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Songs That Mention Canadian Places

Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 06:47 AM
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Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 06:55 AM
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Mr Happy 11 Jul 08 - 07:01 AM
Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 07:02 AM
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Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 07:17 AM
Ruth Archer 11 Jul 08 - 07:25 AM
quokka 11 Jul 08 - 07:26 AM
Beer 11 Jul 08 - 07:29 AM
Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 07:33 AM
irishenglish 11 Jul 08 - 07:47 AM
Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 07:50 AM
Terry McDonald 11 Jul 08 - 07:51 AM
Mooh 11 Jul 08 - 07:57 AM
Mooh 11 Jul 08 - 07:59 AM
Mooh 11 Jul 08 - 08:00 AM
Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 08:02 AM
Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 08:13 AM
GUEST,hilo 11 Jul 08 - 08:16 AM
oldhippie 11 Jul 08 - 08:17 AM
Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 08:28 AM
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bobad 11 Jul 08 - 08:30 AM
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topical tom 11 Jul 08 - 09:32 AM
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topical tom 11 Jul 08 - 09:39 AM
Beer 11 Jul 08 - 09:44 AM
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Beer 11 Jul 08 - 09:49 AM
GUEST,Neil D 11 Jul 08 - 10:17 AM
cetmst 11 Jul 08 - 10:20 AM
GUEST,HiLo 11 Jul 08 - 10:23 AM
GUEST,rasberry cream 11 Jul 08 - 10:36 AM
GUEST,Neil D 11 Jul 08 - 10:51 AM
bubblyrat 11 Jul 08 - 11:07 AM
bankley 11 Jul 08 - 11:21 AM
GUEST,HiLo 11 Jul 08 - 11:25 AM
GUEST,Songs of The Underground Railroad 11 Jul 08 - 11:33 AM
bankley 11 Jul 08 - 11:38 AM
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Metchosin 11 Jul 08 - 12:23 PM
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Terry McDonald 11 Jul 08 - 12:32 PM
Azizi 11 Jul 08 - 12:48 PM
Lord Batman's Kitchener 11 Jul 08 - 12:52 PM
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Selchie - (RH) 11 Jul 08 - 01:02 PM
GUEST,Bardford 11 Jul 08 - 01:05 PM
Beer 11 Jul 08 - 01:20 PM
ClaireBear 11 Jul 08 - 01:26 PM
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topical tom 11 Jul 08 - 08:52 PM
John on the Sunset Coast 11 Jul 08 - 08:54 PM
CupOfTea 11 Jul 08 - 11:16 PM
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Azizi 14 Jul 08 - 08:04 AM
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Subject: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:47 AM

What songs do you know that mention geographical places in Canada?*

I can think of a few, but I'm sure that folks here know more.

Join me in a light hearted, or heavy duty [whichever you prefer] song journey to Canada. Poems & rhymes can also be included in this thread, if you know any.

**

*This thread is dedicated to all geographically challenged, United States centric people-like me-who thought that "Quebec" and "Ontario" were cities, and who didn't know that "states" in Canada are called "provinces". Not that this thread will help much with that...

I'm sorry, Mudcat Canadian-you know who you are-for my recent geographical mistake.

**

Thanks, in advance for your participation in this thread!

Enjoy!!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:55 AM

Aziza,
Quebec is a province but it is also a city, and it's capital. Have fun.
Beer
(adrien)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:55 AM

Movin' right along in search of good times and good news,
With good friends, you can't lose,
This could become a habit.
Opportunity knocked once, let's reach out and grab it,
Together we'll nab it.
We'll hitch-hike, bus, or yellow cab it.

Movin' right along, foot-loose and fancy free.
Gettin' there is half the fun; come share it with me.
Movin' right along (doog-a-doon, doog-a-doon)
We'll learn to share the load.
We don't need a map to keep this show on the road.

Movin' right along we found a life on the highway,
And your way is my way, so trust my navigation.
California here we come, that pie-in-the-sky land.
Palm trees and warm sand, though sadly we just left Rhode Island.

Movin' right along, hey, L.A., where've you gone?
Send someone to fetch us, we're in Saskatchewan.
Movin' right along (doog-a-doon, doog-a-doon)
You take it, you know best.
Hey, I've never seen the sun come up in the West.

Movin' right along, we're truly birds of a feather,
We're in this together, and you know where you're goin'.
Movie stars with flashy cars and life with the top down.
We're stormin' the big town.
Yeah! Storm is right, should it be snowin'?

Movin' right along, do I see signs of men?
Yeah, "welcome" on the same post that says "come back again."
Movin' right along, foot-loose and fancy free.
You're ready for the big time, is it ready for me?

Movin' right along
Movin' right along

http://www.lyricsdownload.com/muppets-movin-right-along-lyrics.html

**
Link to a YouTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w316aA8ed8
The Muppet Movie - Movin' Right Along

**
Info from http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Movin'_Right_Along :

Music by   Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams
Date   1979
Source   The Muppet Movie


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:58 AM

Canadian Pacific?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3azZYlhrLiw


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:01 AM

Farewell to Nova Scotia

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0v3MAaQLSSI


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:02 AM

What?! What's that you say?

Quebec is a province and a city?!

Why, who ever heard of such a thing? I mean us UnitedStaters would never do anything so confusing as that.

What?? You say there's New York, New York?

Oh.

**

Here's a link to Quebec's Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec

It comes with a map so folks like me can see where that province is located.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:14 AM

Okay. Now I know that Quebec City is the capital of Quebec.

But New York City isn't the capital of New York state. The capital of New York state is...um...um-Wait a minute.. Yeah, it's Albany.

{Albany?!}

**

Btw, I now know that Montreal is a city in Quebec which means it's in Canada, and Toronto is a city in Ontario, and Ontario is a province in Canada which means that Toronto is a city in Canada.

[I confess that I used to think that Montreal, Toronto, and Ontario were all US cities.}

Then there's Vancouver, Canada and Vancouver, USA.

So do you blame me for being confused?

You do?

Oh.

