written by Margaret Embers McGee (1918)
a song that is used to keep time paddling
I was thinking about David being out in his kayak, and an old song popped into my head.
I thought it was called "Land of the Silver Birch" but on an internet search, I discovered the words I was looking for are in another song: "My Paddle's Keen and Bright".
The u-tube I have pointed to above is a little more syncopated than the version I know. But I still like it. Try listening to it over breakfast.
And when Aunt Wyona is in the room, we will sing it as a 4-piece round.
I think I will teach it to Michael for I am keen on teaching him a new song every time he and I are together and we have some spare time. This song would be a good one to sing when he finally gets a chance to ride in your canoe, David. The song is used to keep paddlers in time with each other, which you have already discovered, I am sure, can be a problem.
I was working on teaching Michael the song, "Mirzy doats" / "Mare's Eat Oats" yesterday. He wanted to switch the chatter between us, for we were walking home from the LRT and so he did, "Step on a crack, you break your mother's back", instead.
Not a song really, but a fun childhood chant. He can make his feet skip along the sidewalk and not hit any of the cracks.
I want him to be able to hum "dip, dip and swing", when he gets a paddle in his hands.