We begin with a Canadian love story, starring a log driver, a member of that remarkably agile class of loggers whose specialty is preventing logs from bunching up and snarling the progress of other logs as they are driver downriver to lumber mills.
Augmenting the song is an animation, and the whole package has made the cartoon short one of the most-requested offerings from the the National Film Board of Canada:
Canada Vignettes: Log Driver’s Waltz
This lighthearted, animated short is based on the song “The Log Driver’s Waltz” by Wade Hemsworth. Easily one of the most often-requested films in the NFB collection, Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing along to the tale of a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to marry a log driver over his more well-to-do competitor. Driving logs down the river has made the young man the best dancing partner to be found.
Directed by John Weldon – 1979
And we could hardly offer a song about Canadian loggers without adding a very famous song from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, from whom we’ve also taken the title of our regular feature:
Monty Python- Lumberjack Song
And while we’re at it, how about a rendering of the Python favorite in German, a language to which it seems remarkably suited: