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Gumtree Canoe I'll sing you a ditty a sweet little song It will just take a moment it wont keep you long I will sing of the days when our love was so new And we sailed down the Murray River boys In a gum tree canoe Chorus We rowed we rowed o'er the water so blue Like a feather we would float along In a gum tree canoe My hand on my banjo my toe in my oar I work all the day and I sing as I go At night time I turn to my Julia so true And we sail down Murray River boys In a gum tree canoe I once left the river and went on the land To set myself up as a cocky so grand But the life didn't suit me it made my heart sore So I went to the Murray River boys And my Julia so true Printed in Gumsuckers' Gazette April 1963 The song was sent to Frank Nicholls of the Billabong Band in WeMelbourne in 1957. Frank Nicholls wrote "It was sent to us by Mrs J. Wilson, who we met at one of our functions. The song was remembered by members of her family who learned it from Freddie Bolton". The Folk Lore Society of Victoria collected another version from Max Dyer of Benambra. Warren Fahey recorded Jim Cargill singing a version which is on Larrikin record Bush Traditions . This song from Simon McDonald. MG MG apr96
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