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Maple Syrup Song

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Maple Syrup Song

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

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