Waterways of England by Nick Gibbs (2012) One day I’ll have a house on the move With paint on the sides and flowers on the roof And inside a cabin will be everything I’d ever need When that day comes, I’ll take one for the road It’ll be a road that ebbs and flows And winds like a ribbon of blue through shades of green I’ll navigate the waterways of England ‘till the daylight fades and the stars come out to shine I’ll pray those days will last a thousand seasons And the willows dappled shade will be my home The ways of the narrow-boat man are steeped In history laid around our feet As we walk through the locks and ways of the great Grand Union With steaming kettle and gleaming brass From London town up to Birmingham 137 miles that can’t be beaten I’ll navigate the waterways of England ’till the daylight fades and the stars come out to shine I’ll pray those days will last a thousand seasons And the willows’ dappled shade will be my home Yes, the willows’ dappled shade will be my home Nick Gibbs, the from the exciting band Folklaw, gave permission to use the live recording and provided the following information : The chorus for the song was conceived after playing Lechlade RiverFolk Festival July 2012, where we were sitting under a willow tree by the Thames, and our drummer said it was “the very best day of his life!”. The lyrics for the verses came two weeks later walking along the towpath of the Saul Canal waterway near Gloucester. The song was first performed at the Banbury Canal Day in Oct 2012.
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