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Lyr Req: The Boatman's Cure (George Ward)

GUEST,Dave R 09 Mar 13 - 06:11 AM
RTim 09 Mar 13 - 08:00 AM
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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.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BOATMAN'S CURE (George Ward)
From: RTim
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.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Boatman's Cure
From: GUEST,Dave R
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 08:12 AM

Thanks RTim.


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