The Song My Paddle Sings

SATB or SSAA a cappella
Duration: 4 min
Text: E Pauline Johnson
Cypress Choral Music


Commissioned by Jennifer Moir, as part of the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers album on the poems of E.P. Johnson.

Canadian Chamber Choir recorded the SATB version and can be found on their newly released album.

WEST wind, blow from your prairie nest,

Blow from the mountains, blow from the west.

The sail is idle, the sailor too;

O wind of the west, we wait for you!

Blow, blow!

I have wooed you so,

But never a favor you bestow.

You rock your cradle the hills between,

But scorn to notice my white lateen.

Be strong, O paddle! be brave, canoe!

The reckless waves you must plunge into.

Reel, reel,

On your trembling keel,

But never a fear my craft will feel.

We’ve raced the rapids; we ’re far ahead:

The river slips through its silent bed.

Sway, sway,

As the bubbles spray

And fall in tinkling tunes away.

And up on the hills against the sky,

A fir tree rocking its lullaby

Swings, swings,

Its emerald wings,

Swelling the song that my paddle sings.


SATB score

JW Pepper


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