Maple Syrup Song First we get the buckets ready, Clean the pans and gather fire wood, Late in the winter, it's maple syrup time. You need warm and sunny days But still a cold and freezing nighttime For just a few... weeks, maple... syrup time. We boil and boil and boil and boil it all day long ... Till ninety sev'n percent of water evaporates just like this song and when what is left is syrupy don't cook it too long Watch out for burning! It's just about time. I know it's not the quickest system But each year I can't resist it. Get out the buckets and tap the trees in time, Making it is half the fun. And satisfaction when you're done. Keep up the fire! Maple syrup time. My grandpa says perhaps it's just a waste of time. Ah! But no more than this attempt To make a happy little rhyme and so Pat your feet or swing your tail, But keep in good time. Keep up the fire! Maple syrup time. I'll send this song around the world With love to every boy and girl Hoping they don't mind a little advice in rhyme As in life or revolution Rarely is there a quick solution Anything worthwhile takes a little time We boil and boil and boil and boil it all day long When what is left is syrupy, don't leave it on the flame too long But seize the minute, build a new world, Sing an old song. Keep up the fire, maple syrup time. From Bright Morning Stars (World Around Songs, 5790 Highway 80 South, Burnsville NC) is a really nifty little book, with a particularly lovely harmony to the old hymn, too. JN JN apr96
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