Rolled on Columbia
By Andy Kerr (with no apologies to Woody Guthrie)
Green Douglas-fir where the waters cut through,
Down the wild canyons and valleys she flew;
But now you are stagnant and we are so blue,
Rolled on Columbia, rolled on.
Rolled on, Columbia, rolled on;
Rolled on, Columbia, rolled on.
Your damns have turned our lifeline to pus,
So rolled the Columbia, rolled on.
Many great rivers added water to you:
Yakima, Snake, and the Klickitat, too;
Sandy Willamette and Hood River too,
Rolled on Columbia, rolled on. (Chorus)
At Bonneville now there's a damn in the path,
the waters have risen and buried the grass;
Most of the salmon now fail to pass,
Rolled on Columbia rolled on. (Chorus)
And on up the river are many more damns,
The biggest slackwater ever built by man;
To make aluminum foil and all those beer cans,
It's rolled on Columbia, rolled on. (Chorus)
Barges of wheat float by on the muck,
While the few salmon ride in a government truck.
It's simply another corporate ----,
So rolled the Columbia, rolled on. (Chorus)
Those mighty bastards labored by day and by night,
Matching their greed 'gainst the river's wild flight;
The rapids and falls they lost the hard fight,
Rolled on, Columbia, rolled on. (Chorus)
Conservationists labored by day and by night,
Seeking to restore the river's wild flight;
So Celilo Falls may again be in sight,
Roll on Columbia, roll on! (New Chorus)
New Chorus (with gusto):
Roll on Columbia, roll on;
Roll on Columbia, roll on.
Your waters again will flow free and clear,
So roll on, Columbia, roll on.
At Bonneville soon there'll be a hole in the locks,
The waters will lower and clear all the rocks;
And salmon again will build up their stocks,
Roll on Columbia, roll on. (New Chorus)