Okay. I'll try to be more geographically correct.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:17 AM

Movin right along...back to the songs, here's one from http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/5170/cffolk.html, a Girl Guide page. This was listed on the folk songs page:


Donkey Riding

Chorus: Hey ho, away we go
Donkey riding, donkey riding
Hey ho, away we go
Riding on a donkey

Were you ever in Quebec?
Stowing timber on the deck
Where there's a king with a golden crown
Riding on a donkey

Were you ever round the horn?
Where it's always fine and warm
See the lion and the unicorn
Riding on a donkey

Were you ever in Cardiff Bay?
Where the folks all shout, "Hurray!"
Here comes John with his three months pay
Riding on a donkey

Were you ever in Timbucktoo?
Where the Girl Guides dress in blue
Where they come to welcome you
Riding on a donkey

Were you ever in Ottawa,
Strangest place I ever saw,
Where the mounties keep the law
Riding on a donkey?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:25 AM

Think I'll go out to Alberta,
weather's good there in the fall
Got some friends that I can go to workin' for...


Four Strong Winds


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: quokka
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:26 AM

Barett's Privateers (Stan Rogers)...
"I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett's Privateers"
Cheers,
Quokka


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:29 AM

Not sure that Stan was referring to Halifax Nova Scotia in that song. Would have to check.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:33 AM

In case you didn't get it, not all the place names in that "Donkey Riding" song are from Canada.

"Cardiff Bay (Welsh: Bae Caerdydd) is the area created by the Cardiff Barrage in South Cardiff, Wales. The regeneration of Cardiff Bay is now widely regarded as one of the most successful regeneration projects in the UK"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Bay

-snip-


"Timbuktu (Archaic English: Timbuctoo; Koyra Chiini: Tumbutu; French: Tombouctou) is a city in Tombouctou Region, in the West African nation of Mali. It is home to the prestigious Sankore University and other madrasas, and was an intellectual and spiritual capital and centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbuktu

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But what horn are they talkin 'bout that you gotta go around?
??

Maybe those words refer to "Cape Horn" [at the] Southern extremity of South America. Located on Horn Island in the southern Tierra del Fuego archipelago, it projects south into Drake Passage. It was named Hoorn for the birthplace of Dutch navigator Willem Schouten, who rounded it in 1616. Navigation of the rough waters around the cape is hazardous, and the climate is windy and cold year-round".
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1B1-367360.html

Hmm. Maybe this thread can be helpful for geographically challenged people like me.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: irishenglish
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:47 AM

A variant of Donkey Riding has it being around Cape Horn. Azizi, you will hear lots of Canadian place names in artists like Stan Rogers, Great Big Sea, and lots more. GBS constantly name drop Newfoundland locales-Petty Harbor, Merasheen,Fortune Bay. You also have a song done by many people over the years I believe, Farewell To Nova Scotia.

By the way, in terms of Atlantic Canada, I know a lot from Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Newfoundland. Does anyone know of anything particularly native to Prince Edward Island? (Besides Anne Of Green Gables)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:50 AM

"Alberta let your hair hang low
I saw her first on an april morn'
As she walked through the mist in a field of hay
Her hair lit the world with its golden glow
And the smile on her face burned my heart away" *
-snip-

Oh.. Sorry, that song is talking about a woman named "Alberta" and not the Canadian province named "Alberta":

"Alberta (IPA: /ælˈbɝtə/) is one of Canada's prairie provinces. It became a province on September 1, 1905.

Alberta is located in western Canada, bounded by the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, Northwest Territories to the north, and by the U.S. state of Montana to the south. Alberta is one of three provinces and territories (the others being New Brunswick and Yukon) to border only a single U.S. state. It is also one of two provinces that are land-locked (the other being Saskatchewan)".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta

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*from http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/watson-doc/alberta-1518.html


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:51 AM

There's Lenny Gallant's 'Nelly J. Banks' which starts:
We left St Pierre in the month of May
Prince Edward Island Bound....

and includes a couple of refences to places on PEI.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Mooh
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:57 AM

There has to be a lot of Stompin' Tom Connors songs...

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Mooh
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:59 AM

Runnin' back to Saskatoon, The Guess Who.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Mooh
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:00 AM

Helpless, Neil Young.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:02 AM

Then there's the song "Peace In The Valley". Maybe that song counts because there's a river in Alberta, Canada named "Peace River" and there's also a town in Alberta named "Peace River."

No? Songs with the word "Peace" in them don't count in this thread?

Oh, alright. Spoils sport.

**

But just because...here's some information about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_River_(Canada) anyway.

"The Peace River (French: rivière de la Paix) is a river in Canada that originates in the Rocky Mountains of northern British Columbia and flows through northern Alberta...

Alexander Mackenzie travelled up the river to the Continental Divide.[1] Mackenzie referred to the river as "Unjegah", from a native word meaning "large river". The Peace River, or Unchaga or Unjaja, was named after Peace Point near Lake Athabasca, where the Treaty of the Peace came authorized with the smoking of a peace pipe. The treaty ended the decades of hostilities between the Beaver (Athapascan branch) and the Cree in which the Cree dominated the Beaver until a smallpox epidemic in 1781 decimated the Cree. The treaty made the Beaver stay north of the river and the Cree south...

-snip-

And did you know that there's a Slave River in Canada?

"The Slave River is a Canadian river that flows from Lake Athabasca in northeastern Alberta and empties into Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.

This river's name is thought to come from the Athabaskan "Deh Gah Got'ine", the name for the Slavey group of the Dene First Nations.[1] The Chipewyan had displaced other native people from this region".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_River

-snip-

But that's also a whole 'nuther subject.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:13 AM

Here's a Mudcat thread about a song that mentions some Canadian place names:

thread.cfm?threadid=72423
Lyr Req: Sally Gribble ! (I'se The B'y)

Here's the words found in that thread [excerpted from a post by
Turlough on 13 Aug 04:

I'se The B'y

I'se The B'y that builds the boat and
I'se The B'y that sails her and
I'se The B'y that catches the fish and
Brings 'em home to Liza

Chorus:
Hip-yer-partner Sally Tibbo
Hip-yer-partner Sally Brown
Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour,
All around the circle

Sods and rinds to cover your flake,
Cake and tea for supper
Cod fish in the spring of the year,
Fried in maggoty butter

Chorus

I don't want your maggoty fish
They're no good for winter
Well I can buy as good as that,
Way down in Bonavista!

