Tixall Wideby Allen Maslen (Accolade Music) I am the narrow boatAnd I steer my course alongThe waterways of EnglandFrom each dawn to setting sunAnd with every beat of my Bolinder heartI pray you'll keep my spiritWhen my working life is doneFor you and I, we've worked as oneAnd the mist still rolls on, every fine summer's morningEvery sunrise brings the light into my eyeBut I know one day I'll be on that staircase to heavenAnd those pearly gate paddles in the skyChorus :So please remember when I've diedWhen I'm all used and driedOh, how the waterways I used to walk besideIn this world they are my joyIn the next they are my prideSo burn me with this fire I hold insideAnd sink my ashes down the Tixall WideI steer the narrow boatAnd no greater joy I've foundThan every day another flightEvery night another poundAnd I'd give each turn of this old windlass heartIf you will keep my spiritAnd I'll keep the sights and soundsYou'll never lay me in cold groundAnd the mist still rolls on . . .CHORUSHe's never known the house of stoneWhere cold winds never blowHis destiny runs freer than the winding rivers flowThe tiller arm's his only friendOut in the wind and snowAnd all this makes the boatmanThe richest man I knowAllen Maslen is a member of the folk-rock band Meet on the Ledge. The lyrics came from their web-site.Tixall Wide is a beautiful wide stretch of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal close to the junction with the Trent and Mersey Canal. When the canal was built the landowner at Tixall give permission for construction of the canal on condition that the canal should be made to look like a lake. Apparently this is a popular spot for the scattering of canal lovers' ashes and this is what the song is about.