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Judith Browning
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I grew up with my mom singing us this song and we sang it with our boys...just found a version on youtube that I like and it struck me that the lyrics could be a description of the permaculture movement in a very light hearted way........sounds like this version has a couple more verses than the lyrics i posted here.




side by side

Oh! We ain't got a barrel of money;
Maybe we're ragged and funny.
But we travel along, singing a song,
Side by side.

Don't know what's comin' tomorrow;
Maybe it's trouble and sorrow,
But we'll travel along, sharin' our load,
Side by side.

Through all kinds of weather,
What if the sky should fall?
Just as long as we're together,
It doesn't matter at all.

When they've all had their quarrels and parted,
We'll be just the same as we started,
Just traveling along, singin' a song,
Side by side.
 
Robert Jordan
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Side by side. Memories memories. Well spotted though putting it in the Permaculture context. It does, rather hit-the-spot.
Permies would match the descriptions. So too a permaculture garden / food forest. Ragged, untidy but happy. Plant guilds supporting each other. Growing well together even if disaster strikes all around us/them. Resilient.
It could well be an Anthem for the movement.
oops, am I getting serious? Scratch that.

'Side' issue: do you know anything about trees and their tap-roots? Paul W says on you tube 'someplace', that seedling trees have deep taproots, but transplants don't. How old a transplant is too old to preserve the taproot?
must ask as a separate topic.
Thanks for the memory.
Ecoboy,
Dublin,Ireland
 
Judith Browning
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hi, Robert, welcome to permies.....I like your forest garden take on this song...maybe that's why it has been popular for so long, written in 1927, we can relate to it in a lot of ways.
along with a new topic for your fruit tree question, maybe try a search in the 'tree' forum for information also.
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