Chorus

I took Liza to a dance,
As fast as she can travel,
And every step that she could take,
Was up to her knees in gravel

Chorus

Susan White she's outta sight,
Her petticoat wants a border,
Well old Sam Oliver in the dark,
He kissed her in the corner!

Chorus

I'se The B'y that builds the boat and
I'se The B'y that sails her and
I'se The B'y that catches the fish and
Brings 'em home to Liza

Chorus

-snip-

I'm assuming Fogo, Twillingate, Morton's Harbour are places in Canada. [??]


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,hilo
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:16 AM

Farewell To Nava Scotia, She's Called Nova Scotia, Caledonia, Springhill Mine Disaster, Barretts' Privateers, The Rawdon Hills, Bluenose In the Sun, Out On The Mira,Orangedale Whistle, Fogartys' Cove, Moose River Mine,We Are An Island, Cape Breton Lullaby,Gillis Mountain, You're So Vain, Citadel Hill, Cape Breton Lullabye...........and we haven't left Nova Scotia!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: oldhippie
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:17 AM

David Rovics - "I wish I was in Vancouver, at the Cannabis Cafe....."


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:28 AM

Here's an YouTube clip of an instrumental version of I'se The Bye:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj3JXIAzM5Q

Live at Erins pub From Rigs Jigs And Songs From The Heart mid 1980's
Dermot O'Reilly.....'I'se The B'y

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And here's a YouTube clip of Dick Nolan singing I'se The B'y:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsDalYDZ500&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:30 AM

My thanks to all those who have added songs and comments to this thread.

Keep'em coming!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bobad
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:30 AM

Blue Canadian Rockies

In the blue Canadian rockies
Spring is silent through the trees
And the golden poppies are blooming
round the banks of Lake Louise

Now, oh, how my lonely heart is aching tonight
For that girl I left behind
And, oh, what Id give if I could be there tonight
With the sweetheart who's waitin' for me

In the blue Canadian rockies
Spring is silent through the trees
And the golden poppies are blooming
round the banks of Lake Louise

Across the sea they call me
And on and on a love so true
For the blue Canadian rockies
And the one I love to see
And the one I love to see


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,HughM
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:33 AM

Stan Rogers' North-West Passage song refers to "the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort sea". I believe Franklin is a district of north-west Canada. Is the "hand of Franklin" something to do with this?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:34 AM

Have confirmed that Barett's Privateers song which mention's Halifax and Sherbrooke is in fact the places in Nova Scotia.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bobad
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:36 AM

HughM, read about the Franklin expedition


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: quokka
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:48 AM

Thanks for checking that out, Beer, I'm Australian and confess I don't know a lot about Canadian place-names. There is another song that mentions Halifax by an Australian folk-rock band Weddings Parties Anything -'Knockbacks in Halifax'
Cheers,
Quokka


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Deeps
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:52 AM

The Toronto Song
Last Saskatchewan Pirate

Both by the Arrogant Worms


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:56 AM

"They hop a late Greyhound in Red Deer going southbound
that rolls through the small towns like fast 'voulez-vous'
He's teaching her new sounds, her English is broken
It's not often spoken back in Riviere de Loup..

she said

'I hope not to catch you on une fille you find finer
   hespecially a minor, not growed-up like me'...
As they slid through Saskatchewan, west of Regina
Ten days before Christmas, they were unwashed and free"

from 'White coated Coulees'.. a song about young buskers north of 49.

(one of mine)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:02 AM

Four Strong Winds, Bud The Spud, Alberta Bound, Sudbury Saturday Night, Brave Wolf, Escarpment Blues, Song For Sharon.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Michele Callaghan
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:17 AM

How about Fundy Bay, sung by Geoff Kaufmann? It is a beautiful song.

Michele C.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: topical tom
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:32 AM

"Marion Bridge": one of the most beautiful songs ever penned.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,hilo
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:35 AM

is that a different song from" out on the Mira" ?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: topical tom
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:39 AM

GUESThilo: No, I believe it's the same song. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:44 AM

Song for the Mira is the title. Can't sing that one enough.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:44 AM

"Song For The Mira"


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 09:49 AM

Peter Emberley


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 10:17 AM

Azizi, just a little piece of pedantic trivia, which may also add to historic knowledge of Canada. The song I'se the B'y does list Canadian place names now, but didn't when it originated. How can this be you ask? All of the place names in the song are in Newfoundland which was not part of Canada until 1949. Newfies like to say that's when Canada decided to join THEM. Since the song is much older than 1949 places like Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbor and Bonavista were not Canadian then, but are now.
   Also, I don't think anyone has mentioned "Canadian Railway Trilogy" by Gordon Lightfoot.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: cetmst
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 10:20 AM

Just a few from a cursory search:
Where the Peace River Flows
Ballad of New Scotland, ca 1750
Fire on the Water - ship disasters, Great Lakes, Montreal
Maid of Tidehead
Yukon Steve and Alaska Ann
Montreal - Wade Hemsworth
Montreal December '89 - Judy Small
Ballad of St. Ann's Reel
Scarborough Settler's Lament
Black Fly - Wade Hemsworth, Ontario
Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
Banks of Newfoundland
Winnipeg Whore
Alberta Homesteader
Sally Greer - Quebec
Prince Edward Island Murder


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 10:23 AM

Woman of Labrador, Red Brother, Red Sister.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,rasberry cream
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 10:36 AM

Picking up from another thread on this board, Boo Hewerdine recorded a song called 'Ontario' which kinda qualifies. It's on an EP he did a couple of years back.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 10:51 AM

Here is a video for Canadian Railroad Trilogy with some beautiful images of Canada.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bubblyrat
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:07 AM

Alberta Bound ( Gordon Lightfoot ) , is especially good, as it mentions, as well as the eponymous province, the city of Toronto , where, apparently, you can get a "Honey", ( if you have the money ). I had one once (from Scarborough ,in "Tronner" ), and she was very nice, too !!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:21 AM

'John McLean' ,
'Great Lakes People',
'Pontiac',
'Ballad of Louis Riel',
'The Covenant Chain'
'Big Bear'
'Ballad of Crowfoot'

just a few written by Willie Dunn


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:25 AM

Please, who is Willy Dunn ?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Songs of The Underground Railroad
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:33 AM

Oh righteous Father,
Wilt thou pity me,
And aid me to Canada,
Where all the slaves are free!

