Row, Row, Row, Your Boat: Its True Meaning Explained — Inspirational Video

“Row, row, row, your boat,

gently down the stream,

merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

life is but a dream.”

Did you sing the song as you read it? Sounds really nostalgic right? Unless, you haven’t gone to school, or never socialized with others in your childhood years, I’m sure that we’re all pretty much aware about this classic children’s song above.

As far as I can remember, this song has been taught to me since I was just 4 years old back when I was in kindergerten. At that time, I simply thought of it as a typical children’s rhyme that talks about rowing your boat and having fun. It wasn’t until the end of last year ( December 31, 2016 to be exact) that I came to realize that this old children’s song has a much deeper and significant meaning than what I used to believe.

Watch the 3 minute video and learn about the song’s  hidden meaning. 🙂

“I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.”

-Arthur Ashe

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  • This was insightful. Who would’ve thought that there was a deeper meaning to Row Your Boat. I like how it reminds us to take control and to soldier on.

  • Ann

    Oh yeah I was definitely singing while reading this post. I started singing this back when I in kindergarten too. And didn’t really give a thought of exactly what this song meant until I read your post. I will be sharing this.

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    This is very interesting. We also took up the hidden meanings of children songs in school before. Rowing means consistently and slowly working at life and rowing towards the end.

  • Kat

    Wonderful interpretation. I was walking with my students months ago and their English assignment is to interpret the meaning of a children’s song. my student mentioned row, row your boat. He also explained something profound about rowing through life.

  • Mash

    Hahah.. yes I actually sang the poem without ever thinking about the interpretation! What a new way to look at it .. you have changed for me you know 😉

  • dmhyf

    I have actually read about this meaning before. I never would have interpreted it that way. There is depth in our nursery rhymes I guess, but we never really give them much thought. – Fred

  • This video is inspirational and allows you to let you live with the flow. We should really enjoy life and live it fully.

  • I came to know about Prince EA very recently when I got one of his inspirational videos (about Chicken & Eagle) on Whatspp! His videos are always awesome!

  • Yes! I was singing the song while reading it. I never thought that the song actually has a deeper meaning. I think I am already living my life as to go with the flow. I am the optimistic kind. This is really an eye opener.

  • Shub RainbowDiaries

    Thanks for sharing about it because I didn’t know about Prince EA. It’s a great interpretation of this popular nursery rhyme…

  • Kathy Andy Ferreira Zegarra

    I did not know this, so thank you very much for sharing it, I have sent it to my friends and they liked it very much.

  • May De Jesus-Palacpac

    ah yes, these nursery rhymes actually have rich histories and meanings far from how they seem. Some of them are actually grim, but I like what Row row row your boat stands for.