#02657
The Log Jam Song / White Water
(Wade Hemsworth) video
#1107: YouTube video by rrgomes
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

When I was young and in my prime,
I thought I'd go for a river driver;
And I met an old man on the shore,
He said, "Son, better watch white water."

Break and go, I tell you so,
Log jams like young men like you!

I just laughed and I laughed some more -
What was I but a bold young rouser?
And I left him on the shore,
That was before I knew white water.

Break and go, I tell you so,
Log jams like young men like you!

What was I but a bold young fool,
And it wasn't long till I learned better;
That's when young MacPherson drowned,
He was gone with a roar
when the jam turned over.

Break and go, I tell you so,
Log jams like young men like you!

So we dragged him to the shore,
Carved his name in the bark of a cedar;
Hung his boots on a hanging limb -
Mac had gone too near the water.

Break and go, I tell you so,
Log jams like young men like you!

Log jams come and log jams go -
Big or small, they all spell danger;
You gotta have an old man on the shore,
When you're trying to get
the key log out from under.

Break and go, I tell you so,
Log jams like young men like you!

Now I heed what the old man said -
I listen to the words of the big boss driver,
When he's standing on the shore,
Telling young fellows how to handle timber.

Break and go, it's now I see,
Log jams like young men like me!

####.... Wade Hemsworth ©1957 ....####
Wade Hemsworth wrote this song for the National Film Board of Canada, and performed it in the Board's 1959 production of Log Drive. Also recorded by Wade Hemsworth (The Songs Of Wade Hemsworth, trk#7, 1995, produced by Penny Rose and edited by Simon Pressey for Good Noise).

The video above features a short clip from an episode of Adrienne Clarkson Presents (CBC, November 2, 1992) of Wade Hemsworth performing this song at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1992. Accompanying him are Kate McGarrigle and Peter Weldon (banjos), Joel Zifkin (violin), Dane Lanken (vocal).


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