Source: The Story of Underground Railroad by Conrad Stein


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:38 AM

Willie is a First Nations singer/songwriter/film-maker...Micmac,, one of the first to sing about this land from an Aboriginal perspective..
there's was only a handful in the 60's... Buffy, Floyd Westerman, Peter LaFarge, Pat Sky, Jesse Ed Davis, Shingoose.... that's all I can think of.... now there's hundreds... good to see... and Willie is still truckin' along.... a close friend...


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:56 AM

Joni Mitchell mentions Maidstone in Song For Sharon on Hejira. I think that Maidstone is in Canada. It's also my hometown in Kent (UK).


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 12:06 PM

Ron Hynes and Murray MacLaughlin's 'No Chnage in Me' has the great opening line of:

You could shoot off a cannon in the middle of Bond
And attract no attention in downtown St John's

There's also Gary O'Driscoll's 'Out from St Leonards' which as well as the place named in the title also mentions Placentia and Stephenville (and Toslow, and Toronto)

Both are Newfoundland songs of course.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Metchosin
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 12:23 PM

Here's one from Vancouver Island, Azizi, that I posted a number of years ago and which still doesn't seem to be in the DT        

Are You From Bevan?        

Location: Vancouver Island
Date: 1912 to 1915 (see notes)
Informant: Words and Music by Phil Thomas
Source: Thomas, Philip J. Songs of the Pacific Northwest.
Saanichton, B.C.: Hancock House Publishers Ltd., 1979. 131.

Are You From Bevan?

Well, hello, stranger, how do you do?
There's something I'd like to say to you.
You seem surprised I recognize;
I'm no company stool but I just surmise
You're from the place I'm longing to be.
Your smiling face seems to say to me
You're from the island, your land and my land,
So tell me can it be-

Chorus
Are you from Bevan? I said from Bevan
Where those fields of stumps they beckon to me.
I'm glad to see you!
Tell me how be you,
And those friends I'm longing to see?
If you're from Union Bay or Courtenay or Cumberland
Any place below that Bevan second dam-
Are you from Bevan? I said from Bevan,
'Cause I'm from Bevan too!

Now it was way back in 19 and 12
Our gas committee was put on the shelf.
First we walked out, then we were locked out-
Then by a foul we were all but knocked out.
Our union miners faced guns and jail,
Hundreds of us were held without bail, But by August 1914 our labor they were courting,
But they blacklisted me-

Chorus

"Are You From Bevan?" is a mixture of nostalgia and grim recollection. The song tells in brief the story of a two-year episode in the long struggle of the coal miners of Vancouver Island to have the major mine owners accept their right to form a union.

In the song a man-no longer a coal miner on the island-hails another whom he remembers from one of the colliery communities in the Cumberland area. He recalls the incident which precipitated the two-year dispute, the firing and blacklisting of the miners' representative on a Gas Committee at one of the Dominion Collieries' mines. He then tells of the men's reaction in Cumberland in September, 1912, where the blacklisted miner had sought work only to be turned away by the management.

They took a joint "holiday" to protest this discrimination and to discuss what further they should do. The next day the management ordered them to take their tools from the mine unless they would sign individual two-year contracts. The song then refers to the "foul" that nearly knocked them out.

The "foul" was collusion in strike-breaking activities between the provincial government of McBride and Bowser and the owners of Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd.

The strike-breaking included: employment in Cumberland of imported miners and Chinese labourers whom the employers were able to intimidate; turning a mine and its townsite into an armed camp with special police and eventually with militia; condoning of armed strike-breakers at Extension, near Nanaimo, when there was no evidence to suggest that the strikers were armed or intending to arm themselves; arrest by duplicity of men gathered in Nanaimo in peaceful assembly; and finally maintaining military rule over the entire mining area to ensure that no union organization could possibly succeed."*

*From -Philip Thomas, Songs of the Pacific Northwest


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 12:26 PM

Maidstone is in Sask. I believe that Joni M. was either born there or raised there.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 12:32 PM

To bring in a province that's yet to be mentioned (I think) there's 'Peter Emberley' which tells how young Peter (from PEI) goes to New Brunswick and is killed in an accident whilst working in the lumber industry. It mentions his burial place as Boiestown, about 40 miles from Fredricton.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 12:48 PM

Songs are such a great way to learn about history, culture, and geography :o)

Thanks to all who have posted on this thread thus far!

My preference is that people post lyrics, comments, questions and/or video clips of songs and not just lists of song titles. But "whatever rocks your boat" since it's "different strokes for different folks"* :o))


* These are just some attempted witticism. As I'm still stuck on the I'se the B'y" song. NeilD, thanks for that information about that song which I didn't know until I started hanging out on Mudcat towards the end of 2004. And I just figured out today that "b'y" in that song is a contraction of the word "boy"-or at least I think it is...

**

Also special thanks to Hilo for asking the question about Willy Dunn. And another special thanks Ron Bankley for sharing the lyrics to your song. Is there a song clip of it online and if so would you provide a link so we can hear it?

**
Btw, rasberry cream, what's an "EP"?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Lord Batman's Kitchener
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 12:52 PM

EP- extended play 45 rpm, with generally four tracks

Examples:
The Beatles


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,David
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 12:57 PM

Chris Hastings and Huw Pudner have got a song called "The Galway Kate" which is about the famine ships leaving Ireland for North America.St Mary's Bay in Newfoundland gets a mention in the last verse.
David


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Selchie - (RH)
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 01:02 PM

Tanglefoot's Vimy:

http://www.tanglefootmusic.com/music/lyrics/mtw.htm#vimy


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Bardford
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 01:05 PM

Here's a plethora, eh?:


Songs About Canada


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 01:20 PM

Honest Working Man Written by ? Sung by Catherine McKinnon (sp.)



chorus:
    'Way down in East Cape Breton, where they knit the sock and mitten
    Chezzetcook is represented by the husky black and tan.
    May they never be rejected, and home rule be protected
    And always be connected with the honest working man!

