForever flow byLet us mingle as brothersLet us all heed the call

Mt. Franklin - St George

Worthy Freemasons all !

Duke of Sussex No 48 UGLV

Tune: "Sussex by the Sea"

Oh we're the Duke of Sussex, Sussex Forty-Eight

We greet you all both short and tall, with visitors we' re great

And when you come to Sussex, whatever rank yo rate,

A welcome you'll get you will never forget, at Susseex Forty-Eight!

(Chorus)

Oh Sussex, Sussex Forty-Eight, Dear old Sussex Forty-Eight,

A welcome you'll get you will never forget,

At Sussex Forty-Eight!

Victorian Naval and Military Lodge 49 UGLV

Welcome to the 'N&M' we welcome youOur hands outstretched to youWith song and jst we'll entertain youBrethren of the 'N&M" sing this glad refrainHope our welcome here will make youWant to come and see us once again. AHOY!

Walhalla Lodge 69 UGLVWelcome to Walhalla

A welcome to you all

Walhalla We're very pleased to meet you

And glad that you could call

And now as we raise our glasses high

We hope to see you bye and bye

A welcome to Walhalla

Walhalla 69

FOOTSCRAY ST JOHN'S LODGE NO 71 UGLV

We love to see visitors coming along,

To see us at Seventy One,

When you come here,

To visit a friend,

Our greeting is second to none.

We're happy to see you,

We don’t like to leave you,

Please brother don't head for the door,

Well now that you’ve joined us.

Please join in the chorus,

And come back and see us some more,

Bless them all,

Bless them all,

With a handshake we greet one and all,

We lift up our glasses and.

Drink with our master,

A toast to our guests,

Bless them all

SEYMOUR FREEMASONS LODGE 87 UGLV

Sung to the tune of the Aeroplane Jelly jingle. A very popular Australian commercial song released in 1935 still remains popular today

There's always a welcome at Seymour

As soon as you step in the door

From the country, the city

The Mountains and plains

In Seymour you're welcome

Again and again

Have a plate, and a glass, and a laugh

and a song

You can give us a speech

Though it need not be long

There's always a welcome at Seymour

Come back and see more of Seymour

Cosmopolitan Lodge No 96, UGLV

Sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne

Here's a toast to Brethren all

Right glad of it are we

To drink a toast to all who come

To the Lodge Down By the Sea

We're glad to have you with us here

Our joys with us to share

We'll meet you on the level

And we'll part upon the square

We'll part upon the square, it's true

And square we'll always be

So come along another night

To the Lodge Down by the Sea

Otway Mark Lodge No 146, Victoria Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

Tune “On the Road to Gundagai”

Walhalla 69 Lodge Song

We’re the Mark on the coast,Full of vim and proudly boastWe are the Otway Daylight Mark.We are pleased to have your company,The friendships made are something,To keep for ever-more.Where we meet on 4th Tuesdays Just 4 times a year,And we’re glad you came to see us,

And wish you good cheer.

So if you’re down this way,

Please come in and say G’day,

Down at the Otway Daylight Mark!!!

Commonwealth Lodge 186 UGLV

The words were composed by WBro Walter J Tuck, and at the regular meeting each month to the tune of "Just a song at Twilight, forty of fifty hearty male voices fill the South as a special welcome to visitors.

Just a song of Welcome, just a song of Cheer,

Just to say we're happy, glad you all are here.

You'll find a latch-key waiting, and a greeting true,

And a hearty Welcome, from the Commonwealth,

To every one of you

Middle Park Lodge Lodge 206 UGLV

(Sung to the tunes of "Lily Marlene")

We would like to welcome you to Middle Park

And we make our welcome extended from our heart

We hope you enjoy our company

And come again, there'll always be

A warm and friendly welcome

To join our harmony

A warm and friendly welcome

To join our harmony !

Outtrum Lodge 209 UGLV

(Tune: The Wild Colonial Boy)

We welcome you to Outtrim

Our number two 0 nine

We my not be all grace and style

But promise a good time

Our food and drink is unsurpassed

The company's just fine

Oh, welcome to Old Outtrim

So Glad you spared the time.

We guarantee you'll come again

This proudly is our boast

The hospitality's just great

We're please to be your hosts

Our friendliness is known by ll

Who come from coast to coast

Oh, welcome to Old Outtrim

We're glad to drink this toast.

