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Thread #30604   Message #394390
Posted By: Dave (the ancient mariner)
09-Feb-01 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Northwest Passage (Stan Rogers)
Subject: Lyr Add: NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Stan Rogers)
(Stan Rogers)
As recorded by Stan Rogers on "Northwest Passage" (1981)

CHORUS: Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

1. Westward from the Davis Strait, 'tis there 'twas said to lie:
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;
Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones. CHORUS

2. Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his "sea of flowers" began,
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain. CHORUS

3. And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west,
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest,
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me,
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea. CHORUS

4. How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life; I threw it all away
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men,
To find there but the road back home again. CHORUS

[Copyright Fogarty's Cove Music]