A Brief (Thanksgiving) Musical Interlude

I usually like to have some sort of video for these “interludes” but I wasn’t really able to find a video clip that I thought was worth posting here.

So for Thanksgiving I present Over the River and Through the Woods sung by Phil Rosenthal and Family. It’s one of the few Thanksgiving songs of which I’m aware. There is, of course, Jingle Bells, which was originally written as a Thanksgiving song, but that’s become so closely related to Christmas even though it lacks any mention of the Holiday. Over the River… on the other hand specifically mentions Thanksgiving in the second verse.The original title of the poem was “A Boy’s Thanksgiving Day” and was written in 1844 by Lydia Maria Child.

A Boy’s Thanksgiving Day

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood—
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
as over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood—
and straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
it is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood—
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “O, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for everyone.”

Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

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