(source: The first two verses appear in "Jubilee Songbook", p.56; also found in "Our Chalet Songbook", Our Chalet Committee, 1981, and in "Canciones de Nuestra Cabana", World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, 1980. The other verses are "extras" that someone has made up, but are not part of the original song. The story goes that a young girl, laying in her hospital room and dying from cancer, could look out her window and watch the barges passing on a nearby canal. She was inspired to write a song about her wish to be free like them. She was able to write the first two verses and the chorus to the song before she died. Out of respect, the traditional way to sing this song is to sing verses one and two as usual, then hum a third verse to represent the unfinished nature of this song.)
- Barges, I would like to go with you
- I would like to sail the ocean blue
- Barges, have you treasures in your hold
- Do you fight with pirates brave and bold?
Thanks to Sarah Wishert, here's a 3rd verse of Barges:
Thanks to Rebecca Saint for these extra verses!
Thanks to Colleen Beaupre for this extra verse!