A Song from the North American Tamaskan Sled Dog Gathering

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A Song from the North American Tamaskan Sled Dog Gathering

Post by firleymj » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:09 am

The Wreck of the Maryland Musher

Tune: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
For the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vST6hVRj2A

The legend lives on from the Ojibwe on down
Near the big lake they call Gichi-Gami*
Skandia, they said, never gives up her dead
When the snows of mid-March are swirlin’

Dragging mushers through bogs twenty six hearty dogs
Pulled the Maryland Musher to safety
That good man and true was a bone to be chewed
‘Cause he couldn’t hold on to his dog team!

The team was the pride of the Michigan side
Mushing back from some race in Wisconsin
As the racing sleds go, it was smaller than need,
And the team had a musher unseasoned.
Concluding some terms with a dog kibble firm
When then left fully loaded for Skandia
Then later that day the instructors did say
Could it be the north wind they’d been feelin’?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
As waves froze out in the lake bed
And every dog knew, as the mushers did too
'Twas the last of the newbies come drivin’
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of late March came slashin'
When afternoon came it was freezing insane
And he couldn’t see where he was going.

When supper time came, a new dog did sit
Bayin’ “Fellas, it’s too much to go on”
By seven PM Katelyn Dehlin came in
She said “Newbie, we won’t let you go on”
Liza Dietzen wired in she had darkness comin’ in
And the good sled and team were in peril
And later that night with his lantern outta’ sight
Came the wreck of the Maryland musher.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the moguls turn minutes to hours?
The searchers all say he'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more faceplants behind him
He might have stayed up or he might have o’erturned
He may have plowed deep in the snow banks
And all that remains are the traces and the reins
In the memories of Carol Wiater.

Lake Huron’s froze, Superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a sled dog's dreams
The islands and bays are for sportsmen
And farther below, Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And Team Evergreen goes as the mushers all know
With the snows of mid-March remembered

In a doggy hotel near Detroit they stayed
While their pack got over the zoomies
The pups did whine over twenty-nine times
For the wreck of the Maryland musher.

The legend lives on from the Ojibwe on down
Near the big lake they call Gichi-Gami
Skandia, they said, never gives up her dead
When the snows of mid-March are swirlin’


*Although both Messrs. Longfellow and Lightfoot rendered it as Gitchee-Gumee the Gichi-Gami is closer to the original Ojibwe (Chippewa)
My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown
The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's. ~Polish Proverb

The human of Ch.(ARBA) and Ch.(KCUSA) Hawthorne James Watson (call name Kona)

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Re: A Song from the North American Tamaskan Sled Dog Gatheri

Post by Tiantai » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:22 pm

I'd love to hear you sing it in person :D
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Re: A Song from the North American Tamaskan Sled Dog Gatheri

Post by firleymj » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:51 pm

I thank you for your kindness, but fear that my Kona's singing is considerably more on key than mine :lol:
My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown
The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's. ~Polish Proverb

The human of Ch.(ARBA) and Ch.(KCUSA) Hawthorne James Watson (call name Kona)

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