Old Scotch Collegians's Lodge 396 UGLV

Tune "Scotch Mixture"

Words by VWBro Michael Macneil

When you come to Scotch Collegian's LodgeWe welcome you with zest;Just out us to the test;You're a very welcome guest.We hope that when the evening ends You'll feel you've spent the time with friendsAnd soon you'll come again to 'Scotch Collegians'At Scotch collegians' Lodge we welcome you;

We are a happy crew

Who;re glad to see you too.

At Scotch Collegians' Lodge we welcome you

Come back to Scotch Collegians'

Lodge of the Golden Fleece 300 UGLV

“Jason’s Toast”

Fill your glasses up and drink

Drink to the bonds of Mason-ry

Stand and give our Masters a "CHEER"

And drink to all that he holds dear

So drink to all the happy hours

Spent at the Golden Flee-ce

Drink to all the good times spent together

Let each and everyone here drink.

To our Lodge! To our Lodge!

To our Lodge in it's glorious happiness!

To the Chair! To the Chair!

To the man that is leading and guiding us!

To the Queen! To the Queen!

To the rulers of men and their destinies!

To the Craft! To the Craft!

To the good work it's doing today!

Fill your glasses up and drink

Drink to the bonds of friend-ship

Stand and give your glasses a "CLINK

To everything that we hold dear.

So drink to all the happy hours

Shout till the rafters ring;

Drink to all the good times spent together

Let each and everyone here sing.

Old Melbournians No 317 UGLV

(Tune: Men of Harlech)

At three-one-seven we're glad to say

You've come to visit us today

Welcome, Brethren, and we pray

We'll see you again !

To feel and grasp a friendly hand

In Brotherhood is simply grand

Peace be with our happy band, and

And please come back again!

Arcadian Veritas Vistors' Song No 340 UGLV

Introduction:

Lodge Integrity No 376 UGLV

( Tune: Auld Lang Syne)

Now here's a toast to Brethren all

Right glad of it we are

To drink a toast to all who come

To Lodge Integrity

We're glad to have you with us here

Our joys with us to share

We'll meet you on the level

and we'll part part upon the square

We'll part upon the square it's true

and square we'll always be

So come again another night

To Lodge Integrity

Comacine Acanthus Lodge, No. 400

To the tune of "Lili Marlene"

Comacine Acanthus, Lodge of '82,

Welcomes you to Waverley, Old friendships to renew,

Hold out your hand to every guest, Our joy express, And let's confess,

This visit we'll remember beyond the last adieu.

Comacine Acanthus, sing with all your might,

Tribute to the craftsman, who've honoured us tonight,

400 members drink this toast, No idle boast, And as your host,

We hope that every brother will soon come back again.

King David No 460 UGLV

(Tune; a wee doch & doris)

Four sixty is the number

King David is the name

We want to make you welcome

So you'll come back again

it's nice to have you with us

And then before you go

To "Auld Lang Syne"

Just add this line

Come back to four-six-O

Bendigo Reunion No 477 UGLV

( Tune: Waltzing Matilda)

There is a lodge meeting on a certain Saturday

Visitors are always welcome as can be

From Grand Lodge through to Entered Apprentices

Bendigo Reunion is where you should be

Bendigo Reunion, Bendigo Reunion

This is a lodge to be proud of you will agree

For we greet you as friends

and brothers in Freemasonry

here in our lodge where friendship is free.

Lodge of Good Companions # 647 Lodge Song UGLV

Good Companions song is a rewrite of a song written in WW1 and popularized after, becoming one of several very widely known songs of WW2. Its title is "Bless 'Em All", (also known as "The Long And The Short And The Tall"), has an earlier more “bawdy” version of "Bless 'Em All", but I will let you Google that one...

(To the tune of Bless 'em all)

Bless 'em all, Bless 'em all,

The long and the short and the tll

Bless all the Masters and Past Masters too,

Bless all the Brethren - we're glad to see you,

For we're saying, "Good luck to you all",

And thank you so much for the call,

You get the notion, We'll show our devotions.

So please come again,

BLESS 'EM ALL

Hearts of Oak No 681 UGLV

To our friends and guests assembled

Hearts of Oak bids you good cheer

True fair winds and pleasant sailing

As your homeward course you steer.

