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Thread #21766   Message #233442
Posted By: sophocleese
24-May-00 - 09:02 PM
Thread Name: Origins of Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Subject: RE: Origins of Row, Row, Row Your Boat
There's also "Plumber is icumen in, bloody big to do...."

Without wanting to be too much of a killjoy I think "Row, row, row your chocolate covered manhole cover" lacks the snap and zing of "Row row row your boat". Just my personal opinion of course for what its worth. I think Roger the skiffler was closest to the origins of the song when he mentioned the greeks floating their soldiers on inflated goatskins. They had learned the song of course from Charon who sang "Row row row your ghost gently down the stream, drearily, drearily, drearily, dreaily life was but a dream."