#00986
Land Of The Silver Birch (Pauline Johnson) MIDI, video
#687 YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

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My paddle's keen and bright, flashing with silver,
Follow the wild goose flight, dip, dip and swing;
Dip, dip and swing her back, flashing with silver,
Swift as the wild goose flies, dip, dip and swing.

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver,
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will;
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more.

Boom-diddy-ah-da, boom-diddy-ah-da,
Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom

High on a rocky ledge I'll build my wigwam,
Close by the water's edge, silent and still;
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more.

Boom-diddy-ah-da, boom-diddy-ah-da,
Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom

My heart grows sick for thee here in the lowlands
My heart cries out for thee, hills of the north;
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more.

Boom-diddy-ah-da, boom-diddy-ah-da,
Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver,
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will;
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more.

Boom-diddy-ah-da, boom-diddy-ah-da,
Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Canadian folk song set to the words of a poem by the 19th-Century Six Nations poet E Pauline Johnson (Emily Pauline Johnson, aka Tekahionwake) [1861-1913], published by Edith Fulton Fowke (Literary Editor) and Richard Johnston (Music Editor) in Folk Songs Of Canada, pp.190-191 (Waterloo Music Company, Waterloo, Ontario, 1954 ....####
Girl Guides of Canada camp song sometimes sung to keep time while canoeing, and sometimes sung at campfires in a round.

The video above features an excellent performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.



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