Carefree Gum Tree Canoe

by The Whipstitch Sallies

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This song appears on the 2016 Banjo Babes Album. Allie is the "Banjo Babe" for the month of June!

Allie wrote this for the first John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest in 2013. It tells the woman's point of view from "Gum Tree Canoe", a song John recorded.


We met on the banks of the wide blue river
You waved at me from your canoe
I waved back, you paddled up to me
A carefree day in June, carefree gum tree canoe

You steered us down each curve in the river
You learned my curves pretty well too
Paddlin’ in time, ripples a-dancin to our
Carefree rowing tune, carefree gum tree canoe

We found the sea and a ship to tow us
Tossed paddles out, rowing was through
But floating like feathers can’t last forever
Carefree days end soon, carefree gum tree canoe

You weren’t a man to stay tethered
You bought yourself a steamboat and crew
In your dreams I’m still beside you singing a
Carefree steamboat tune, but I won’t leave our gum tree canoe


released July 31, 2015
Allie Burbrink: Lead Vocals & Banjo
Katie Burk: Harmony Vocals & Fiddle
Kat Erickson: Bass
Sam Herrin: Guitar



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