Over The River Once More

“Oh, hear the bells ringing, ‘Ting-a-ling-ling!,’ for it’s Thanksgiving Day.”

If your holiday gathering could use a festive sing-along, here’s a good one for you.

“Over The River And Through The Woods” – guitar, vocal and arrangement by me.

Ready? Ah one, two, three…

 

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandfather’s house we go;

The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh, through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the woods, oh, how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes and bites the nose as over the ground we go.

 

Over the river and through the woods, to have a full day of play;

Oh, hear the bells ringing, “Ting-a-ling-ling!,” for it’s Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the woods, trot fast my dapple gray;

Spring over the ground just like a hound for this is Thanksgiving Day!

 

Over the river and through the woods and straight through the barnyard gate.

It seems that we go so dreadfully slow, it is so hard to wait.

Over the river and through the woods, now Grandmother’s cap I spy.

Hurrah for fun, the pudding’s done, hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

 

The words to “Over The River And Through The Woods” are from the poem “The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day” by Lydia Maria Child and originally published in 1844.

The song was originally published in 1897, composer unknown.

If you’d like to learn more about Lydia Maria Child and hear a fingerstyle acoustic guitar arrangement of “Over The River…,” check out my post of November 24, 2016.

Finally, a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at sixstr stories.

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7 Responses to Over The River Once More

  1. Kathryn Klem says:

    Loved learning a bit of the backstory here behind the song. Thank you for sharing and happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  2. Thank you, Kathryn. I hope you had fun singing along with the recording!

  3. badfinger20 says:

    Very good rendition sixstr. What do you use to record with?

    • A pair of Shure SM-57s on the guitar; an AKG D 330 BT for vocals; all plugged into a Mackie 1202 VZ mixer with an Alesis NanoVerb; through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2; into my iMac laptop and finally, Garageband!

      • badfinger20 says:

        That is great. I use Cubase with Shure SM-57s with various plugins…and a Delta 1010 in a PC.

        I get overdub happy at times…but its a lot of fun.

  4. Yes! Home recording has come a long way from the Kenwood reel-to-reel tape deck I used to use (and still have!). I must say that I’ve never done any overdubbing. Always just trying to capture that “best” live performance.

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