May your welcome here this evening

Be to you a guiding star,

Guide you safely into harbour,

Where your friends and loved ones are

Lodge of Concentration No 753 Visitors Song

Viva La Compagnie

As we meet each other on the level and part on the square

Viva La Compagnie

Viva La, Viva La, Viva L'am our;

Viva La, Viva La, Viva L'am our

Viva La Reine, Viva La Roi, Viva La Compagnie

Wesley Collegians No 358 UGLV

I've always been, since quite a lad,Cheery and gay when things were bad - That is a way I've always 'ad - I look on the bright side! Chorus:I've gotter motter - Always happy and bright!Look around and you will findEvery cloud is silver lined;The sun will shineAlthough the sky's grey.I've often said to meself, I've said,"Cheer up, Boys, you'll soon be dead!It's a short life but a gay one!"The Arcadian Veritas Lodge Song is from the 1909 musical "The Arcadians" by Monckton, Talbot and Wimperis. The Arcadians has long been considered the finest Edwardian musical comedy and certainly is a fitting source for a lodge song that is a little different from the rest. This version was put together by Bro Dennis M, organist for both Lodge Devotion and Arcadian Veritas. Interestingly the last two lines of the song were often quoted in WW1 Trenches

Let Wesley Collegians now honour each guest

Viva La Compagnie

As brothers and masons we greet you with zest

Viva La Compagnie

Viva La, Viva La, Viva L'am our;

Viva La, Viva La, Viva L'am our

Viva La Reine, Viva La Roi, Viva La Compagnie

Our unity, freedom and love may we share

Let Every Brother now join in a song.Welcome to Concentration.A hand to each brotherWe're glad you're alongWELCOME TO 753Hearty good wishes so true and sincere.Hearty good wishes to all of you here.Hearty good wishes and plenty of cheersWELCOME TO CONCENTRATIONHOY !

Lodge of Honour No 799

At 799 well we've gathered for a show

We like to welcome visitors

We hate to see them go.

We like to say G'day to you, extend a beaming smile

Accept our thanks for coming in

Please stick around a while....

Here's to our visitors, cheers, cheers, cheers

Our thanks to you for coming

We're glad to have you here

And we we look around the room

And see our friends about

We're might glad you came tonight

It's Lodge of Honour's shout !

Lodge of Commerce 837 SONG

Our Lodge is known as Commerce

Born in sixty four

Eight three seven our number,

Of Jaycee strain of yore.

A different ilk you’ll find us

True and loyal too

We boast of men accomplished

Brothers through and through

Tradition forms behind us

But onward is our path

So go ye men of Commerce

Onward is our Path

The tie that binds is foremost

Guests will know our toast

We beg to share our laughter

Wine and food the most

So come our brothers gather

And make our South the BEST

Parting take the hand shake

Put the odds to rest

If you would be a member

Join us on our way

So go ye men of Commerce

Onward is the way

We pledge our loyalty always

Grandmaster Craft and God

And dream a better world to be

Masonic paths are trod

The tenets with us safely

The art is in our hands

As we sing this grand refrain

As one unbroken band

Swan Hill Lodge 919 UGLV

(Tune: it's a long way to Tipperary)

We members of Swan Hill greet our visitors with song,

You have traveled far to see us and join our happy throng,

We raise our glasses to you our friendship is sincere,

Now we drink this toast to Brother Masons your so welcome here.

Lodge Amicus No 928 UGLV

(Tune: Men of Harlech)

Amicus a welcome gives you

Joined in Masonry we seek to

Foster friendships and good cheer to

Benefit the Craft.

Hoping that our time together

Proves to be a mutual pleasure

Friends are made and last forever

Here at Amicus

With our hand we greet you

With our heart we meet you

On the square, remaining there

Until the Tyler says the time has come

To part in peace and harmony

Resolving that the time will be

Not long before again with thee

We meet at Amicus

Lodge of Evolution 931 UGLV

(Tune; Battle Hymn of the Republic)

The Lodge of Evolution says it’s great to have you here,

We welcome every Brother with a gesture of good cheer,

In harmony we greet you and your friendship we hold dear,

At our Lodge 9-3-1

Here’s a toast to you my Brother,

As we share with one another,

Love and Harmony forever

At our Lodge 9-3-1