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Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)

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THE BAD GIRL'S LAMENT
THE BLACKFLY SONG
THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION
THE I'M ALONE
THE LAND OF THE MUSKEG (and the shining birch tree)
THE LOG DRIVER'S WALTZ
THE WILD GOOSE (2)
WHITE WATER


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: GUEST,Starship
Date: 16 May 20 - 10:02 PM

Wade is also remembered for his black fly song. Here's another NFB presentation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f389hIxZAOc


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 May 20 - 06:48 PM

Starship sent me a link to an article in the Toronto Guardian about this wonderful song:

The History of The Log Driver’s Waltz
December 8, 2016, by Joel Levy

The Log Driver’s Waltz, as most people know it, was one of the Canada Vignettes series of short films that were made by the National Film Board of Canada and aired on CBC and other Canadian broadcasting companies as interstitial programming.

Wade Hemsworth - Log Driver's Waltz

The song itself was written by Canadian folksinger and songwriter Wade Hemsworth who was born 100 years ago in October of 1916. Hemsworth was born in Brantford, Ontario, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War 2 and also worked as a surveyor in the wilderness of Northern Ontario, Quebec and Labrador. In 1952, he moved to Montreal where he worked at the Canadian National Railway until he retired in 1977. In 1956, a few years after moving to Montreal, he released Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods, with many of his personal experiences becoming the subject matter. In the 60s he would go on to meet the Mountain City Four which included sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Hemsworth passed away in 2002 at the age of 85. Although he only wrote about 20 songs in his music career, several will go down in history as iconic Canadian ballads, including The Log Driver’s Waltz.

The Mountain City Four were also a Canadian Folk group and consisted of the two McGarrigle sisters as well as Jack Nissenson and Peter Weldon. They sometimes actually performed with Wade Hemsworth and continued to sing several of his songs on their own afterwards, one of these being The Log Driver’s Waltz. The Mountain City Four were active from 1963 – 1967 until the sisters went off on their own. From 1975 until 2008, the McGarrigle sisters created 10 studio albums. They were still performing live shows until Kate’s passing in 2010.

In 1977, CBC’s children’s programming contacted the National Film Board of Canada and asked them to produce several short films to use in between programming. The NFB was allocated $2 million, as part of a $13 million federal investment into cultural agencies promoting national unity, which they partly used to make the films. Eighty filmmakers from across Canada worked on the project which took three-years. The Most famous of these films, to date, is The Log Driver’s Waltz. The film was directed and animated by John Weldon and released in 1979 with the recording of the song by Kate and Anna McGarrigle and The Mountain City Four as the soundtrack to the animation. The animation depicted the life of a Log Driver as seen by Wade Hemsworth, who often likened the log driver’s motions to dancing.

THE LOG DRIVER'S WALTZ
(Wade Hemsworth)

If you ask any girl from the parish around
What pleases her most from her head to her toes
She’ll say I’m not sure that it’s business of yours
But I do like to waltz with the log driver

For he goes birling down and down white water
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly
Yes, birling down and down white water
The log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely

When the drive’s nearly over I like to go down
And watch all the lads as they work on the river
I know that come evening they’ll be in the town
And we all like to waltz with the log driver

For he goes birling down and down white water
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly
Yes, birling down and down white water
The log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely

To please both my parents, I’ve had to give way
And dance with the doctors and merchants and lawyers
Their manners are fine, but their feet are of clay
And there’s none with the style of my log driver

For he goes birling down and down white water
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly
Yes, birling down and down white water
The log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely

Now I’ve had my chances with all sorts of men
But none as so fine as my lad on the river
So when the drive’s over, if he asks me again
I think I will marry my log driver

For he goes birling down and down white water
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly
Yes, birling down and down white water
The log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely
Birling down and down white water
The log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: jody
Date: 27 Oct 18 - 04:05 PM

I've recorded the "Log Driver's Waltz" on my album, "Sing To Me, Concertina Boy" where I sing it with solo concertina. https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jodykruskal4

This great song is on the set list for my 2018 England tour that starts tomorrow, http://jodykruskal.com/schedule.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: SuperDave
Date: 27 Oct 18 - 10:44 AM

The latest link to the NFB film with the McGarrigles' soundtrack. The animated part (and the lyrics) starts about 1 minute into the film.

https://www.nfb.ca/film/log_drivers_waltz/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: Sailargh
Date: 08 Nov 16 - 11:58 PM

Hullo Charlie,

Though written much earlier, 1957-1960, it's copyright is 1990 CAPAC. That's as per the entry in his book, published 1990 as well.

