I took Mary-Lou and Sue an afternoon with me,
and I also took along Sarah Lee
As I paddled from the shore it wasn't long before
they got up to sit here close to me.
The front went up, the back went down
I yelled at them: Sit down! Sit down!
Don't stand up in a canoe
That's a silly stupid thing to do
A canoe is not a rowboat, and it's only safe for two
(|:) Sit down, don't stand up in a canoe! (:|)
When I got them to sit down I stopped my paddeling,
took my banjo out and started to play
And then right before my eyes they all jumped up again,
started dancing in a crazy way.
They got mad and told me I could keep my old canoe
Then they jumped in and they swam away
I stood up to call them back, and I fell overboard
From the shore I clearly heard them say:
|: Sit down, don't stand :| up in a canoe!