Row, row, row your boat, Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.
Seesaw Margery Daw Johnny shall have a new master He shall earn but a penny a day Because he can't work any faster
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop When the wind blows, the cradle will rock When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall And down will come baby, cradle and all
there once was a snail with his home, Who was told where to Rome by the throne. The snail and his home, roamed and roamed, Then decided his home was the throne.
The lyrics have often been used as a metaphor for life's difficult choices, and many see the boat as referring to one's self or a group with which one identifies. Rowing is a skillful, if tedious, practice that takes perfection but also directs the vessel. When sung as a group, the act of rowing becomes a unifier, as oars should be in sync for the progression of a rowboat. The idea that human beings travel along a certain stream [time] and suggests boundaries in the path of choices and in free will. The third line recommends that challenges should be greeted in stride while open to joy with a smile. Some have questioned the song's implied necessity to row one's boat downstream. This may in fact be a commentary on the paradoxical nature of time's arrow with respect to man's free will in a universe of materialistic causality. The final line, "life is but a dream", is perhaps the most meaningful. With a religious point of view, life and the physical plane may be regarded as having equivalent value as that of a dream, such that troubles are seen in the context of a lesser reality once one has awakened.
Originally posted by network dude
reply to post by MerkabaMeditation
sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.
What would you have children do? Worry about the current state of affairs? Worry about the stock market?
Let kids be blissfully ignorant for a while. Besides, if you get a few people starting that song in the second and third verse, it's loads of fun. At least it was in 1st grade.