1. What raises high my dander, next door lives a Newfoundlander
   Whose wire you cannot stand her, since high living she began,
   Along with the railroad rackers, also the codfish packers,
   Who steal the cheese and crackers from the honest working man.

2. When leaves fall in the autumn and fish freeze to the bottom,
   They take a three-ton schooner and go round the western shore;
   They load her with provisions, hard tack and codfish mizzens,
   The like I never heard of since the downfall of Bras d'Or.

3. The man who mixes mortar gets a dollar and a quarter,
   The sugar-factory worker, he gets a dollar ten,
   While there's my next-door neighbor, who subsists on outside labour,
   In the winter scarcely earns enough to feed a sickly hen.

4. They cross the Bay of Fundy, they reach her ona Monday:
   Do you see my brother Angus? Now tell me if you can.
   He was once a soap-box greasman, but now he is a policeman
   Because he could not earn a living as an honest working man.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CASCA AND THE WHITEHORSE BURNED DOWN
From: ClaireBear
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 01:26 PM

"Valparaiso in a Rowboat" by Zeke Hoskins is about Windsor, Ontario.

"Lonely Yukon Stars," my favorite Riders in the Sky song, is of course about the Yukon Territory.

Numerous Stringband songs I know or half-know are about places in Canada.

Here's one Stringband song I believe I know by heart. It's about the demise, in Whitehorse by arson in 1974, of two of the last sternwheelers on the Yukon River (you can read about this event, and see photos, here. I love everything about this song, but especially the small positive vignette Bob was able to pull out of this sad story:

THE CASCA AND THE WHITEHORSE BURNED DOWN
By Bob Bossin

We could smell the smoke just as soon as we awoke
On a ridge running east from town
I put the coffee on, a thermos took along
When the Casca and the Whitehorse burned down.

The city volunteers pumped water from the river
To try and hose the old boats down
But the old wood was so dry and the flames they rose so high
That the Casca and the Whitehorse burned down.

"Fire!" he cried. "Fire on the river!"
Muddy waters rollin' deep and brown
Old man callin' down along the river
When the Casca and the Whitehorse burned down.

Old Captain Jim O'Hara he was sittin' in a lawnchair
And damned if that old man didn't laugh.
He pointed to the smoke, a-rising from the stack
And said, "When did you last see that?"

Fifteen cord to Dawson and a hundred comin' back
Look down how those muddy waters roll
The churning paddlewheel raisin' rainbows in the wake
And hear that old steamwhistle blow.

Fireweed, the perfume of the smoke
Muddy waters rollin' deep and brown
Pink ladies down in Dawson all come out to watch the boats
When the Casca and the Whitehorse come down.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Hi Lo
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 01:34 PM

I am sorry Azizi, of course I should heve given artists names..so here thet are..You're so vain -Carly Simon, Cidadel Hill, of this I am not sure but I have heard many people do it. Cape Breton Lullaby-Catherine MacKinnon, Farewell to Nova Scotia, lots of versions of this but Catherine Ms, version is the best known.She's called Nova Scotia-Rita MacNiel, The Following by Stan Rodgers-Barretts Privateers, Forgartys Cove, Bluenose In The Sun, Rawdon Hills.Gillis Mountain, The Rankins, Ballad of Springhill-ewan mccoll. Orangedale Whistle is also by the Rankins, Caledonia is from a song sung by Ambie Thomas but is best known in the version by Norma Waterson. These all have to do with places in the Prov. of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.
Red Brother, Red Sister is by Bruce Cockburn, Four Stong Winds and Brave Wolf are sung by Ian and Sylvia. Woman of Labrador has been covered many times but I am most familiar with the version by Pamela Morgan.Bud The Spud and Sudbury Saturday Night are both by Tom Connors.Escarpment Blues is by Sarah Harner, Song for Sharon is by Joni Mitchell.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 02:06 PM

From one version of the Irish song, The Green Fields of America (place names are sometimes in a different order in the verse):

There's rum in Toronto at a shilling a bottle
There's ale in New Brunswick at a penny a glass
There's wine in that fine town they call Montreal, boys
And the devil be with us, if we don't take a glass


And this one is from Newfoundland. See the link for the whole version, which mentions some additional places, but here's the first verse:

Harbour Grace


Harbour Grace is a very nice place
And so is the Bay of Islands,
So we give three cheers for Carbonear
When the boys come home from swilin'.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Zhenya
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 02:08 PM

Sorry - that last message about Harbour Grace was from me. I forgot I had to clear my cookies to unfreeze my system a few minutes ago.
Zhenya


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 02:12 PM

Both Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot have dwelt on Canadian themes in their songs. But what I remember best is the imagery in their music, the references to Canada's native people, the unique landmarks, lakes and watercourses - a real sense of place that tells the listener he or she is in a different land (unless, of course, you happen to be Canadian). There is a real pride of place in their writing.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Gulliver
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 02:48 PM

This old Irish song mentions "Canadian Woods". Dunno which ones, or where they are, but they're in Canada. Sung by the late, great, Dermot O'Brien on YouTube here.

Ireland, boys, Hurrah!

Deep in Canadian woods we´ve, met
From one bright island flown;
Great is the land we tread but yet
Our hearts are with our own
And ere we leave this shanty small,
While fades the autumn day
We´ll toast old Ireland, dear old Ireland,
Ireland, boys, Hurrah!

We´ve heard her faults a hundred times,
The new ones and the old,
In songs and sermons, rants and rhymes,
Enlarged some fifty-fold.
But take them all, the great and small,
And this we´ve got to say:
Here´s dear old Ireland, good old Ireland,
Ireland, boys, hurrah!

We´ve seen the wedding and the wake,
The pattern and the fair,
The lithe young frames at the dear old games
In the kindly Irish air;
And the loud "Hurroo!", we´ve heard it too,
And the thundering "Clear the way!"
Here´s old Ireland, dear old Ireland,
Ireland, boys, Hurrah!

And well we know in cool grey eyes,
When the hard day´s work is o´er,
How soft and sweet are the words that greet
The friends who meet once more:
With "Mary Machree!" and "My Pat, ´tis thee!"
And "My own heart night and day!"
And fond old Ireland, dear old Ireland,
Ireland, boys, Hurrah!

