Merry Merry Minnesota

The Merry Merry Minnesota (River)
Lyrics: Bret Hesla ©2007; Tune: the Merry Horn, trad.

1. The bright shining morning smiles over the hills
With blackbirds adorning the meadows and rills. (repeat)

Chorus:
And the merry merry Minnesota cries
“Come, come away”
And the merry merry Minnesota cries
“Come, come away”
Awake from your slumbers and hail the new day
Awake from your slumbers and hail the new day

2. We rise with the dawning, we grab the old shoes
We head for the car and we load the canoe

3. The sandbar in sunshine, the cut-bank in shade
The latter we paddle, the former we wade

4. The bank’s filled with sandpiper tracks by the score
Like old hieroglyphics inscribed on the shore

5. The swoop of the downy, the flush of the grouse
The dive of the owl, the fear of the mouse

6. In daylight we float and at evening retire
To stake out the tent and recline by the fire
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In 1989, four young adults left the Twin Cities metropolitan bustle to paddle the western reaches of the upper Minnesota river. All four fell in love. Two decided not to come back.

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