Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Cover song Wednesdays - The log driver's Waltz

Kate and Anna McGarrigle's The Log Drivers Waltz exists at the intersection of so many contemporary modes of artistic and feminist expression that it demands admiration.

Its core promise of light-footed frolicing- The log drivers waltz pleases girls completely - is a subtle allusion of erotica.

Yet it is also recursively nostalgic as it combines classic Canuck film animation with the antique logging practices of yore set against the vocal stylings of Canada's great folk sirens - the McGarrigle sisters.

The original NFB / ONF animation




And finally, a wonderful punk interpretation from Babies & Dogs, Fire, Guns, and Power Tools - Just not together


And let us conclude with a nice choral interpretation...


The Log Drivers Waltz
Pub & © Wade Hemsworth

If you ask any girl from the parish around,
What pleases her most from her head to her toes;
She'll say, "I'm not sure that it's business of yours,
But I do like to waltz with a log driver."

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It's birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

When the drive's nearly over, I like to go down
To see all the lads as they work on the river;
I know that come evening they'll be in the town,
And we all want to waltz with a log driver.

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It's birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

To please both my parents I've had to give way,
And dance with the doctors and the merchants and lawyers;
Their manners are fine but their feet are of clay,
And there's none with the style of a log driver.

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It's birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

Now I've had my chances with all sorts of men,
There's none is so fine as my lad on the river;
And when the drive's over, if he asks me again,
I think I will marry my log driver.

For he goes birling down a-down white water,
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly;
It's birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

Birling down, a-down white water,
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

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