Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Land of the Silver Birch

When I was a kid, I dreamed of, and sometimes pretended to be a native american girl.  I was raised in the mountains, in a national forrest.  I love the mountains, and I was raised learning how the Indians took care of the land they lived in, and how they were "one with nature".  If I went hiking, I would never build a fire if there wasn't a place where one had already been built.  I would try and leave "no trace" of where I had been.  I would be careful not to step on anything growing, even weeds.  When I hiked off trails, I would sometimes think, and wonder if anyone had ever put their foot exactly where I was walking, or if anyone had sat where I was sitting on a specific rock.  I loved the feeling of wonder I would get.  I have a reverence for nature.   I hiked a lot with my friend, Patty, who felt the same way.   We would speculate how the Indians would have done this or that, and had a great time.

This song represents that feeling.  The grandkids love it too.  When I teach it in the kids classes at school, it always becomes one of the favorite picks when I return to sing again.

Land of the Silver Birch, Home of the BEAVER (sorry, I taught the wrong words!)


(Use guitar strum #1 or variation of if desired)
Land of the Silver Birch, Carter's Class
Land of the Silver Birch, lyrics and chords

LAND OF THE SILVER BIRCH

Am              Em             Am             Em
Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver

Am                                            Dm7           E
That's where the mighty moose wanders at will

Am                                     Dm7  E                Am
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom


2nd verse
Am               Em               Am                  Em
High upon a rocky ledge, I will build my wigwam

Am                                    Dm7       Em                          
Close to the water's edge, silent and still

Am                                     Dm7  E                Am
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

Am                  Em            Am
Boom-de-ada,         boom boom

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I'd love you to send me a video of you singing this song.