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Ross 01 Mar 99 - 04:46 PM
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Ross 04 Mar 99 - 11:00 AM
Ross 11 Mar 99 - 01:10 PM
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GUEST,rebel mom 27 Apr 11 - 02:08 AM
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Subject: Lyrics; This Old Riverboat
From: Ross
Date: 01 Mar 99 - 04:46 PM

I'm interested in lyrics for This Old Riverboat and Down the Ohio. They were both on New Christy Minstrels Albums. If someone's memory is more intact than mine, please help. Thanks.

See also:
DOWN THE OHIO
--JoeClone, 27-Dec-2007.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THIS OL' RIVERBOAT (Randy Sparks)
From: bfreeh
Date: 03 Mar 99 - 03:26 PM

This the one you mean?

THIS OL' RIVERBOAT

This ol' riverboat walkin up the river
Keep her steady as you go
Heave the lead and pay the line
Now we're markin' on the twine
Four fathoms below
Way up the river we go.

This ol' riverboat walkin' by the levee
Keep her steady as you go
Think I hear the captain say,
Full ahead we're on our way
Three fathoms below
Way up the river we go.
Keep on a-movin' gotta beat ol' Dixie
Or we'll come back empty I know
Way down the river I can hear her whistle blow.
This ol' riverboat churnin' muddy water
Ease er' down and take it slow
Can't you hear that rumblin' sound
Lord, I think we've run aground
No fathoms below
You'd better pray it isn't so.
^^


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Subject: RE: Lyrics; This Old Riverboat
From: Ross
Date: 04 Mar 99 - 11:00 AM

Exactly. Thanks bfreeh. You've ended several months of frustration.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics; This Old Riverboat
From: Ross
Date: 11 Mar 99 - 01:10 PM

I've been working on this, and and am having trouble with the two lines after " Keep on a-movin' gotta beat ol' Dixie " . Also I seem to remember a couple lines about "This ol riverboat has seen a lot of water, lotta cotton you can bet". Does anyone have a another opinion of how it might go together? Also still looking for "Down the Ohio" if that comes to anyones mind. Thanks .


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Subject: ADD: This Old Riverboat
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Sep 99 - 04:15 AM

Well, I hear that last line as "You'd better pray it ain't so," but that's no nevermind. Then the song goes on:
Oh, we're muckin' bottom, and here comes ol' Dixie
Singin' who's got that cotton to sell;
Ah, but when she's passin'
We're risin' high on her swell.

We're on the move again.
These two riverboats, racin' up the river,
Then ol' Dixie runs aground
There she stands high and dry,
And we're walkin' right on by
I can see the lights of town
We're gonna roll that cotton down (unclear)

Oh, this ol' riverboat's seen a lot of water
Lot of cotton, you can bet.
You can ask anyone you meet,
And they'll say she can't be beat.
She ain't never been yet.
Can't you hear her whistle blow.
Way up the river we go.

Walkin' up the river we go;
Up and down the river we go.

Walkin' up the river we go;
Up and down the river we go.

The songwriter was Randy Sparks, recorded by the New Christy Minstrels in 1964.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics; This Old Riverboat
From: JR
Date: 20 Sep 99 - 10:44 AM

Thanks Joe. My faith has been restored. Now I just have to put short term memory to a test & see if I can learn it again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: This Ol' Riverboat (Randy Sparks)
From: GUEST,rebel mom
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 02:08 AM

thanks all - love this song and couldnt remember all - i'm saved


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: This Ol' Riverboat (Randy Sparks)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 27 Apr 11 - 11:19 PM

Related info: This song was used in the movie Advance to the Rear (or Company of Cowards in the UK). Here's a link to the titles of the other songs in the film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057820/soundtrack


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: This Ol' Riverboat (Randy Sparks)
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 09:55 AM

Yes, and a fun film it is.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: This Ol' Riverboat (Randy Sparks)
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 02:13 PM

Can anyone here supply the chords for the lyrics to "This Ole Riverboat?" I would appreciate them very much... there are some minors in there I can't quite grasp. If you can... send them to me at dulcimer4u@yahoo.com.... many thanks... John


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Subject: DT Corr: This Ol' Riverboat (Randy Sparks)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Aug 13 - 09:22 PM

bfreeh posted only half the song in 1999, and gave no attribution. And that's the version that was incorporated into the Digital Tradition - twice. I posted the second half of the song a few months later, but I guess the harvesters missed it. Here's the whole song:

THIS OL' RIVERBOAT
(Randy Sparks)

This ol' riverboat walkin' up the river,
Keep her steady as you go;
Heave the lead and pay the line,
Now we're markin' on the twine;
Four fathoms below,
Way up the river we go.

This ol' riverboat walkin' by the levee,
Keep her steady as you go;
Yes, I think I hear the captain say,
Full ahead we're on our way;
Three fathoms below,
Way up the river we go.
Keep on a-movin' gotta beat ol' Dixie,
Or we'll come back empty I know;
Way down the river I can hear her whistle blow.

This ol' riverboat churnin' muddy water,
Ease er' down and take it slow;
Can't you hear that grumblin' sound,
Lord, I think we've run aground;
No fathoms below,
You'd better pray it ain't so.

Oh, we're muckin' bottom, and here comes ol' Dixie,
Singin' who's got that cotton to sell;
Ah, but when she's passin',
We're risin' high on her swell.

We're on the move again.
These two riverboats, racin' up the river,
Then ol' Dixie runs aground,
There she stands high and dry,
And we're walkin' right on by;
I can see the lights of town.
We're gonna roll that cotton down.

[instrumental bridge]

Oh, this ol' riverboat's seen a lot of water,
Lot of cotton, you can bet;
You can ask anyone you meet,
And they'll say she can't be beat;
She ain't never been yet.
Can't you hear her whistle blow.
Way up the river we go.

Walkin' up the river we go;
Up and down the river we go.

Walkin' up the river we go;
Up and down the river we go.

The songwriter was Randy Sparks, recorded by the New Christy Minstrels in 1964.

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The two Digital Tradition entries:


This reminds me of stories I've read of stemboats on the Sacramento River. Races were common, and sometimes they resulted in boilers blowing up. I'm sure this was common also on the Mississippi, Ohio, and other rivers in the U.S. I get a certain evil pleasure out of knowing that the "historic" Mississipi riverboat, the Delta Queen, was built in 1926 and served as a Sacramento riverboat. It was painted grey during World War II and served on the Sacramento River as a troop ship. After the war, it was moved to the Mississippi River and given a bow gangplank to make it look like it belonged on the Mississippi. Her sister ship, the Delta King is moored at Sacramento as a floating hotel, restaurant, and theater.

-Joe-


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