Ralph McTell

Ralph McTell - Barges

Me and my brother returned to the water

I saw a pike that was two feet long.

Two small magicians, each with a jam jar

Cast spells on the water with hazel twig wands.

Country boys catch tadpoles, dive into water

Made shy by their laughter, we wandered down stream

And summer rolled o'er us with no complications

'Cept thinking of Mama sometimes in dreams.

Stand by the drawbridge, waiting for barges

Waiting around for smiles from the man.

Lifting the bridge whilst watching the horses

Dragging the slow boats up the canal.

I do remember the times but no number

After the day, but before evening comes

Waiting for castles and kettles with roses

Painted on barges that sailed into the sun.

Oh, see the river run, that was by man begun

Open the locks, let the boats sail on,

Taking their castles and kettles with roses

With summers of childhood leaving smiles on the man.

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