Roll down to Rio

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I've never sailed the Amazon,
I've never reached Brazil.
But the Don and the Magdalena,
They can go there when they will.

Yes, weekly from Southampton
Great steamers white and gold
Go rolling down to Rio
(Roll down, roll down to Rio!)
And I'd like to roll to Rio
Some day before I'm old.

I've never seen a jaguar
Nor yet an armadil
A-dilloing in his armour
And I s'pose I never will.

Unless I go to Rio
Those wonders to behold
And I'd like to roll to Rio
(Roll really down to Rio!)
I'd like to roll to Rio
Some day before I'm old.

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from 52 Folk Songs: Orange, released June 11, 2012
Poem: Rudyard Kipling
Arrangement: Peter Bellamy
Phil Edwards: voice and English concertina

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