And happy and bright are the groups that pass
From their peaceful homes for miles
O´er the fields and roads and the hills to Mass,
When Sunday morning smiles!
And deep the zeal their true hearts feel
When low they kneel to pray,
In dear old Ireland, blessed old Ireland,
Ireland, boys, Hurrah!

But deep in Canadian woods we´ve met,
And we never may see again
The dear old isle where our hearts are set
And our first fond hopes remain!
But come fill up another cup,
And with every sup we´ll say:
Here´s loved old Ireland, good old Ireland,
Ireland, boys, Hurrah!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 02:52 PM

Loads of instrumental tunes with Canadian placenames in their titles. Look at Paul Cranford's Lighthouse Music site for the Cape Breton ones (though it can sometimes be hard to work out whether the tune was originally meant to relate to a place in Canada or to the place in Scotland it was named after).

I tried looking for the Mouth of the Tobique on Google Earth (it's the name of a syncopated reel often used for contra dancing). It's a boring river junction surrounded by swamp which seems to be known only to sport fishermen. So how on earth did it get a tune named after it?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Lord Batman's Kitchener
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 02:54 PM

Just maybe someone was inspired enough to want to call the reel Mouth of the Tobique, tht's good enough for me.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Big Mick
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:09 PM

In my opinion the finest song of the Coffin Ships ever written was Brendan Nolan's "Far From Their Homes", in which the brave and compassionate Canadians, and the place they lived in, figure prominently. Here are the lyrics:

FAR FROM THEIR HOME
A SONG OF GROSSE ILE

DOH WE LEFT OUR HOMES AND TRAVELLED, THOUGH GMANY NOT KNOW WHERE WE ALIE.
THEY DSAID TWAS A LAND OF PROMISE, BUT GFEW SAW IT DWITH THEIR OWN AEYES.
FOR ITS BmHERE ON THIS SAD LONELY AISLAND, WHERE THE GWIND BLOWS COLD TO THE ABONE.
WE DREST IN IT'S SOIL FORGGOTTEN, DFAR AAWAY FROM OUR DHOME

DON THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF JUNE, OUR GPACKET IT SET ASAIL.
DDOWN THE EASTERN COAST WE WOUND, PAST GWEXFORD DAND AKINSALE
TILL BmSADLY THE SUNSET AFADED GGENTLY FROM OUR AEYES.
AND THE DLIGHTS OF THE SOUTHWEST GFLICKERED AWAY, AS WE DSAID OUR ALAST GOODDBYE.

OH IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE THE SUFFERING, AS THIS AWFUL VOYAGE BEGAN.
TWO WEEKS OUT TO SEA, WE HAD LOST 10 OR MORE AS THE FEVER TOOK THE STRONGEST OF MEN.
AND THE HOLDS WERE BATTENED FOR DAYS ON END, TO STIFLE THE SICKNESS BELOW.
WHILE THE WATERS OF THE OCEAN SWALLOWED OUR DEAD, FAR AWAY FROM THEIR HOME.

(WHISTLE INTERLUDE)

THOUGH OUR SPIRITS THEY WERE WEARY, AS THE GREAT BROAD RIVER BEGAN.
AND A WHALE ROSE UP FROM THE WATERS, AS WE SAILED INTO THIS NEW LAND.
WITH IT'S HILLSIDES THAT SLOPED TOWARD THE SHORELINE AND VILLAGES CRADLED WITHIN.
WE PRAYED THAT THESE PEOPLE COULD PITY OUR PLIGHT,AND FIND A NEW HOME FOR OUR KIN.

WITHIN SIGHT OF GROSSE ILE, WE WERE ANCHORED FAR OFF ASHORE.
FOR MANY MORE SHIPS LAY WAITING, AND WE'ED STAY MAYBE FIVE DAYS OR MORE.
FOR THE LOST ONES OUTNUMBERED THE LIVING, AND A TERRIBLE SIGHT IT WAS PLAIN.
AS A PACKET FLOATED OUT IN THE BAY, WITH IT'S HUMAN CARGO AFLAME.

AND THE SHEDS OVERFLOWED WITH THE SUFFERING, AND THEIR CRIES PIERCED THE SILENCE AT NIGHT.
AND THESE BRAVE ONES WHO TENDED THESE TRAVELLERS, SOME PAID WITH THEIR LIVES IN THE FIGHT.
AND I'VE LOST MY OWN ON THIS ISLAND AND MY OWN CANDLE'S NEAR DIED AWAY.
TO HAVE TRAVELLED SO FAR ON OUR JOURNEY, HUMBLE VOYAGERS TOGETHER WE'LL STAY.

(WHISTLE INTERLUDE)

JE M'APPELLE LEO QUINN, MES ANCETRES SONT ICI.
ENTERRES SUR GROSSE ILE, QUI FAIT FACE A MA VILLE MONTMAGANY
MES SOUVENIRS NE SONT QUE DES FANTOMES, QUI SURVOLLENT ET DANSET DANS LE VENT.
ILS DEMANDENT QU'ON SE SOUVIENS D'EUX, MEME SI CE N'EST QU'EN CHANTANT.

THERE ARE NO BOATS TIED IN THE RIVER, AND THE CROSS STANDS GAUNT ON THE HILL.
NO WRETCHED SHADOWS TROD FROM THE SHORE, TO THE FEVER SHEDS NOW THAT LIE STILL.
JUST THE WHITE MARKERS GUARD THEIR MEMORY, NO NAMES CARVED IN GRANITE OR STONE.
AND THE LONG GRASS WAVES TO THE WIND AS SHE BLOWS, OER THESE BRAVE ONES FAR FROM THEIR HOME.
AND THE LONG GRASS WAVES TO THE WIND AS SHE BLOWS, OER THESE BRAVE ONES FAR FROM THEIR HOME.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Neil D
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:10 PM

Yes Azizi, I'se the b'y is Newfoundland English for I'm the boy.
Jack Campin says there are loads of instrumental songs with Irish placenames in the title. I'm assuming that the Metis fiddle tune and dance,Red River Jig, refers to a Red River in Manitoba.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Big Mick
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:14 PM

