Gum Tree Canoe

This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune "Gum Tree Canoe" by S. S. Steele.

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Genre: Old Time
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Keys of E and D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing and singing "Gum Tree Canoe."

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Gum Tree Canoe

On Tombigbee River so bright I was born,
In a hut made of husks of the tall yellow corn,
And there I first met with my Julia so true,
And I rowed her about in our gum-tree canoe.

Chorus 
Singing row away, row, o'er the waters so blue,
Like a feather we sail in our gum-tree canoe.
Singing row away, row, o'er the waters so blue,
Like a feather we sail in our gum-tree canoe.

All the day in the field the soft cotton I hoe,
I think of my Julia and sing as I go,
Oh, I catch her a bird with a wing of true blue,
And at night sail her round in our gum-tree canoe.

With my hands on the banjo and toe on the oar,
I sing to the sound of the river's soft roar,
While the stars they look down at my Julia so true
And dance in her eye in our gum-tree canoe.

One night the stream bore us so far away
That we couldn't come back so we thought we'd just stay,
Oh, we spied a tall ship with a flag of true blue,
And it took us in tow with our gum-tree canoe.
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    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the old time tune “Gum Tree Canoe” by S. S Steele. This lesson was a special request by BGD member Rteaff. Thanks so much!

    See the full post at: Gum Tree Canoe

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    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha when I was recording this one, it seemed to go on forever. Jennifer asked if it was like the “Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald,” except on a canoe.

    #58597
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Come to think of it, I think it has a similar sound as the WOTEFitzgerald…lol…fortunately a better ending, I guess.  Very cool, John…that’s how I heard John Hartford do it, except I believe he was playing banjo.  It’s really a nice version for getting some good fiddling in there.  Another one for my evergrowing list, that poor ol lonely list I never have time for anymore.  Hopefully one of these days.  I’m thinking the huge sing8ng range required could pose some challenges…would be great to do with a band…one person sing the verse and another sing the chorus part.  Anyway, great lesson…another great lesson!  Hoping I get some time soon so I can try going through this!

    #58600
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Great lesson thanks Rteaff and thanks John I look forward to learning this one !

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