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Subject: land of the silver birch
From: alison
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 08:37 PM

Hi,

Are there more than 4 verses to this one? I seem to remember there were more but I can't think what they were...

the verses I have start

Land of the silver birch.....
My heart is sick for you.....
There where the blue lake lies....
Swift as a silver fish.....

Slainte

Alison


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Subject: RE: land of the silver birch
From: Barbara
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 08:50 PM

Alison, if this is the same one I know, the second verse is:
High on a rocky ledge, I build my wig-wam
Close to the water's edge, silent and still
Is that the same one? Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: land of the silver birch
From: alison
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 03:58 AM

Hi,

Yes that's the same one. I think I remember it as, "There where the blue lake lies, I'll set my wigwam"

It was a long time ago.......

Slainte

Alison


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Subject: RE: land of the silver birch
From: Animaterra
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 08:36 AM

I only know the first verse and the one mentioned by Barbara. Alison, could you provide those others? My kids at school really like this one, even though I guess its authenticity is questionable! (BTW, I'm Allison, too, but use the name of my chorus to avoid confusion!)


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Subject: Lyr Add: Land of the Silver Birch^^
From: alison
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 06:45 PM

Here you go Allison,

Land of the Silver Birch

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will

CHORUS

Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more
Boom - diddi - eye -dee
Boom - diddi - eye -dee
Boom - diddi - eye -dee
Boom

My heart is sick for you, here in the lowlands,
I will return to you, hills of the north

Swift as the silver fish, canoe of birch bark
Thy might waterways carry me forth

There where the blue lake lies, I'll set my wigwam
Close to the water's edge, silent and still

I know sometimes the chorus was done as hi-ya-a-hi-ya (which probably would sound a bit more like Indians.)

slainte

Alison


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Subject: RE: land of the silver birch
From: Animaterra
Date: 18 Jul 98 - 07:45 AM

Thanks. I have always heard, "boom-di-di-boom-boom" The folk process at work! A


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Subject: LYR ADD: land of the silver birch
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 08:24 PM

This one deserves a 'Lyr Add' heading.

I can add little, but the chorus, as I recall, (and the above spellings are in no way phonetic)

Boom (bum, with 'u' as in 'put') diddy eye die,
...repeat
Bum diddy eye die
Bum


Listed in "The Hackney Scout Song Book (1957)" (Where it was included for the first time, following the 1922 edition) as a 'Red Indian canoeing song'

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Denise:^), house-sitting
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 09:57 PM

Here's a little more of "the folk process at work for you..."

I learned it like this:

Land of the Silver Birch

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will

CHORUS
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more
Boom-di-di-boom-boom
Boom-di-di-boom-boom
Boom-di-di-boom-boom
Boom-boom

Swift as a silver fish, my canoe of birch bark
By mighty waters carried afar

Down where the blue lake lies, I'll build my wigwam
Under the shining stars, I'll sing my song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Barry T
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 10:01 PM

Midi file and boom-diddy-booms here on my site... http://members.shaw.ca/tunebook/birch.htm

All together now...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Denise:^), house-sitting
Date: 06 Jul 03 - 10:59 PM

Yep, that's it...
Nice job, Barry!
I think I learned the song in elementary school from a teacher who was recalling it from memory...I have a little different tune--the second line is up a third--from what I've heard anyone else sing. It's in my head, though, and so that's how I sing it...Again, "your folk process at work..." A bunch of children have learned it from me, and now sing it that way, too...

Denise;^)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Emma B
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 07:59 PM

We really did sing this at Girl Guide camp back in the 50's our version was an amalgam of the versions above but it would be fairer to describe it as having come from the 'Hacknied Guide Song Book' - or perhaps that just the way we sang it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 08:50 PM

Old thread Alison but I'm prety sure the Singing Together version used "hi-ya-a-hi-ya". dave McG has most of my old schools pamphlets at the moment but hopefully that version will come out with Kernow John's project.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 08:26 AM

hey Barry- can we snitch (with due credit) the midi for the mudcat midi page?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Barry T
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 08:03 PM

> hey Barry- can we snitch (with due credit)
> the midi for the mudcat midi page?

Help yourself! :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: alison
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 12:56 AM

nice MIDI Barry... I'm sitting here singing along

we used to do part of it as a round repeating lines over the tune starting from "blue lake and rocky shore"......

thanks

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: suzisocks
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 05:48 AM

land of the silver birch
home of the beaver
where still the mighty moose
wanders at will

blue lake and rocky shore
i will return once more
bomm diddy i di boom diddy i di boom boom boom

swift as asilver fish
canoe of birch bark
thy mighty water ways carry me forth

blue lake.....

my heart is sick for you
here in the lowlands
i will return to you
hills of the north

blue lake......

there where the blue lake lies
I'll set my wigwam
close to the water's edge
silent and still

blue lake....

