[Dixielandjazz] Lead and Chords Needed - ROW, ROW, ROW

Don Kirkman donkirk at covad.net
Wed Mar 3 23:19:09 PST 2004

On Wed, 03 Mar 2004 17:14:35 -0800, Don Kirkman wrote:

>On Sat, 28 Feb 2004 16:37:36 EST, PBurke113 at aol.com wrote:
>>Because I have an Ada Jones CD version of the song, I was searching for 
>>different versions of the lyrics today and found that when I searched "Row Row Row" 
>>by itself I got the lead-in that became the children's song "Row Row Row Your 
>>Boat" and discovered that the best search was "Then He'd Row Row Row". They 
>>even had some midi instrumental playbacks (piano). I also discovered back when 
>>I first heard the song (by Jones) that the "row, row, row" was a lot slower 
>>than what it became in later years (thanks to Eddie Cantor et al)....which made 
>>sense when you think the timing of someone rowing. Slower makes it almost 
>>sensuous. In addition, I noticed that all the illustration I find for the song 
>>seem to ignore the lyrics, "he'd jump in his boat and they would spoon". They all 
>>show her sitting in the stern seat opposite him. I imagine that such a scene 
>>of him rowing and her sitting in his lap would have been a bit risque for the 
>>time. And it really was quite a risque song if you listen to it, what with all 
>>that spooning and landing among grand trees, and "he knew just how to row, he 
>>was a rowing Romeo" and all. Or maybe people have forgotten what spooning 
>I wonder if you might not be too young to remember the other meaning of
>"spoon," which was pretty much synonymous to "spark" ?  IIRC (at my age
>there's no guarantee) they both meant to neck or to pet, to woo or to

I'm so sorry to find four (count 'em - four) copies of this on my
system.  If you all got duplicates I apologize--my machine didn't warn
me and I had no idea more than one might have escaped.
>My Websters, nearly as old as I am, says to spoon is "to make love by
>caressing, kissing, and talking amorously."  No sitting in laps
>necessary.  :-)   Musical content (hundreds of lyrics)  "croon, June,
>moon, spoon, tune."

donkirk at covad.net

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