Boating Song (Across the Silver'd Lake)

DESCRIPTION: "Across the silver'd lake The moonlit ripples break, Their path a magic highway seems. We'll send our good canoe Along that highway, too, And follow where the moonlight beams. Ho, good fairies all, Hearken to our call, Come and frolic with us...."
AUTHOR: W. H. Neidlinger (1863-1924) (source: Niedlinger, Songs of the Camp Fire Girls of America)
EARLIEST DATE: 1915 (Niedlinger, Songs of the Camp Fire Girls of America)
KEYWORDS: boat travel campsong
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, p. 342, "Boating Song" (notes only)
NOTES [81 words]: W. H. Niedlinger's 1915 booklet was one of the first, if not the first, attempts to create song for a scouting group (the Camp Fire Girls). More than half of the songs Niedlinger published are cited by Averill -- but they consistently just *barely* met my threshold for inclusion. Which should not surprise anyone, because they are stilted, insipid, and -- in one case -- written in fake-minstrel dialect. I strongly doubt any of them went into actual tradition; they are too lousy. - RBW
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File: ACSF342C

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