Document Based Questions from Mr. Cuomo's 3rd Grade Class

"Low Bridge, Everybody Down (The Erie Canal)"
by Thomas S. Allen

I've got a mule, and her name is Sal,
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal.
She's a good ol' worker an' a good ol' pal,
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal.
We've hauled some barges in our day,
Filled with lumber, coal, and hay,
And we know every inch of the way
From Albany to Buffalo.

Low bridge, everybody down!
Low bridge, for we're comin' through a town!
And you'll always know your neighbor,
You'll always know your pal,
If you've ever navigated on the Erie Canal.

We'd better look around for a job, ol' gal,
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal!
'Cause you bet your life I'd never part with Sal,
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal!
Git up there, mule, here comes a lock,
We'll make Rome 'bout six o'clock,
One more trip and back we'll go
Right back home to Buffalo.



Explain the main idea of this song.

Give an example of some of the products that were shipped on the Erie Canal.

Can you predict when this song was written? Explain



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Mr. Cuomo's Third Grade Class
Ludlum Elementary School
Hempstead, New York