Crooked River With Big Old Trees, Ocklawaha, Set Her Free

"Crooked River With Big Old Trees,
Ocklawaha,
Set Her Free"
 
This Webpage Revised:  25 October 2013
 
 
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"Crooked River With Big Old Trees, Ocklawaha, Set Her Free"
By "Ocklawahaman" Paul Nosca (11 July 2012)


Silver Springs to that St. Johns wide
A fifty-six-mile canoeing ride

She lost her freedom at Rodman Dam
Blocking striped bass wasn't Nature's plan

Crooked river, big old trees
Ocklawaha, set her free

That crooked river with them big old trees
The Ocklawaha, let's set her free


Virgin cypress and tall tupelo grow
Artesian springs enter her shaded flow

Catch largemouth bass from my canoe
Remove that Dam, there'll be stripers too

Crooked river, big old trees
Ocklawaha, set her free

That crooked river with them big old trees
The Ocklawaha, let's set her free


Bellowing gators and drake wood ducks
Wild hogs, turkeys, and whitetail bucks

Manatees, black bears, and sandhill cranes
Reckon river water runs through my veins

Crooked river, big old trees
Ocklawaha, set her free

That crooked river with them big old trees
The Ocklawaha, let's set her free

Cry the ghosts of ivorybills--haunting them virgin cypress trees
The Ocklawaha, let's set her free
 
 
NOTE:  Of course "ivorybills" (above) refers to that iconic symbol of the wilderness swamplands of the South--the IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER (Campephilus principalis). Also known as the "Lord God Bird", the last credible ivory-billed woodpecker sighting in the Ocklawaha River basin was in 1951. Many of the Ocklawaha River swamp's remaining ancient baldcypress trees exhibit old & somewhat large nest-cavity holes--quite possibly used in the distant past by ivorybills.
 
 
 
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