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Mike Rowe Singing 1953 Classic 'Be Prepared' and Talking About His Experience as a Boy Scout May Be the Best Thing You See All Day


"Be prepared to hold your liquor pretty well. Don't write naughty words on walls if you can't spell!"

Mike Rowe (TheBlaze TV)

Did you know Mike Rowe has an incredible singing voice, and he's not afraid to use it?

The former "Dirty Jobs" personality, who has been waging a ceaseless “PR campaign for hard work, skilled labor, risk [and] entrepreneurship" with his company the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, appeared in a web exclusive for TheBlaze in which he sang a little-known song from 1953 about the Boy Scouts.

"Be prepared! That's the Boy Scouts' marching song," he sang. "Be prepared! Follow it you won't go wrong. Be prepared to hold your liquor pretty well. Don't write naughty words on walls if you can't spell! Be prepared to hide that pack of cigarettes ... If you're looking for adventure of a new and different kind -- and you come across a Girl Scout who is similarly inclined -- don't be nervous don't flustered don't be scared! Be prepared..."

Here's audio of the original song by Tom Lehrer:

Rowe said he was a distinguished Eagle Scout, and while the experience taught him many valuable lessons, he got up to his fair share of mischief.

"I remember one year ... I came into the possession of a blockbuster, which is basically a big firecracker," he said. "[I] tied it to the clapper of a bell high up on a hill they used to ring for dinner. Lit a cigarette, put it on the fuse, gave me about a half-hour to get back to camp in bed. Laying there in my sleeping bag, knowing that eventually that thing was going to blow up, was one of the most delicious half-hours of my life."

"And when it blew up -- again, big noise! Big, big sound followed by a clapping of the bell about three in the morning caused quite the stir," he said with a laugh. "There was inquiries. People were called."

Watch the full web exclusive with Mike Rowe, below:

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