Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal

unofficial Erie Canal song sung by

George Levine.


Sal lives at Rome’s Erie Canal Village and still pulls a canal boat

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Forty miles from Albany,

another favorite canal song sung by

George Levine.


Early morning at Lock 24, Baldwinsville

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The popular song “Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal” was written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen after Erie Canal traffic was converted from mules to engines. Allen (1876-1919) was an American vaudeville composer and violinist and one of the early figures in the Tin Pan Alley era of popular music. The song memorializes the years from 1825 to 1880 when mule barges transformed New York State.


The song has become part of the folk repertoire, recorded by folksingers like Glenn Yarborough and Pete Seeger, as well as Bruce Springsteen. Here it is sung by my friend, the late great George Levine of New York City. During the canal season, the song echoes the entire length of the canal on boat cruises and at many canal festivals.

Canal songs, art and literature

The Erie Canal instantly became famous in song and story as a result of the thousands of people who took advantage of the new inland waterway and its faster, smoother mode of travel.

if you can’t play the song, right click here and choose “save as” to download to your computerErie_Canal_Music_files/Sal%20Erie%20Canal%20song.mp3
if you can’t play the song, right click here and choose “save as” to download to your computerErie_Canal_Music_files/40%20miles%20to%20Albany.mp3