A student was asking me about “traditional Canadian songs”. I have to admit I was stumped at first. We have a national anthem. We don’t have much in the way of traditional songs. Actually I think most of Canadian traditional music comes from either aboriginal tribal music, or east coast traditional fishing songs. The celtic roots of the east coast in Canada is an extension of celtic, Irish and Scottish tradition in Europe.

I have to admit though I’m not an expert on Canadian traditional music. However, here is one song that was a popular video on T.V. when I was young. It’s a cool, east coast waltz… very funny lyrics and video. I will post the lyrics below so you can learn to sing along. Maybe you can catch the meaning of the song! I hope so!

The Log Driver’s Waltz
(Wade Hemsworth)

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.

Cho: 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.