Serenader's Quadrilles No. 4 - The Boat Man's Dance


The Boatman Dance was a hugely popular minstrel show song, credited to Dan Emmett, 1843. It has never completely disappeared out of the fiddle/banjo repertoire since then. It is presented here as a four part tune. The first three parts match the usual lyrics of the song. (There are several more verses)

The boatman dance, the boatman sing The boatman up to everything When the boatman comes ashore He spends his money then he works for more

Chorus: Dance boatman Dance Dance boatman dance Dance all night till the broad daylight And go home with the gals in the morning

Refrain: Hi low the boatmen row Up and down the river the Ohio Hi low the boatmen row Up and down the river the Ohio


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Title Serenader's Quadrilles No. 4 - The Boat Man's Dance
Subject G.W. Bennett Manuscript Reels, Hornpipes, Strathspeys, Marches
Year 1860
Locale Southwestern
Keywords Midland Minstrel Quadrille

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