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Carrie Higgins - The River Lyrics

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  • “The day is bright. The sun is hot.
  • I fear it will grow hotter
  • My brow is wet. My mouth is dry.
  • Child go and fetch some water.
  • Go through the bush and there you’ll find the river”
  • Um baba, um baba, um baba – Um baba, um baba um
  • So the girl set out with jug on head,
  • Glad to please her father
  • Remembering the words he said,
  • “Please go and fetch some water”
  • So she went through the bush… past a coconut tree
  • … ( response: but she did not see the river )
  • Then she came to a swamp and met a little frog
  • ( response )
  • On she went past a snake pit
  • ( response )
  • Across the plains she saw an elephant
  • ( response )
  • Then she looked up and saw an egret flying
  • ( response )
  • On she went…. through the dry sand……..
  • Then the sand got muddy……
  • It got real wet……
  • She found stepping stones…….
  • Which led her to the river
  • So she took the jug. She filled it up high
  • Put it on her head and let her feet fly…..
  • Over the stepping stones….etc
  • (Go through list in reverse)
  • …Back through her village to her little grass hut
  • Took the jug off her head but ALAS! Not a drop of water
  • She had run too fast and it had all spilled out
  • So before her father could see her…she….
  • Ran through the village – through the bush
  • (go through forward sequence again)
  • …which, again, led her to the river
  • So she took the jug. She filled it up high
  • Put it on her head. But this time her feet didn’t fly
  • She walked slowly now…..over the stepping stones
  • (reverse order again)
  • …Back through the village to her little grass hut.
  • Took the jug off her head and gave it to her father.
  • And her father picked up the jug and drank from it
  • And he said, “Oh blessed child, I thank you so –
  • And you did not spill ONE DROP of water!
  • The father was very pleased and this made the girl….
  • HAPPY!
  • Repeat Intro

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