And, of course, my favorite Stan Rogers song, and I love so many of his, was about Citadel Hill in Halifax. While it never mentions the town, every single verse mentions places in the town. Here are the lyrics:

It was in the spring this year of grace
With new life pushing through
That I looked from the citadel down to the narrows and asked what it's coming to
Isaw percanegan concrete and glass
right down to the water line
I have heard an old song down on Fisherman's Wharf
Can I sing it just one time

With half-closed eyes against the sun
for the warm wind giving thank
I imagine the years of the warm laden schooners splashing home from the grand banks
But a lass lays done in the harbor sun
With her picture on a dime
I have heard an old song down on Fisherman's Wharf
Can i sing it just one time
CHORUS:
And haul away and heave her ho
These songs are sung no more
No boats to sing them for
No sails to sing them for
Now there lies a steady stream of tourists passing through
We trade it always for the new
Always for the new
Always for the new, for the new

Now you ask "What's this romantic boy,
Who laments what's done and gone?"
There was no romance on a cold winter ocean and the gale sang an awful song
But my father knew of wind and tide, and my blood is merit time
And I heard an old song down on Fisherman's Wharf
Can I sing it just one time

CHORUS

(Repeat first verse)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:56 PM

Mick,
I have a picture of Brendan and me which I cherish very much. What a wonderful person, gifted writer and voice. Far From Their Homes a truly tragic song with great imagery.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:39 PM

LBT, "Mouth of the Tobique" is relatively modern - the composer must still be alive - and nearly always with that sort of tune the story behind the title is not only well-documented, it's widely used in stage patter. For some of us, it would be worth knowing what it is. Maybe the jerky rhythm in the third part is a fish on a line?

Neil D: I didn't say anything about Irish placenames. Cape Breton's culture is predominantly Scottish, and in placenames Scotland features much more strongly than Ireland across the whole of Canada, for that matter. "Miss Forbes's Farewell to Banff" is not about the Rockies.

If you were to include only one instrumental tune I would pick Paul Cranford's beautiful fiddle lament "The Graveyard of the Gulf", about the shipwrecks in the Gulf of St Lawrence (something he spent a long time thinking about in his job as a lighthouse keeper).


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Big Mick
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:05 PM

Adrien, mon ami, I have many influences in my musical life. Brendan, young though he may be, is one of the very important ones. I love his ability to interpret a song, and his instrumental virtuousity is worthy of great praise. There is a wonderful song about growing up Irish, and Roman Catholic, called "All I Remember". I have spent a very long time trying to do this with the same effect that Brendan does, but I cannot. Devil and the Bailiff, the same. He simply has the way of them. And when he does a ballad, he is able to draw out every emotion that the song needs drawn out. I am, unabashedly and finally, a fan.

I remember when I was performing in Toronto for Rick's CD release. We did that as a live performance on CIUT, and streamed it on the Internet. I mentioned Brendan, and this fella comes up to me and asks me if I knew "A Song For The Road", by Brendan. I said, "sure, I absolutely love that but Brendan didna write it, Holmes Hooke did". He said, "I know, I'm Holmes Hooke". We had a great laugh. That was a helluva night. All the great Borealis talents were there, plus a few others. I was very honored to perform with them.

But ..... do yourself a favor. Never ..... may I repeat this .....never ...... follow Ken Whitely onstage. LOL.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: topical tom
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:52 PM

A very moving and beautiful song by David Francey, "The Flowers of Saskatchewan":


        
        FLOWERS OF SASKATCHEWAN

The sun was shining on the English Channel
On a ferry off the coast of France
It was summer and a pleasant morning
And high above gulls wheeled and danced
And high above the cliffs of morning
The gun emplacements had stood in ranks
I walked over to the railing
And I heard the ghosts of the Calgary Tanks
And I remembered pictures I'd seen
In history books and magazines
Of three men standing, smoking, staring
Among the dead men on a rocky beach
And in the light of that pleasant morning
As we sailed under the cliffs above
I thought of all their silent prayers
And the final thoughts of the ones they loved
That they left behind at prairie stations
Waving to their pride and joy
Waving to the smiling faces
Smiling faces on the soldier boys of?
No waves of grain would claim the fallen
Just the channel cold and grey as steel
And no return to the rolling prairie
And a silent cross on a lonely field
The sun was shining on the rolling prairie
Far from the channel, cold and grey
Shone on the families, friends and lovers
Of the prairie boys who fell that day
But they could not know on that sunny morning
The future held for them no joy
They'd wait in vain at prairie stations
Wait in vain for their soldier boys


Words and Music: ©David Francey (1998)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 08:54 PM

I believe there is a Canadian version of "This Land is Your Land" which mentions various cities and sites. Also, Alan Mills recorded a Canadian version of "Old Sod Shanty on the Plain', but I don't know if it mentions a particular place.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: CupOfTea
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:16 PM

Song for the Mira and other songs by the Cape Breton songwriter Allister MacGillivray for sheer love of place.

For just plain silly: "Mermaid of Ontario" by Shel Silverstein & Pat Dailey A favorite around Lake Erie - has been recorded by Lee Murdock - whose exploration of Great Lakes songs isn't limited to the American Side - many of his (serious) songs have Canadian context and place names.

Eileen McGann's Requiem only mentions "north Ontario" but her repertoire might be worth looking into- I've only got her on cassette & can't dig that out right now.

David Mallet's Ballad of St. Anne's Reel mentions Prince Edward Island


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Neil D
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 11:17 PM

Jack Campin, my bad. I typed that in a hurry because I was just going out take the grandkids to a carnival which is going on, literally, right outside my door this weekend. Really. Even now there is a Beatles "tribute" band playing not 50 feet from where I sit. And I had just posted elsewhere about Irish pints. So excuse my befuddlement. Of course I meant to type Canadian placenames.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: topical tom
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 12:31 PM

Wade Hemsworth's "The Black Flies of Ontario"


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: john f weldon
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 12:54 PM

Most songs by Wade Hemsworth...

