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JayWay
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posted 16 December 2004 03:06 AM      Profile for JayWay     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 


If you should 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 the 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 while 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.

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

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

[ 16 December 2004: Message edited by: JayWay ]


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Left Turn
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posted 16 December 2004 05:18 AM      Profile for Left Turn        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remember they used to show this on the knowledge network when I was a kid. I think it's from the National Film Board.

[ 16 December 2004: Message edited by: Tim Kennelly ]


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skdadl
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posted 16 December 2004 09:59 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Which group sang that song? I can hear the woman's voice now, but I just can't place them.

Anyway, I liked it the few times I heard it. The rhythm, the scansion, are interesting.

[ 16 December 2004: Message edited by: skdadl ]


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Debra
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posted 16 December 2004 10:03 AM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Recorded by Kate and Anna McGarrigle for animated
cartoon "Log Driver's Waltz" by Canada's National
Film Board.

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meades
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posted 16 December 2004 10:03 AM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Friends of ours had a backyard film fest back when it wasn't bitterly cold at night, with a bunch of NFB films they had checked out of the library, and this was one of them. About half the people started singing along. I love that short.
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rasmus
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posted 16 December 2004 10:24 AM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So many Canadian double entendres in that song.

What is that one-two-three Celtic rhythm called?


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skdadl
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posted 16 December 2004 10:38 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
rasmus_raven, I am shocked.

And now I'll never be able to read or hear those words again without ...


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Von Mises Pieces
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posted 16 December 2004 10:54 AM      Profile for Von Mises Pieces     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Excellent! Quite possibly the greatest piece of CanCon ever put out!

Saw "The Incredibles" a couple of nights ago, and there was one of those old-school shorts before the feature, called "Bounding" or something like that.

All I could think of the entire time the short was playing was how much it reminded me of the Log Driver's Waltz. Man, that takes me back...


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posted 16 December 2004 10:58 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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Von Mises Pieces
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posted 16 December 2004 11:00 AM      Profile for Von Mises Pieces     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by rasmus raven:
So many Canadian double entendres in that song.

What is that one-two-three Celtic rhythm called?


Jig!

Jiggity, jiggity, jiggity!


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fern hill
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posted 16 December 2004 11:04 AM      Profile for fern hill        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In my opinion, the best-ever NFB animated film is "The Big Snit".
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Hephaestion
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posted 16 December 2004 11:06 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ain't google amazing...

To hear the music to The Log Drivers' Waltz — complete with downloadable midi file, go here

To read about the song's composer, Wade Hemsworth, and to see a clip of the NFB short, click here

I had never heard of Wade Hemsworth before, but I sure have now. Thank you, babble!


quote:
There are many old ballads that folks still sing, even when the times that produced them are long gone.

A good song can last well over a thousand years, and Wade Hemsworth wrote a lot of good songs; more than twenty at last count.

If I could peer into the distant future, I might find that people had forgotten Wade (by name) or Canada, or even planet Earth.

They might wonder a bit over the concept of Log Drivers, when they only see trees petrified in Museums; Black Flies will surely have been eradicated; and the "I'm Alone" will be thought to be a spaceship.

But they will still be singing Wade's songs.

That's one form of immortality even a sacrilegious old bastard like me can believe in.

John F Weldon



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skdadl
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posted 21 January 2005 12:21 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Drat. I couldn't find this fast enough.

Radio One just played the McGarrigles' version (in the last hour of Sheila, for those farther West). They've been doing some sort of weekly review of top Canadian classics (someone else may be able to describe what's going on better -- I'm only ever half-listening until a song I like comes up, so I keep missing the context of this review).


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neeuqdrazil
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posted 21 January 2005 12:31 PM      Profile for neeuqdrazil   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:

Radio One just played the McGarrigles' version (in the last hour of Sheila, for those farther West). They've been doing some sort of weekly review of top Canadian classics (someone else may be able to describe what's going on better -- I'm only ever half-listening until a song I like comes up, so I keep missing the context of this review).

It's the '50 Greatest Canadian Songs', and to pull in another thread, George (whose last name I'm not even going to *try* to spell, although I can say it no problem) on The Hour last night had Jian Ghomeshi, who is running this thing, on to talk about it.

This is the link for the program


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skdadl
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posted 21 January 2005 12:37 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks, neeuqdrazil. So this goes on until March? They seem to sift through a revised list of the top songs each week. I must pay better attention next time.

I quite enjoyed the session with all the songs from the forties and fifties. Sh-boom, sh-boom, etc.


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catje
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posted 25 January 2005 02:49 AM      Profile for catje     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by fern hill:
In my opinion, the best-ever NFB animated film is "The Big Snit".

I can't beleive someone else remembers that short! I swear I was subjected to it annually in elementary school, and yet no one else around me has any recollection of it. I think of it every time scrabble comes up as a topic of conversation, or sawing.


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fern hill
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posted 25 January 2005 08:19 AM      Profile for fern hill        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
C-A-R-R-O-S-T !
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swirrlygrrl
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posted 25 January 2005 10:12 AM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was having a conversation about this with a group of people just last week! Sadly, no one else recalled it - Can-con plebes, I say.
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fern hill
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posted 25 January 2005 10:27 AM      Profile for fern hill        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"The Big Snit" was nominated for an Academy Award in 1985. Here's some info from NFB on it:
http://tinyurl.com/5jzyq

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Jeit
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posted 25 January 2005 07:37 PM      Profile for Jeit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Classic. Reminds me of being 4.
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Tommy_Paine
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posted 25 January 2005 07:42 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"The Cat Came Back" is of equal excellence. No matter how many times I see it, I never fail to laugh when the guy runs over the cow tied to the rail road tracks....."what the...??????"
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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 25 January 2005 08:25 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When my boys were of the age, Nickelodeon used to show a lot of the Canadian Film Board animation as filler between shows. Great stuff which argues for more government support of the arts, I'd say.
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posted 25 January 2005 08:30 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Egalitarian American:
When my boys were of the age, Nickelodeon used to show a lot of the Canadian Film Board animation as filler between shows. Great stuff which argues for more government support of the arts, I'd say.

Ren and Stimpy?


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 25 January 2005 09:07 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Papal_Bull:

Ren and Stimpy?


Well, not quite Ren and Stimpy but I wouldn't mind seeing some fresh eps. But they did show several short films from Canada and I remember "The Cat Came Back." Great stuff.


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