PADDLIN THE ALLEGHENY

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I went to college at Saint Bonaventure University in “the heart of the enchanted mountains” of western New York State between Olean, New York and the little town of Allegheny, New York and right along the banks of the Allegheny River... and yes, there were many river parties. We used to talk about how if we got in a canoe we could paddle to the Gulf of Mexico so here is a little trip down memory lane. Never did do that trip down the river but I haven’t stopped thinking about it either.

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PADDLIN’ THE ALLEGHENY
© Bob Wright

I wanna paddle on the Allegheny
take along a jug or two
ain’t gonna take no kayak
just a big ole wooden canoe
throw our bedrolls on the bank
when paddlin’ time is through
just me and you
and a paddle or two
on the mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
for a week or two


Allegheny (Allegheny)
Allegheny (Allegheny)
can’t wait to dip a paddle in
and glide beside your shores
Allegheny (Allegheny)
Allegheny (Allegheny)
on a mighty Allegheny
river tour

ya’ wanna paddle on the Allegheny
heading down to Pittsburgh town
singin’ Stephen Foster tunes
throw our heads back howl at the moon
I can buy a banjo there
Acoustic Steve’ll treat me square
just you and me
and a paddle or three
on the mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
gonna take us there

Allegheny (Allegheny)
Allegheny (Allegheny)
can’t wait to dip a paddle in
and glide besideyour shores
Allegheny (Allegheny)
Allegheny (Allegheny)
on a mighty Allegheny
river tour

ain’t gonna take the Ohio
gonna stop at its front door
ain’t gonna take the Monongahela River
its a pity but its not what we went for

I wanna paddle on the Allegheny
take along a jug or two
ain’t gonna take no kayak
just a big ole wooden canoe
throw our bedrolls on the bank
when paddlin’ time is through
just me and you
and a paddle or two
on the mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
for a week or two
on the mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
mighty Allegheny
with you

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from GINGERBEARD WHISKERCHIN, released July 14, 2020

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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