All the Dark Clouds

by Ian H Bruce (2010)

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Chorus:
All the dark clouds have passed and gone
All the wild storms are o‘er
So with spirit and hopes, we‘ll untie our ropes
And head off down the cut once more

When winter dictates that your boat hibernates
And cold weather is sapping morale
Your boat‘s lack of heat means your life‘s incomplete
When prevented from cruising canals

But confinement to base takes the smile from my face
This land-lubber‘s life is a bore
The roads are gridlocked, shopping gangways all blocked
It‘s a lifestyle I've grown to deplore

As all the world‘s woes disturb my repose
All the news is disaster and doom
’Escape to the Country‘? Yes, but not on TV
I‘ve a real life I want to resume

When snowdrops sneak up their heads for a peek
And hear daffodils trumpeting spring
Time to bury bad news, there‘s a system to cruise
And a song of freedom to sing

So be gone the depression that winter brings on
In the spring of the year don‘t be sad
Charge your batteries with sun, seek firm friendship and fun
Float away down the cut and feel glad
That ..
When a group of friends held a towpath gathering, we all happily sang along to 'All the Good Times Have Passed and Gone' and 'Goodnight Irene' but one or two who had drunk less than the rest noticed just how depressing these two songs were. This song is an attempt to provide more optimistic canal related lyrics to (approximately) the tune of the former.