Spirited Canadian folk song and traditional work song which refers to the small hoisting steam engines used in the logging industry to load cargo, known as “donkeys”.
Key: D major
Range: D4 - D5
Age group: 12 and under
Teaching strategy: Singing rhythmically in 2/4, dynamic contrasts, storytelling. Research the “donkeys”, the history of logging and the places mentioned in the song. The optional harmony on the chorus is a good introduction to singing with a partner.