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SOUND CHECK: A daily sing-along

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accent Grand Forks, 58203
Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

I enjoyed Steve Wagner’s “Songs for running” (in the Aug. 3 Accent on Life and Style), but I am 86 years old, live on a farm and don’t own an iPhone. My running days are a thing of the past, but I take a quarter-mile hike to my mailbox ever day and sing all the way going and returning.

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It’s always the same song I learned in Dwight Sherwood’s chorus class at Central High School in 1943-45. I don’t recall the title, but the words are:

I’m happy when I’m hiking

Pack upon my back.

I’m happy when I’m hiking

Along the railroad track.

All up and down the highway

Along some dusty trail

With a real good friend

To my journey’s end.

Ten, 20, 30, 40, 50 miles a day.

Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp

Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp

Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp!

Of all the songs we learned in Mr. Sherwood’s chorus, that’s the one I sing every day. In the country, I can sing as loud as I like — and no one will report me for disturbing the peace!

—     Marion Hove, Fairdale, N.D.

Do you have a memory tied to a certain song, or a playlist you’d like to share with Herald readers?

Send us your submissions and we may choose to print your favorite songs. Be sure to tell us what makes music, especially your submission, special.

Please email submissions to accent@gfherald.com.

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