It's possible some rights to it were held by the NFB prior to then however I can't say for sure.

Cheers, John
--
J.D. Erskine
Victoria, BC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Sep 14 - 10:32 AM

Has anyone tracked down the copyright date for Wade Hemsworth's song? I suspect it was composed in the 1960s but I like to be accurate.

Charlie Ipcar


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: open mike
Date: 07 May 10 - 12:20 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upsZZ2s3xv8

the other video was deleted


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 07 May 10 - 11:50 AM

Thank You, John, and everybody else here in yet another 11 year old thread.

I have a nice version from Blackthorn that I got from eMusic.

This song and the accompanying video has always been a favorite of mine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemswort
From: john f weldon
Date: 05 May 10 - 12:01 PM

Thanks, I see most questions were answered before I even noticed! Anyway, here's a couple of links of relevance....

http://www.weldonalley.ca/pensees/video_main.html

http://www.mcgarrigles.com/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: MMario
Date: 05 May 10 - 11:57 AM

1 million trees over 10 years; if say, he planted trees 125 daYS out of the year (roughly 6 months of 5 day weeks) would be about 800 trees a day, or about 100 an hour working 8 hour days.

Hearkening back to when we did a wee bit of re-forestation on our own property - this is very doable.


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Subject: Tree Planter's Waltz - Log Driver's Waltz parody
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 05 May 10 - 11:49 AM

The Tree Planter's Waltz, a re-working for another distinctively Canadian field of employment. (Unfortunately, hip-hopped out of 3/4 time, but the sentiment is there...)

Here's the train of thought that got me to that video this morning: Olivia Judson, who writes on biology for the New York Times, had an article this morning about The Rap Guide to Evolution," by Baba Brinkman. It giving some background on him, she said he claims to have personally planted 1 million trees. Several of the commenters on the essay said they found the claim outrageous.

I went to his web site, www.babasword.com, and realized he was from British Columbia and had worked as a tree planter (replanting after clearcut logging) for 10 years... suddenly it seemed plausible. I googled and found www.tree-planter.com, which has more on the profession. Then I went back to Baba's site and on his "Travel Journals" page, #10 under 2009, the name "The Tree Planter's Waltz" caught my eye. He's got the video and some background there and pointed to the YouTube copy.

Also, there's a link to brinkmanforest.ca -- turns out tree planting is a family business (his parents are shown in action in the beginning of the video).

And one of the commenters mentioned Kate and Anna McGarrigle's "NaCl (sodium chloride) song...

So, that's what happens when "inquiring minds want to know". (Some might call it an hour wasted... I say, time flies when you're having fun!)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemsworth)
From: bobad
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 08:21 AM

Just to point out to those who may not yet know it, the animated film of "The Log Driver's Waltz" was made by Mudcatter John Weldon. It, and several of John's other films can be seen HERE.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Log Driver's Waltz (Wade Hemswort
From: autoharper
Date: 30 Jun 09 - 12:03 PM

The word is "birl" or "birling." It is an old Scottish word that dates from the early 18th century. Webster's defines it as "to rotate by treading," which so perfectly describes the Log Driver's "dance."


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 08:52 PM

sapper82 - that's the same one in my earlier post. Great, isn't it?:-)


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 05:59 PM

Yep - heard Tom McConville sing it at a gig last week - magic!


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: sapper82
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 02:40 PM

Is this the song you mean?


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 01:55 PM

Our fiddler always insists "Log Drivers" is on the setlist.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 01:53 PM

That is one of my alltime favorites-- not just the song, but the song set to that video. The combination made it so memorable that even after just one viewing/hearing, I retained the tune and feel of it for several years till I saw it again. I didn't think of myself as a musician at that time-- never would have thought I'd ever let anyone hear me sing, and didn't play an instrument then either-- but the feel of that song is definitely one of the foundations for what became my life as a musician. Gosh, it's great to see/hear it again-- thanks so much for posting the link.

Is there a way to save video's? A real simple way for dummies?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: kendall
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 01:44 PM

David Jones recorded it, Caroline Paton sings it too.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 01:25 PM

NFB also had an animated vignette for "The Blackfly Song", another Wade Hemsworth composition. It looked similar but it wasn't the McGarrigles singing it.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Cluin
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 01:23 PM

Captain Tractor recorded a fairly rousing version of this song too.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Bee
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 01:21 PM

I've seen the vignette many times, as well as many other excellent NFB animated shorts. Great stuff,IMO!