(learnt as agirl guide many moons ago!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Cool Beans
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 10:35 AM

The suburban version starts out:
Land of the minivan, land of the Volvo...

(Feel free to write more).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 14 Jul 03 - 02:47 PM

Oh wow, this really takes me back to my days in the Girl Guides... we met on Fridays (and that's where I was when JFK was shot). We sang the chorus as a round too.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Katrina
Date: 04 Oct 03 - 06:16 PM

Does anyone have the chords for Land of the Silver Birch?


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAND OF THE SILVER BIRCH
From: GUEST,Meow
Date: 27 Apr 04 - 03:17 PM

This was the original Canadian version of

LAND OF THE SILVER BIRCH

My paddle's keen and bright
Flashing with silver
Follow the wild goose flight
Dip, dip and swing
Dip, dip and swing her back
Flashing with silver
Swift as the wild goose flies
Dip, dip and swing

Land of the silver birch
Home of the beaver
Where still the mighty moose
Wanders at will
Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more
Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom

High on a rocky ledge
I¹ll build my wigwam
Close to the water¹s edge
Silent and still
Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more
Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom

My heart grows sick for thee
Here in the lowlands
I will return to thee hills of the north
Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more
Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom

Land of the silver birch
Home of the beaver
Where still the mighty moose
Wanders at will
Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more
Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,straydog
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 03:21 PM

Meow ... Thanks for posting the correct version of this song.

Katrina .... Here are the chords ... You might have to transpose them or use a capo to adjust to your vocal key .

You alternate between Em and C thoughout the first verse and for the dip dip and swing and boom diddy-ah-da, boom-diddy-ah-da, boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom part .


This is the traditional way to sing the song but with some added dip dip and swings , which round out the song nicely .

LAND OF THE SILVER BIRCH

Em          C
My paddle's keen and bright
Em            C
Flashing with silver
Em          C
Follow the wild goose flight
Em          C
Dip, dip and swing
Em          C   
Dip, dip and swing her back
Em            C
Flashing with silver
Em            C
Swift as the wild goose flies
Em          C
Dip, dip and swing


Em          C
Land of the silver birch
Em          C
Home of the beaver
Am             G
Where still the mighty moose
F          G
Wanders at will

Am            G
Blue lake and rocky shore
F      G
I will return once more
Em          C
Dip dip and swing
Em          C
Dip dip and swing
Em                C                Em                C
Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, Boom-diddy-ah-da, bo-oo-oom


I like to repeat the refrain as written ( land of the silver birch verse ) and then return to the first verse ( My paddle's keen and bright ) to end the song , as it returns again to the beginning melody and gives the song a more finished sound ...You can also add several dip dip and swings and boom -diddy-ahda's to end the song .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 08:30 PM

Hm,well wouldn't like to dispute a Canadian, but we had them as 2 separate songs with 2 different tunes, one almost being an inversion of the other. We used to do "My paddle" as a 2-part round, so some people would be doing the dip-dip, while others were singing the "my paddle" line. "Land of the Siver Birch" is as in Barry's midi.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 11:35 AM

There are several different versions of this song , but the original is posted above by Meow .

Even Wikipedia has it wrong , in saying that it's two different songs .

It's true that there are two different melodies , the first two being different from the third etc... and it does sound very much like an inverted melody .

If you want to hear part of an excellent rendition of this song by Michael Mitchell , check out this link .

http://www.songsforteaching.com/canada/landofthesilverbirch.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,madsterfoley7973
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:17 PM

1.Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver, where still the mighty wanders at will.

Chorus: Blue lake and rocky shore I will return once more. boom di di boom boom, boom di di boom boom, boom di di boom boom boom.


2.High on a rocky ledge I'll build my wigwam, close by the water's edge, silent and still.

(CHORUS)

3.Down in the forest deep in the low lands, my heart cries out for thee, hills of the north.

(CHORUS)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 09:23 PM

Old thread Alison but I'm prety sure the Singing Together version used "hi-ya-a-hi-ya". dave McG has most of my old schools pamphlets at the moment but hopefully that version will come out with Kernow John's project.

It did here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 06:12 PM

Madsterfoley 7973: think you've left a word out of the first verse: should be "where still the mighty MOOSE wanders at will"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Alexandra the Marymounter
Date: 25 Jun 08 - 12:55 PM

Boom-diddy-ah-da- boom boom   X4, sung by one group
meanwhile, a second group sings

Land of the silver birch
home of the beaveer
where once the mighty moose wandered at will
blue lakes and rocky shores
there I'll return once more
Boom-diddy-ah-da- boom boom
-------

This is my favorite camp song. I seemed to be the only one in Senior camp that had ever heard it, but sometimes I would be able to start it with an older counselor nearby (and then we would shout it and have an all-counselor + Alex singing affair.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Jackie
Date: 23 May 09 - 03:44 PM

