Clouds, Like Sailing Boats

Such a beautiful afternoon, edging the pond.  I really enjoyed observing the large numbers of water fowl, birds and muskrats.  So much calling out, of every variety.

In grade school, I used to play a clapping song with my dear friends and sing, at the same time,

“Like snow-white sailing boats,
On a blue sea’
High in the heavens
the clouds float so free.
If I could fly to one
If I could ride on one,
Sailing and sailing,
what pleasure ‘twould be.”

Today was a day just like that childhood song, captured in a few words…but, oh soooo big!

This from inside a Sing Song book….

And…the rest of the lyrics.

Cloud Ships
Tyrolese Folk Song
Like snow white sailing boats on a blue sea,
High in the skies are clouds floating free.
If I could fly to one, if I might ride to one,
Sailing and sailing, what pleasure ‘t would be!
Like white sailing boats on a blue sea, blue sea,
High in the skies are clouds floating free.
If I could fly to one, if I might ride to one,
Sailing and sailing, what pleasure ‘t would be!

I should look down from my ship in the sky,
On cities, forests, and lakes passing by;
I should sail far away, and at the close of day
Anchor my cloud to a mountain top high.
I should look down from my ship in the sky, the sky,
On cities, forests, and lakes passing by;
I should sail far away, and at the close of day
Anchor my cloud to a mountain top high.

6 thoughts on “Clouds, Like Sailing Boats

  1. My mother, born in the 1920s in New England, taught us this sailing boats song which we sang in 2 part harmony. I have always loved it and wonder where it came from. If you have any information, I would love an email. Thanks

    • Christine, were the words the same as I have written here? I’m concerned my childhood memory went wrong. We did a clapping game with the words, while singing and I still remember that. When I went looking I couldn’t find the music anywhere.

    • Christine…found this just now, in a Brownie sing song book.

      Cloud Ships
      Tyrolese Folk Song
      Like snow white sailing boats on a blue sea,
      High in the skies are clouds floating free.
      If I could fly to one, if I might ride to one,
      Sailing and sailing, what pleasure ‘t would be!
      Like white sailing boats on a blue sea, blue sea,
      High in the skies are clouds floating free.
      If I could fly to one, if I might ride to one,
      Sailing and sailing, what pleasure ‘t would be!

      I should look down from my ship in the sky,
      On cities, forests, and lakes passing by;
      I should sail far away, and at the close of day
      Anchor my cloud to a mountain top high.
      I should look down from my ship in the sky, the sky,
      On cities, forests, and lakes passing by;
      I should sail far away, and at the close of day
      Anchor my cloud to a mountain top high.

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