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Woody Guthrie - Grand Coulee Dam Lyrics

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  • Now the world holds seven wonders that the travelers always tell
  • Some gardens and some towers, I guess you know them well.
  • But now the greatest wonder is in Uncle Sam's fair land
  • It's the big Columbia River and the biog Grand Coulee dam.
  • She heads up the Canadian Rockies where the rippling waters glide
  • Comes roaring down the canyon to meet that salty tide;
  • From the big Pacific Ocean where the sun sets in the west
  • It's the big Grand Coulee cuntry, in the land that I love best.
  • In the misty crystal glitter of the wild and windward spray
  • I fought the pounding waters and met a watery grave,
  • When she tore their boats to dplinters and she gave men dreams to dream
  • On the day the Coulee dam was crossed by the wild and wasted stream.
  • Uncle Sam took up the challenge in the year of thirty three
  • For the farmer and the factory and all of you and me
  • He said, "Roll along Columbia, you can roll down to the sea
  • But river, while you're rambling, you can do some work for me.
  • Now from Washington and Oregon you can hear the factories hum
  • Making chrome and making manganese and white aluminum.
  • Now roars the Flying Fortress, for the fight for Uncle Sam
  • On the howling King Columbia, by the big Grand Coulee Dam.
  • note: Originally sung to Wabash Cannonball. When copyright holders for
  • the Cannonball complained, Guthrie wrote a modified tune.
  • copyright Ludlow Music, 1958

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