Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Mighty Columbia

This weekend, as we were moseying west along the Columbia River, I learned that my husband can sing a mean version of the Alaska State Song. In turn, I regaled him with our Washington version: Roll On Columbia, Roll On by the famous Woodie Guthrie.

Which was great, until I googled "WA State Song" and discovered that Roll On Columbia isn't our song at all. It's some highly inferior tune called Washington My Home.

Instead, Roll on Columbia is our state folk song. Personally, I'm all for ditching WA My Home in favor of this good 'ole folksy ballad:


Roll On Columbia


Roll on, Columbia, roll on.
Roll on, Columbia, roll on.
Your power is turning our darkness to dawn,
So, Roll on, Columbia, roll on



Green Douglas firs where the waters cut through.
Down her wild mountains and canyons she flew.
Canadian Northwest to the ocean so blue,
Roll on, Columbia, roll On!



Roll on, Columbia, roll on.
Roll on, Columbia, roll on.
Your power is turning our darkness to dawn,
So, Roll on, Columbia, roll on



Other great rivers add power to you,
Yakima, Snake, and the Klickitat, too,
Sandy, Willamette, and Hood River, too;
Roll on Columbia, roll On!



Roll on, Columbia, roll on.
Roll on, Columbia, roll on.
Your power is turning our darkness to dawn,
So, Roll on, Columbia, roll on

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