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Thread #21766   Message #1876959
Posted By: Jim Dixon
05-Nov-06 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins of Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Subject: RE: Origins of Row, Row, Row Your Boat
The Library of Congress American Memory Collection has this, dated 1852, a bit older than the version posted by Joe Offer. I put the differences in boldface.

Row, Row Your Boat
OR THE
OLD LOG HUT
AS SUNG BY
MASTER ADAMS
OF
KUNKELS NIGHTINGALE OPERA TROUPE
Music by
R. SINCLAIR.
Composer of BEN BOLT etc.


Down by the river our log hut stands,
Where father and mother once dwelt,
And the old door latch that was worn by our hands,
And the church where in prayer we knelt.
Years, years have passed since that happy time,
And the river is rolling along,
And the rippling sound on the mossy bank
Is singing the same old song:

CHORUS: Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
All that's past is gone, you know; the future's but a dream.
Row, row, row, your boat, gently down the stream.
All that's past is gone, you know; the future's but a dream.

There stands the tree we used to climb,
And the mill with its rolling din;
And the old wharf boat, there it used to float,
Where the school boys used to swim.
High grass grows on the master's grave
And the river keeps rolling along;
And the birds and the bees, the blossoms, the trees,
Are singing the same old song: CHORUS