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PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE (19th Century English Music Hall song - Lyrics: Harry Clifton / Music: Charles Coote Jr.) Harry Clifton - 1864 Fred French - 1865 The Wolfe Tones - 1964 Don Spencer - 1978 Tommy Tune (feat. in the U.S. Musical "Busker Alley") - 1995 Jim Dale - 2006 I've travelled about a bit in me time Of troubles I've seen a few I found it far better in every clime To paddle my own canoe My wants they are small, I care not at all If my debts they are paid when due I drive away strife from the ocean of life And paddle my own canoe Then love your neighbour as yourself As the world you go travelling through And never sit down with a tear or a frown But paddle your own canoe I have no wife to bother my life No lover to prove untrue The whole day long I laugh with a song And paddle my own canoe I rise with the lark and from daylight to dark I do what I have to do I'm careless in wealth, I've only my health To paddle me own canoe Then love your neighbour as yourself As the world you go travelling through And never sit down with a tear or a frown But paddle your own canoe It's all very well to depend on a friend That is if you've proved him true But you'll find it better by far in the end To paddle your own canoe To borrow is dearer by far than to buy A maxim though old, still true You never will sigh if you only will try To paddle your own canoe Then love your neighbour as yourself As the world you go travelling through And never sit down with a tear or a frown But paddle your own canoe Should a hurricane rise in the midday skies And the Sun is lost to view Move steadily by with a steadfast eye And paddle your own canoe The daisies that grow in the bright green fields Are blooming so sweet for you So never sit down with a tear or a frown But paddle your own canoe Then love your neighbour as yourself As the world you go travelling through And never sit down with a tear or a frown But paddle your own canoe (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2018)

    


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