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Monday, February 20, 2023

Snow Shanty #2: Heya Ice! Heya Snow!

Good Trouble, with our punny friend Karen Martinson, rewrote some classic sea shanties* for our landlocked Mni'sota winters. They were shared at the Art Shanty Projects festival during the Subzero Singalong this winter 2023 and were a hit!

Central Mni'sota is about to receive a foot or more of snow this week. So, we thought it's a good time to release these for use beyond the Art Shanty festival. Enjoy!

Four shanties were re-worked. Here is numbers two!

* Shanties are work songs so a group, say on a ship, could work in time together. A leader would spool out the first line and everyone would echo it back.

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#2 - Heya Ice, Heya Snow!


Heya Ice, Heya Snow!
Heya Cold, Let the Wind Blow! (x2)

(When) I was a child my mama told me
(There’s) No bad weather, just bad clothing
Layer up warm as the temperature shifts
(And) Dig our cars out of the snowdrifts

Heya Ice, Heya Snow!
Heya Cold, Let the Wind Blow! (x2)

Polar Bear plunge gives you bragging rights
Need stories to tell through the long dark nights.
Old man Blizzard ain’t scaring no one
We lived through Halloween 1991!

Heya Ice, Heya Snow!
Heya Cold, Let the Wind Blow! (x2)

Get outside for your Vitamin D
Snowshoe, sled or nordic ski!
Beat your SAD with the winter sun
Get your blood moving and have some fun

Heya Ice, Heya Snow!
Heya Cold, Let the Wind Blow! (x2)

We welcome winter, bring it on!
If your face ain’t numb you’re doing it wrong!
Living up north makes the soul grow strong!
If you need to keep warm just sing this song!

Heya Ice, Heya Snow!
Heya Cold, Let the Wind Blow! (x2)
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What verses would you add? Drop them in the comments!

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