This really is fun! I'd forgotten all about this song but when reminded could remember it easily - from Girl Guide campfire days. Happy memories.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: meself
Date: 24 May 09 - 11:58 AM

It has been asserted (above) that Land of the Silver Birch and My Paddle's Keen & Bright were originally one and the same song; however, no evidence has been provided. Consequently, those of us who were skeptical remain so. I find it more likely that someone noticed that My Paddle could be added to Silver Birch, and did so, rather than that someone took one verse of Silver Birch and created or found another tune for it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 24 May 09 - 06:01 PM

I'm prepared to believe that they were one song with two tunes, but we did sing them as 2 separate ones: guess the 2 tunes tunes would also harmonise with each other.
Have listened to the Michael Mitchell midi and that corresponds to what I knew as "My paddle" etc.
For "Land of the Silver Birch" we sang (if in Amin)
Land of the Silver Birch
A      AA      EEE,
Home of the Beaver
A      AA    E E,
Where once the mighty moose
A'       GA'       GEC
Wandered at will
DD       D E,
Blue lake and rocky shore
A'       GA'    GEC
I will return once more
DD    D ECA,
Boom diddy I dee Boom diddy I dee boom diddy I dee boom
A      AA   AC    A    AA    AC    A    AA    AC    A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Indrani Ananda
Date: 25 May 09 - 02:50 PM

My sister used to sing this song in the guides, and play it on her recorder. I can't tell what your tunes are, but it seemed slightly jerky with a weird timing. Anyway, this is all I can recall of it:

    Land of the Silver Birch,
    Home of the Beaver,
    Where mighty yellow Moon
    Wanders at will;
    Blue lake and rocky shore,
    I will return once more....
    I will return again.

    Here in the lowlands
    My heart will sing to you
    Under the Heaven-sky
    Silent and blue;
    Home in the Northlands,
    Swift as the wild Goose,
    I will return to you.

    Here, by the Forest,
    I'll set my wigwam,
    Under the silver Stars,
    Silent and still;
    Where mighty River flows,
    Where mighty Spirit knows......
    I will return to you.

             There are shades of Hiawatha in this song, don't you think?

                              Indrani.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Another Girl Scout
Date: 21 Nov 09 - 07:15 PM

Oh Yea! This was one of my all-time favorites at Camp Whip-Poor-Will Hills in Morrow,Ohio (1953-1957).

"Land of the Silver Birch,
Home of the beaver,
Where once the mighty moose,
Wandered at will.
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more,
Boomdidiahda,boomdidiahda,boo-oo-oom.

High on a rocky ledge,
I'll build my wigwam,
Close to the forest's edge,
Silent and still.
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more,
Boomdidiahda,boomdidiahda,boo-oo-oom.

Swift as a silver fish,
Canoe of birch bark,
O're mighty waterways,
Carry me forth.
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more,
Boomdidiahda,boomdidiahda,boo-oo-oom.

My heart grows sick for thee,
Here in the lowlands,
I will return to thee,
Hills of the north.
Blue lake and rocky shore,
I will return once more,
Boomdidiahda,boomdidiahda,boo-oo-oom."

Frankly,"boomdidiahda" never seemed authentically Native American to me,but who am I to question the larger wisdom of camp songs?

This song has a lovely melody which I can't begin to describe. Anyone out there know where the tune came from and can explain it?

-Elsa-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Nov 09 - 06:41 PM

Well here they BOTH are: much as I remember them (excepy it's "Follow the wild goose FLIGHT" not "Track".

My paddle's clean (keen?) and bright,
Flashing like silver,
Follow the wild goose flight,
Dip, dip and swing.
Dip, dip and swing her back,
Flashing like silver,
Follow the wild goose flight,
Dip, dip and swing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NNEalthDwA

And "Land of the Silver Birch", words as in the last post above.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOHNaSEjSkQ&feature=related

Several other Youtubes, some with My Paddle going straight into Land of the Silver Birch


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,A 12 YEAR OLD ELEMENTERY SCHOOLSTUDENT
Date: 04 Apr 12 - 03:16 AM

BLUE LAKES AND ROCKY SHORES I'VE HEARD A LOT OF THE SONGS FROM MY GRADE 1 TEACHER MRS.HALL I AM NOW 12 AND IN GRADE 6 I LOVE THE SONG ALSO I LIKE TAKE A SILVER THREAD OF A SPIDERS WEB THE FIRST POST IS THE ONE IM FAMILIAR WITH


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: Acme
Date: 04 Apr 12 - 12:09 PM

If you visit again, 12-year-old, please don't post in all caps. It's almost impossible to read.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Land of the Silver Birch
From: GUEST,Dean of Rochester
Date: 09 Feb 13 - 06:01 AM

THe chorus we sang was never boom diddy boom.... , but 'hi ah ya hiya (x2) aaaah_____ '

which seems more authentic too.


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