#01059
The Log Drivers Waltz (Wade Hemsworth) MIDI, videos
#705: YouTube video by gdgest
©2011 Video courtesy of NFB Canada
Making their films accessible to all Canadians

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If you 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 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 as 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.

For he goes birling down a-down 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.

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

For he goes birling down a-down 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.

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

For he goes birling down a-down 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.

Birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

####.... (Albert) Wade Hemsworth [1916-2002] ....####
Recorded by Wade Hemsworth (The Songs Of Wade Hemsworth, trk#6, 1995, CD produced by Penny Rose and edited by Simon Pressey for Good Noise).

See more songs by Wade Hemsworth.

See more lumber camp songs from NL.

The video above features a recording by Kate and Anna McGarrigle for the 1979 lighthearted, animated short film by John Weldon, one of the most often-requested films in the National Film Board of Canada collection.

From Princeton University's WordNet:
Birling - causing a floating log to rotate by treading; logrolling - rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport).

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, ON, Fredericton, NB, and Sydney, NS.


#1607: YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~



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