Non-Denominational Grace Lyrics


This page compiled by Susan Wichers

Music scores, midi files, and songbooks for each song can be found by going to the page for the individual title.

The following 48 graces are from the larger collection. They are worded so each participant can direct her thanks in a way that is meaningful to her.  In the Girl Scout program it is important to include all members of all faiths.

Several songs were adapted, and have  [adapted]  next to the title.  You can adapt any song to fit your needs, or write your own.  Many graces can be changed very easily with only one word.  A good example of this is the Gratitude Grace.

Addams Family Grace #9
Tune: Addams Family TV Theme by Vic Mizzy, ©1964

We've filled our plates and dishes,
With food that is nutritious,
And all that we wish is,
To thank you very much.

Da da da da (snap snap)
Da da da da (snap snap)
Da da da da, da da da da,
Da da da da (snap snap)

Alphabet Grace [adapted]
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

I thank you for feeding me.

Barbie Grace
words: Shawn Bird  ©2000 for free use within Guiding.
tune: Barbie Girl by Soren Rasted, Claus Norreen, Rene Dif, Johnny Mosegaard Pedersen, Karsten Dahlgaard (Aqua) ©1997

I am thankful for- a chance to eat once more
It's fantastic, please quick pass it
Thanks for health and food, friends and family too
Tasty libation that is this creation

Come on eat it, You can't beat it!
Oh oh oh yeah
Come on eat it, You can't beat it!
O-o-oo o-o-oo
Come on eat it, You can't beat it!
Oh oh oh yeah
Come on eat it, You can't beat it!
Amen, amen

Before the Night
Tune: After the Ball by Charles K. Harris, ©1892

Before this day is over,
Before the night begins,
Help me protect the planet,
Be one of it's caring friends.
I thank you for all your blessings,
May I earn the right
To live in harmony with them
Before the night.

Bénédicité de Notre Chalet (Chalet Grace)
by Francine Cockenpot, translated by V. M. Synge

You, who have worked today for our refreshment,
Come and partake; you, who have worked today
Come, share with us this bread, for friendship's sake.


Toi, qui as travail lé à notre table;
Viens t'asseoir; Toi, qui as travaillé
Viens partager le pain de l'amitié.

Bless Our Food
Tune: Make New Friends

Bless our food * we share with friends today.
Grant us peace and love along the way.

Bless This Food
Tune: Row Your Boat

Bless, bless, bless this food,
Bless all present here.
And help us now to spread the love
To people far and near.

Bless Us Everyone
Tune: Jingle Bells by James Pierpont, 1857

Bless this day, bless this food,
Bless us everyone,
Guide us as we go our way
And fill our day with fun.

Bon Appetit

Bon a- bon a- bon appetit.

Bon Appetit

How fine to be a table, with your bons amis,
All around the table once again to be!
Oui! Oui!
All around the table once again to be!
Bon appétit! Merci!

Boom Boom Ta- Ra- Ra
Tune: Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) by Lew Brown, Wladmir A. Timm, Vasek Zeman, Jaromir Vejvoda, ©1934

Give thanks for good friends,
We have a barrel of fun.
Give thanks for good food,
We won't waste one single crumb.

Boom Boom Ta-ra-ra!
Sing out a song of good cheer.
Now's the time for us to give thanks,
The food and friendship's here!

Breakfast Grace
Tune: For the Beauty of the Earth (DIX) by Conrad Kocher (1786-1872), 1838

Gracious giver of all good,
Thee we thank for rest and food,
Grant that all we do and say,
In your service be this day.

Brown Cow Grace

I thank the brown cow for the chocolate milk.
I thank the pig (oink, oink) for the bacon on the grill.
I thank the chicken for the egg and the egg for the chicken,
And the Guiders for the breakfast we're served.

Circles of Love
Tune: Old Gray Mare

The circles of Love are common in my family,
Raining down from every tree,
Filling me with energy.
We hold hands to form a world of Harmony,
Singing the circles of Love.

Cowboy's Grace
Tune: Home on the Range

Been out on the range,
All dusty and tired,
Been ridin' and ropin' all day.
Around the chuck wagon
We bow down our heads,
And sing out the cowboys' grace.
Allelujah, Amen Amen.

Dinner Grace
Tune: For the Beauty of the Earth (DIX) by Conrad Kocher (1786-1872), 1838

Tireless guardian of our way,
Thou hast kept us well today,
While we thank thee we request,
Care continued, pardon, rest.


May this our fellowship foretell, *
That men may learn in peace to dwell.

For Food and Joy

For this food * and our joy,
Giver of all we thank Thee.

For Homes and Friends
by Susan Stevens

For homes and friends and happy days, *
For all the blessings earth displays,
We give our thankfulness and praise.

For The Food We Eat  [adapted]
Tune: Kum-Bah-Yah

For the food we eat, we thank you,
For the friends we meet, kind and true.
For the fun we share, all day through,
We thank you, we thank you.

From My Heart   [adapted]
Tune: Heart and Soul by Hoagy Carmichael, 1938

From my heart
I offer thanks and praise.
From my heart
For all these happy days.
Thankful for all the gifts I hold (long pause)
Thanks from my heart and soul!

Girl Scout Morning Grace
by Jinx McGuire, © 1996

We come together, under the sky,
Stars of the night in our quiet eyes.
We come together, ready to try:
Promise and Law are the stars of our daylight:
I will try.

Girl Scout Way Grace
Tune: Auld Lang Syne

For all the bounty we receive,
Let us offer thanks and praise.
And be courageous, strong and fair,
As we live the Girl Scout way.

Grace  [adapted]
Tune: Are You Sleeping

We are thankful, we are thankful *
For our food, for our food.
And our many blessings, And our many blessings,
Thank - you, Thank - you.

