Lyr Req: The Boatman's Cure (George Ward)
Subject: Lyr Req: The Boatman's Cure|
From: GUEST,Dave R
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 06:11 AM
Looking for the lyrics to the above song, believe wrote by George Ward and recorded by John Roberts on his CD 'Sea Fever'. Any help please.
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOATMAN'S CURE (George Ward)|
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 08:00 AM
From John's Webpage on Golden Hind.
- Tim Radford
THE BOATMAN'S CURE
My friend and neighbor George Ward wrote The Boatman's Cure, based on research he did on the history of the "bateau," the vessel used along the Mohawk River for exploration and trade in the 18th century.
Poling up the river in a three-hand boat,
Too deep to carry, too shallow to float,
Too deep to carry, too shallow to float.
If it doesn't lift your spirits it'll leave you numb
Best cure for the river is a bottle of rum,
Best cure for the river is a bottle of rum.
Listen to the forwarder struttin' on the quay,
He's quick to tell the boatman how the river will be.
ÖBest cure for the forwarderÖ
Workin' up the rift the current swung her round,
Bedbugs swum ashore, poor boatman nearly got drowned.
ÖBest cure for bedbugsÖ
Sweatin' in the heat of day, chillin' in the rain,
Sleepin' in the open got the ague again.
ÖBest cure for the agueÖ
Frostbite in November took my toes away,
Devil take the blackfly 'bout the last week in May.
ÖBest cure for the blackflyÖ
Sweet Annie from Schenectady, she stole my heart,
Her face is in the firelight, the river sings her part.
ÖBest cure for a womanÖ
Got a callus on my shoulder and my hands are sore,
Sweetest sight some thirsty frontier girl ever saw.
ÖBest cure for wisdomÖ
I fought all through this wilderness in '59
Still fancy I see shadows moving most of the time.
ÖBest cure for shadowsÖ
Morning comes up early for a fast bateau,
Shoulder to the setting pole, you push off and go.
ÖBut there ain't no cure for living in a bottle of rum.
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Boatman's Cure|
From: GUEST,Dave R
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 08:12 AM