Lyrics: The Boatman's Call

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The Boatman's Call
(G. Gothard) 
Solana Gothard - vocals, djembe, percussion, dulcimer 
Greta Gothard - guitar, cajon, vocals 
Willow Gothard - octave violin, bass, vocals 

Lyrics

Verse 1
The boatman works alone, it’s the only life he’s ever known 
A young man in life alone, across the river every day 
He ferries settlers o’er the rushing cool, carries merchants through the rapids cruel 
Even royals in their crown and jewel, across the river on his own 

CHORUS 
Ya - da da da, a young man tall 
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da 
Ya- da da da, the boatman’s call 
Ya - da da da, ya da da da da da 

Verse 2
The young woman lone she goes, gathering flowers where the river flows 
She is lovely as the mountain rose, and she needs passage on her way 
She needs crossing late in emerald May, sitting golden in the creak and sway 
Our young boatman gave his heart that day, across the river going home 

CHORUS 
Ya - da da da, a young man tall 
Ya - da da da, ya da da da da da 
Ya - da da da, for this girl did fall 
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da 

Bridge
Their world was set, planned, always they would be 
They didn’t fret, no, not like you and me 
Their world was small, there, near the river free 
Then came this fine, grand, tale of he and she 

CHORUS 
Ya- da da da, this girl did fall 
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da 
Ya - da da da, for the boatman’s call 
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da 

Verse 3
And now they are not alone, their lonely life by one has grown 
Now they are not alone, they cross the river every day

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