D A7 D GMy waterway world is a wonderful place D A7 G DWhere everyone greets me with smiles on their face G D EmAlways tee-shirt and shorts, never jacket and tie Bm A7 G DAs that wearisome working world just passes me byChorus : G D A7 DSo I’m going boating to slow down, unwind G D A7 DI’m a dreamboat navigator, leaving all cares behindIn my waterway world the sun always shinesOn a Kodachrome landscape that's frozen in timeNo rain ever falls from a bright azure skyThough crystal clear water levels are always highIn my waterway world every boater’s my mateThere're no dead-lines to meet so I’m never lateNothing breaks down, so there’s nothing to mendAnd there’s always a real ale pub round the next bendIn my waterway world the props always free'Cos the cuts contain none of our urban debrisRopes never tangle, there’s no waiting at locksIt’s a lifestyle not governed by wristwatch or clocksMy waterway world provides a narrow escapeFrom a life of brown envelopes, rules and red tapeNavigating a system at mere walking speedAvoiding commercial aggression and greedBut my waterway world is a foolish idealA Utopian fantasy, it just isn’t realI’ll not list the problems, that's a ten verse encoreSo I’ll just close my eyes and dream a bit moreMy waterway world is a wonderful place . . .
My Waterway World
Five verses of optimism followed by one of realism. This was inspired by John Conolly's 'Fiddlers Green' which describes a fishing boat crew's idea of Utopia. In this canal song I just had to balance the dream with the reality. After writing several verses about moody boaters, miserable fishermen, invisible waterway workers, broken lock gates, British Waterways/C&RT, etc., I felt that the song was becoming rather depressing and so settled for the last verse.