When I was young and in my prime I thought I'd go for a river driver And I met an old man on the shore, He said, "Son, better watch white water." Break and go, I tell you so, Logjams like young men like you! I just laughed and I laughed some more - What was I but a bold young rover? And I left him on the shore That was before I knew white water. What was I but a bold young fool And it wasn't long till I learned better That's when young MacPherson drowned He was gone with a roar when the jam turned over. So we dragged him to the shore Carved his name in the bark of a cedar Hung his boots on a hanging limb - Mac had gone too near the water. Logjams come and logjams go - Big or small, they all spell danger, You gotta have an old man on the shore When you're trying to get the key log out from under. Now I heed what the old man said - I listen to the words of the big boss driver When he's standing on the shore Telling young fellows how to handle timber. Break and go, it's now I see Log jams like young men like me!