Gratitude Grace by Olive Haskins   [adapted]
Tune: Doxology by Louis Bourgeois (1510-1561), 1551

O gratitude we offer all,
Who labor that we may be fed;
O, dignify our toil for them.
Bring kinship through our daily bread.

If We Have Earned The Right (Blessing) by W H Neidlinger

If we have earned the right to eat this bread,
Happy indeed are we;
But if unmerited thou givest to us,
May we more thankful be.

Mariner Grace
Tune: Dear Lord and Father by Frederick C. Maker, 1887

For all the blue of sky and sea,
For flash of seagulls' wing,
For wind and wave and spray flung free
For stars that will our guide e'er be,
Our thanks to thee we sing.

MMM Grace
Tune: Linger
Words: by Cadette Troop 188, Gilr Scouts of Citrus Council (Lindsey, Sarah, Rachel &
Cami), 2002

MMM - I am so thankful
MMM - that weíre together
MMM - to share this food with each of you.

Namaste   [adapted]
Tune: More We Get Together

Namaste means thank you,
Means thank you, means thank you.
Namaste means thank you,
Namaste, thank you.

For good food and good friends,
And feelings that don't end.
Namaste means thank you
Namaste, thank you.


Neath These Tall Green Trees

'Neath these tall green trees we stand,
Asking blessings from Thy hand.
Thanks we give to Thee above,
For our health and strength and love.

Orchard and Ocean   [adapted]
Tune: Tell Me Why

Orchard and ocean, farm and field
We thank our maker for all they yield.
For earth and water, for flower and seed
We are thankful in thought, word and deed.

Please Bless This Food  [adapted]
Tune: Hark to the Chimes

Please bless this food,
Before we eat,
Bless Thou the bread,
And bless the meat.   Amen.

Promise and Law Grace
Tune: Goin' To Leave Old Texas Now; words adapted by Susan Wichers

I'm goin' to share     [I'm goin' to share]
This meal with friends     [This meal with friends]
Letís give our thanks,     [Letís give our thanks,]
Before this day ends.     [Before this day ends.]

The Promise and Law     [The Promise and Law]
Show me the way     [Show me the way]
To ëbe preparedí    [To ëbe prepared]
For each and every day.     [For each and every day.]

Shawn's Grace
words: Shawn Bird ©2000 for free use within Guiding.
Tune: Fire's Burning

We're thankful, we're thankful
For friendships, for friendships
And for good food, and for good food
And hands that prepared it.

Someone  [adapted]
Tune: There Is a Tavern in the Town

There is someone who thinks of me (thinks of me)
And makes me happy as can be (as can be)
A-a-and give me bread, a place to rest my head,
The joy of friends and family!
(spoken) Thank you!

Thank You   [adapted]
Tune: Doxology by Louis Bourgeois (1510-1561), 1551

We give thanks for each new day,
For flowers strewn along the way,
For blessings spread before us now
With grateful hearts our heads we bow.

Thank You   [adapted]
Tune: Tzena by Ossachav Miron, Julius Groissman, Yehiel Haggiw
words: Noelene Purdue

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,
For the food upon our table
Here at camp today.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,
For our friends around our table
Here at camp today.
Thank you, thank you, for the fun we're having
And for the things that we are learning
We have so much joy to share around us
Here at our camp today.

Thank You For Giving Me The Morning

Thank you for giving me the morning,
Thank you for everything that's new,
Thank you for giving me new friends,
And Brownie work to do.

Thank You for the World So Sweet    [adapted]

Thank you for the world so sweet;
Thank you for the food we eat;
Thank you for the birds that sing;
We thank you, for ev'rything.

Thank You for This Lovely Day
by W. R. Ledoux

Thank you for this lovely day,
Guide us in the rightful way,
Bless our fam'lies and our friends,
Bless this food Thy kind hand sends.

Thank You Lord   [adapted]
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for new friends we meet.
Thank you for our Scouting days
As we learn in fun-filled ways.
May we always try to do
As we promised, duty true.


The eagle give thanks for the mountains
The fish give thanks for the sea
We give thanks for our blessings
And for what we're about to receive

(arms like wings, then become mountain peaks)
(hands together like swimming fish, then wave motion)
(arms raised in front like receiving something being passed down from a height)
(arms lowering, hands like they are holding something)

Thanks for Grace
Tune: Taps by Rukard Hurd

Thanks for grace,
Thanks for this place.
Apart in body,
Together in Spirit.
As we go this we know
Friends are near.

Time To Eat
Tune: Ain't she Sweet by Jack Yellen & Milton Ager

Time to eat, thankful Girl Scouts in each seat!
We thank You for your generosity- Time to eat!

Traveler's Grace
by Evelyn Stobie

We thank Thee for all our daily bread, *
We thank Thee for all our friends so true,
For fields and flowers and mountains high.
The endless space of the sky so blue.

We thank Thee for all our winding roads,
We thank Thee for all the stars so bright,
For desert sands and forests green.
The campfire glow in the lovely night.

The Volunteer's Grace
by Shelagh Walsh, 2001

Sing praise for all the gifts of love we share
As we work together for good.
To the One who gives so that we may live,
We gave thanks for our daily food.

(And) now itís time to take our well earned break
And sit down together to eat.
And to those who serve all of us who serve
We give thanks as we take our seats.

We Gather
Tune: My Bonnie by H. J. Fuller,1881

We gather to ask for your blessing,
We gather to thank you in prayer.
Please bless all this food we are sharing
And keep us in your tender care.

We Are Thankful   [adapted]
Tune: Hernando's Hideaway by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross, ©1954

We are thankful for thy care
And for thy bounty everywhere,
For this and every other gift,
Our grateful hearts to thee we lift.