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 11:55 AM

Here is an updated link to the video, posted by Abby Sale in the youtube permathread: Log Driver




Great song and video!


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Barry T
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 01:38 PM

Negatory, Willie-O! It was definitely the McGarrigles who recorded the sound track for the animated vignette. Here's the url to the National Film Board data... http://cmm.onf.ca/E/titleinfo/index.epl?id=13202.

Michael Mitchell has indeed recorded the song, but was not associated with the 1979 film production.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Willie-O
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 10:36 AM

mmm, the recording of Log Drivers Waltz in the NFB animation was not by the McGarrigles, it was a commercial quasi-folksinger named Michael Mitchell. I auditioned for his band once but did not please him completely...

The McGarrigles had a long friendship with Wade Hemsworth going back to the Montreal folk scene of the mid-sixties, and recorded many of his songs. He wasn't prolific, he wrote less than 20 during his lifetime. But they were all good and some were great.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: GUEST,Kyle
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 08:58 AM

It's available from Warner Chappell music publications in sheet music (combined with another Hemsworth tune called the Blackfly.)


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 02 May 99 - 08:09 PM

Stringband from Toronto did the best recorded version I've heard, but the LP is not out on CD.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 04:02 PM

sally Rogers has recorded it too.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 10:18 PM

Like someone said before, if you check the database, you will find the song, and tune, and learn that it is written by Wade Hemsworth. blessings, Barbara


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 10:15 PM

Kate and Anna McGarrigle from Quebec sing the song, but I don't know if they wrote it. They sure did a lot to popularize the song since they sang it on the NFB animation short of the song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LOG DRIVER'S WALTZ (Wade Hemsworth)
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Date: 09 Apr 99 - 10:09 PM

THE LOG DRIVER'S WALTZ
(Wade Hemsworth)

If you ask any girl in the parish around
What pleases her most from her head to her toes,
She'll say, "I'm not sure if its business of yours,
But I'd like to waltz with a log driver."

CHORUS: For he goes burling down the down white water.
That's where a log driver learns to step lightly.
It's burling down the down white water,
The log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

When the drive's nearly over, I like to go down
And watch all the lads as they work on the river;
For I know one night they'll come into town,
And we all like to waltz with a log driver.

Now to please both my parents, I had to give way,
And dance with the doctor, the merchant, the lawyer.
Well, their manners were fine but their feet are like clay,
And none has the style of my log driver.

Well, I've taken my chances with all types of men,
But none is so sweet as my lad on the river,
And when the drive's over, if he asks me again,
I think I will marry my log driver.

WITH CHORDS:

If you (G) ask any girl in the par(C)ish around
What ple(D)ases her mo(D7)st from her head to her t(G)oes,
She'll say, "I'm not sure if its bus(C)iness of yours,
But I'(D)d like to wal(D7)tz with a l(G)og driver."

CHORUS: (G)For he goes burling down the (C)down white water.
(G)That's where a log driver lea(D)rns to step lightly.
It's bur(G)ling down the do(C)wn white water,
The (G)log driver's waltz pleases (D)girls compl(G)etely.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Old Erie
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 09:58 PM


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Old Erie
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 09:54 PM

For he goes burling down, the down white waters,

Thats where the Log driver learns to steo litely,

Burling down, the down white waters,

The Log Drivers waltz pleases girls completely.


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Jack Hickman - Kingston, ON
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 08:30 PM

Catspaw:

No, it's about a young girl who would rather dance with a log driver than anyone else, because he's so nimble on his feet from "burling" logs, which to the uninitiated means rolling floating logs.

Jack Hickman


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: bill\sables
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 07:20 PM

I am pretty sure the song and midi are on Barry Tailors website at www3.island.com/-btaylor/canmidi.htm Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: catspaw49
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 07:08 PM

Just to keep a tight rein on things, is this song (I don't know it myself) about...er,eh...well,like...uh, say......fornication. Just checking up mind you.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: DonMeixner
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 07:01 PM

Terry,

Look up Wade Hemsworth (click here) in the Data Base. Should be there.

Don


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Subject: The Log Drivers Waltz
From: Terry.Turner@gov.ab.ca
Date: 09 Apr 99 - 06:27 PM

Trying to find the music for the Vignette Log Drivers Waltz. Does anyone know where I can get a copy??


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