Half a Bushel

by Turnip the Beet

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On the Tombigbee River so bright I was born In a hut made of husks of the tall yellow corn It was there I first met with my Julia so true And I rowed her around in my gum tree canoe Singing row away row o'er the waters so blue Like a feather we'll float in our gum tree canoe All day in the fields of soft cotton I'd hoe I'd think of my Julia and sing as I go Oh I catch her a bird with a wing of true blue And at night sail her 'round in our gum tree canoe With my hand on the banjo and toe on the oar I'd sing to the sound of the river's soft roar While the stars they look down on my Julia so true And dance in her eyes in our gum tree canoe On night the stream bore us so far away We couldn't come back so we thought we'd just stay I spied a tall ship with a flag of true blue It took us in tow in our gum tree canoe Gum Tree Canoe - first published in print by S.S. Steele and A.F. Winnemore, 1847, via Brendan Taaffe "Gum Tree Canoe" was popularized (and claimed to be written) by blackface minstrel performers in the mid-1800s. Minstrelsy served a wide range of purposes during its time and undoubtedly contributed to racism in America. We acknowledge this history and respect the story of the song itself.
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released September 16, 2016

Jeremy Lekich - guitar, djembe, vocals
Kelsey Wells - fiddle, banjo, feet, vocals
with special guest
Susan Kevra - vocals (track #5)

Recorded by Ed Laura
Mixed by Ed Laura & Ed Kohorst
Produced by Turnip the Beet

Cover art by Nathalie VanBalen
Design by Kelsey Wells

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Turnip the Beet Nashville, Tennessee

A dance band duo from the Upper South

Jeremy Lekich - guitar, djembe, vocals

Kelsey Wells - fiddle, banjo, feet, vocals

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