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White Water

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White Water
(Wade Hemsworth)

1.  When I was young and in my prime
    I thought I'd go for a river driver
    And I met an old man on the shore,
    He said, "Son, better watch white water."

    Break and go, I tell you so,
    Logjams like young men like you!

2.  I just laughed and I laughed some more -
    What was I but a bold young rover?
    And I left him on the shore
    That was before I knew white water.

3.  What was I but a bold young fool
    And it wasn't long till I learned better
    That's when young MacPherson drowned
    He was gone with a roar when the jam turned over.

4.  So we dragged him to the shore
    Carved his name in the bark of a cedar
    Hung his boots on a hanging limb -
    Mac had gone too near the water.

5.  Logjams come and logjams go -
    Big or small, they all spell danger,
    You gotta have an old man on the shore
    When you're trying to get the key log out from under.

6.  Now I heed what the old man said -
    I listen to the words of the big boss driver
    When he's standing on the shore
    Telling young fellows how to handle timber.

Last Chorus
    Break and go, it's now I see
    Log jams like young men like me!

Copyright Wade Hemsworth
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