Monday, August 27, 2007

extremely Canadian

Here's an explanation; here are the lyrics:

The Log Drivers' Waltz
If you should ask any girl from the parish around
What pleases her most from her head to her toes
She'll say, "I'm not sure that it's business of yours
But I do like to waltz with a log driver".

For he goes birling down a-down the white water
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly
It's birling down, a-down white water
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

When the drive's nearly over, I like to go down
To see all the lads while they work on the river
I know that come evening they'll be in the town
And we all want to waltz with a log driver.

To please both my parents I've had to give way
And dance with the doctors and merchants and lawyers
Their manners are fine but their feet are of clay
For there's none with the style of a log driver.

I've had my chances with all sorts of men
But none is so fine as my lad on the river
So when the drive's over, if he asks me again
I think I will marry my log driver.


At August 28, 2007 3:15 p.m., Anonymous amanda said...


At August 28, 2007 9:12 p.m., Anonymous Bronwyn said...

I've never seen that! Its Kate and Anna McGarrigle right? That was the staple music in my house as a kid.

At August 29, 2007 4:02 p.m., Blogger banjeroo said...

It sure is the McGarrigle sisters. You can tell yer honey that they used to hang with his aunt J back in the day too. Canadian Power Folkie Royalty! Rah!

At September 05, 2007 7:26 p.m., Anonymous yo sister's husband said...

I love that vignette...Based upon that song and another "Little Black Fly" (oh that evil black fly), I went out and bought the CD of the guy who wrote that song and also wrote the waltz - wade hemsworth.


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