The Voyage of the Dreamcatcher by George Rodger We sailed the Dreamcatcher from the Uxbridge locale Up the Thames and the Kennet and Avon Canal At Bristol a permanent mooring presents So the Dreamcatcher’s bound for her new residence We cruised the backwaters where the willow trees droop Where the water voles splash and the Kingfishers swoop She’ll ride beside towpaths for the next 90 days With a volunteer crew to her new resting place Chorus : Dreamalong Dreamcatcher of when canals ruled our land For an army of Irishmen dug them by hand They carried the ale and the coal and the flour All around the whole country at 4 miles an hour A light hand on the tiller’s the plan of attack For the front of the boat is so far from the back A twitch of the wrist sends the rudder astray Then a narrowboat moves in mysterious ways As the land falls or rises a lock will await So with windlass in hand we run to the lock gate As we heave at the beams and the sluices unwind We know that an ale house is just round the bend. Chorus Three lines as Chorus above, then last line: 10 tons at a time with just one horse power With many encounters on our odyssey west She sailed through six counties as she fled to her nest We climbed down a 29 lock flight one day And she lifted her skirt and sailed on her way It’s now been three months since our voyage began Since the Dreamcatcher sailed for the far setting sun Her paintwork is scarred from the brickwork we bashed Now thank God, the Dreamcatcher's in her mooring at last Chorus Three lines as Chorus above then last line: To all points of the compass, at 4 miles an hour Final Chorus Dreamalong, Dreamcatcher, the Narrowboat supreme Who knows what adventures await you downstream? Fare thee well, Dreamcatcher for your dues have been paid By the dreams that you’ve captured and the memories you’ve made George Rodger kindly provided the song and the recording with the following explanation : 'A few months ago, I helped a friend who had just purchased a narrowboat, the Dreamcatcher, which was moored in Uxbridge. He wanted to shift it to a mooring near Bristol so we all pitched in and helped for a few miles each. This is the story of the voyage which took three months. I would add that my stint was a bit hair raising, never having piloted a narrowboat before.'
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