Waterways of England

by Nick Gibbs (2012)

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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.