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