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We're Going to Pump Out Old Lake Erie The season is dry, old timer (yes) And water won't run uphill, So let's do our best and forget the rest Oh, and keep our levels fill'd. (So) cho: We're going to pump out Lake Erie We're going to begin next June, And when we are done you can tell by the sun There'll be whiskers on the moon. For the canal needs the water To keep things all afloat; And I never will put wheels On my canal boat For I love the old towpath And all things that float, So you cannot make a wagon Of my grand old boat. The Portage Lakes often fail us (yes) And often our summit's low; Oh then for some rain we would have to wait With a load we cannot go, (So) cho: We'll all watch our gates and paddles (yes) The tumbles and wasteways, too; They'll help us along with their merry song And will see that we get through, (So) From A Folk Song History of America, Forcucci note: Low water was a real problem for canalers. RG
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