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Best skating song of all time?

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Some computer problems (aaaahhh!) yesterday, so writing about trying to turn my left leg out will have to wait. Everyone will have to be kept in a state of suspense about the state of my outside mohawks and back cross rolls.

But I’m borrowing my son’s computer because I couldn’t wait to share one of the best skating songs of all time, which I heard again yesterday when my young friend Maddy was practicing her holiday show program. I told her that when her music started, everyone of a certain generation would say “Oh, I love this song!” The incorporation of “Jingle Bells” is particularly wonderful.

Here’s the Joni Mitchell version (complete with Peanuts animation, what could be better?):

Maddy is using the recent Sarah McLachlan version, which brings a whole new generation to this song. Thanks, Sarah!

I feel that teary lump in the throat coming on (and it’s not because Snoopy has better three turns than I do).

Here’s the lyrics (sigh…):

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I’m so hard to handle
I’m selfish and I’m sad
Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Oh, I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby say goodbye

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

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Author: Joskates

Don't see me on the ice? I may be in the classroom or at the theater, or hanging out with my family and friends.

6 thoughts on “Best skating song of all time?

  1. One of our local skaters used the Sarah McLachlan version of this song for a holiday show and it was really lovely. She performed it on an outdoor rink which is actually track shaped and the day of the show was so warm there was a lot of water on the ice. One mom quipped that that day she literally had a river to skate on!

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  2. That is great! It must have been fun (and thankfully warm) to watch!

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  3. Beautiful! Though of course sad. For a show you could cut out the (saddest) middle.

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  4. Absolutely, you could cut the “naughty bits” (à la Monty Python)! Thanks for the comment!

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  5. Greetings from Tokyo where it stays pretty green and doesn’t snow . . .

    Yay! Snoopy’s layback Ina Bauer is graceful, gleeful, and adorable! Thanks for the videos, Jo. I dimly recall the Joni Mitchell song but conveniently blocked out the lyrics. The song is haunting and beautiful.

    Your blog is lovely and thoughtful. I must visit more often. Skate on, Jo, and write on . . . !

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    • Yay, thanks for checking my blog! Tokyo is fabulous: are you going to make a lot of money and quit that crazy scene? I think I’ve been listening to that sad song whaaayyy too much. Will have to find something more lighthearted next time.

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