The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21766   Message #232940
Posted By: Mark Cohen
24-May-00 - 02:40 AM
Thread Name: Origins of Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Subject: RE: Origins of Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Max, you're absolutely right. Somebody somewhere must know something about the history of this song. My money is on Bruce O. Don't give up, though. I asked the same question about Pop Goes the Weasel and a fantastic thread resulted--one that should be in the thread hall of fame.
By the way, have you ever sung it backwards?

Dream a but is life
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Stream the down gently
Boat your row, row, row.
You do the melody backwards, too. It's a little difficult to conceptualize. Remind me at the next HearMe and I'll demonstrate. Never sung it that way as a round, though...