by Stan Rogers

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Another of our favorite combinations a popular tune by Stan Rogers with a very upbeat choral arrangement by Ron Smail. This rollicking hoedown-type tune compares the joy and freedom of growing apples in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia with life in the big city. Guess who wins? The rhythms are challenging but easily learned, the words come fast but easy, and the harmonies have that special Smail touch.
Optional violin, guitar, and bass parts are available upon request.

It’s early up Ontario farm, Chicken crow for day
I wish I grew Annapolis apples up above Fundy Bay
Oh it seems so far away

On the ridge above Acadia’s town to the valley down below
The evening shadow falls upon the families listening to the radio
And watching the apples grow.

Down on the farm, back among the family, away from Ontario
Hear the ladies singing to the men, dancing it heel and toe
And watching the apples grow.

Ontario, y’know I’ve seen a place I’d rather be
Your scummy lakes and the City of Toronto
don’t do a damn thing for me
I’d rather live by the sea.

I’ve watched the V’s of geese go by, the foxfoot in the snow
I’ve climbed the ridge of Gaspereaux Mt.,
looking to the valley below
And watching the apples grow.




SATB – with piano (opt. instr.) – CP 1125

TBB   – with piano (opt. instr.) – CP 1223

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