Land of the Muskeg & the Shining Birch Tree
Montreal (actual name of the song)
Blackflies (North Ontario)

etc etc

Lots of songs recorded and/or written by Flapjack, such as
Manitoulin Boy
etc etc


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 01:08 PM

Here's the lyrics and notes about a 19th century {and possibly earlier} children's ring [circle] game that mention a Canadian place name:

"A similar ring game [to "My Pretty Little Pink"] is described by JAF {Journal of American Folklore], 1892, 118, reprinted in Folklore in American, 184, as "Quebec Town." The opening lines are:

We are marching down to Quebec town,
Where the drums and fifes are beating;
The Americans have gained the day,
And the British are retreating.

The description states that the "song was sung by the whole company [of children], as it marched around one person, who ws blindfolded, and seated in a chair placed in the center of the room. He or she then selected a partner by touching one of the ring with a long stick held for that purpose". In some versions the person selected won a kiss. Tune supplied by the editors."

-snip-

These notes-including the paragraph beginning with the word "The description"-are from a reproduced page of a book I don't believe that I own. Unfortunately, this page somehow got separated from the title page & publisher of the book itself. Therefore, I'm unable to say which book it is. However, given that note and others on the two pages I have, this is from a book or chapter of a book about American children's recreational activities. That certainly narrows the field quite a bit.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 01:11 PM

Sorry. That's Folklore In America, which I suppose means folklore in the United States of America.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 01:31 PM

How about the ultimate place name song written by Nova Scotian, Hank Snow?

I've been everywhere


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Jack the Sailor
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 01:35 PM

Hank doing it


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Jack the Sailor
Date: 12 Jul 08 - 01:40 PM

I was GUEST 12 Jul 08 - 01:31 PM

Another geography lesson from Hank Snow. Canadian Pacific


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: MartinRyan
Date: 13 Jul 08 - 07:59 AM

Just heard again, this week, for the first time in many years The Star of Logy Bay , an old favourite of mine.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Frank_Finn
Date: 13 Jul 08 - 08:16 AM

The song called "The Green Fields of Amerikay" mentions some Canadian places but mentions no American places
Here is a verse

There's wine in Toronto at a penny a bottle
The gin in New Brunswick's a penny a glass,
There's ale in that famed town they call Montreal, boys,
The devil be with us if we dont take a glass


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: topical tom
Date: 13 Jul 08 - 03:29 PM

"Prince Edward Island is Heaven to Me".


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Joe_F
Date: 13 Jul 08 - 10:10 PM

In Bob Gibson & Tom Paxton's "Box of Candy & Piece of Fruit" (in the DigiTrad), the hero starts out in a coffeehouse in Toronto.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 13 Jul 08 - 10:54 PM

tom,
Here is the song which I posted on a different thread but should also appear here.

Prince Edward Island Is Heaven To Me


They talk about Texas , Kentucky and Maine,
Talk about London, Paris and Spain.
But there's a little island, I long there to be.
Prince Edward Island is heaven to me.

The shores are so pretty, the fields are so green,
The roads are so winding, with such pretty scenes.
The air is so pure and the people so gay,
Prince Edward Island , I'm coming to stay.

There's swimming and hunting and fishing galore.
The sun shines so bright on its long golden shore.
The Lord made this island for all men to see;
Prince Edward Island is heaven to me.

THIS VERSE IS SPOKEN

As everyone knows, there are ten provinces in the
Dominion of Canada,each beautiful in its own respect.
There's British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta,
Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Manitoba,
Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan,
But Prince Edward Island to me is the one.

Last verse
The soil is so fertile, so rich and so rare,
It yields such potatoes, which none can compare.
Tourists are welcome to walk its red soil.
While farmers are happy to work and to toil.

Words and music by Harold Breau


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 06:40 AM

Thanks, Adrien for posting that song. Here's a hyperlink to that other thread:

thread.cfm?threadid=112708&messages=8
Lyr Req: Prince Edward Island is Heaven to Me

**

Also, here's a hyperlink for a map of Canada that I've been using to identify the provinces and towns that are mentioned in this thread:

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/lgcolor/cacolor.htm

-snip-

Thanks to the song posted above, I patted myself on the back when I figured out that P.E.I is Prince Edwards Island.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 06:52 AM

This information from an online learning site for elementary students may also be helpful to other people who are learning about Canada:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/school/Canada/Canadamap.shtml

Canada's Geography

Canada: Canada is a huge country in the continent of North America. Canada is comprised of 3,849,675 square miles (9,976,140 square km); it is the second-largest country in the world (Russia is first at 17,075,200 sq km). This huge country borders the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and the United States of America. Canada has over 151,480 miles (243,791 km) of coastline. Most of Canada's human population lives along its southern border...

The Capital: The capital of Canada is the city of Ottawa, which is in the province of Ontario, located above the Great Lakes.

Provinces and Territories: Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories (the capital of each is shown in parentheses): Alberta (Edmonton), British Columbia (Victoria), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), Manitoba (Winnipeg), New Brunswick (Fredericton), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Nunavut (Iqaluit), Ontario (Toronto), Quebec (Quebec City), Saskatchewan (Regina); Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John's), Northwest Territories (Yellowknife), and Yukon Territory (Whitehorse).

-snip-

That website also has a "label the provinces" map quiz that I've not taken yet. But I think I'd do much better now that I've looked up the Canadian places mentioned in the songs posted on this thread.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Kevin Parker
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 07:04 AM

Dear Azizi,
If you ever get the chance go and see Tanglefoot.
http://www.tanglefootmusic.com/

Even if you don't like the music, you'll learn a huge amount about the geography and history of Eastern Canada, just from their 'between the songs' anecdotes and introductions.

And they are nice people!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 07:11 AM

Thanks, Kevin.

I'll check them out.

Btw, I like the "Stay informed and keep in touch" note on their website.

Those are some good words to live by.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 07:26 AM

Azizi,
Pass on my regards if you see them. I met them on their last tour to Scotland.

By the way, can any Canadians illuminate the lyrical references in Stan Roger's Song North West Passage?

I know that Franklin refers to the English Explorer who died trying to find the North West Passage. But what is 'In the footsteps of Great Kelso, where his sea of flowers began' all about?

And in the next verse we have
'I think upon MacKenzie, David Thompson, and the rest, who crcked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me, to race the roaring Fraser to the sea'

I think I know about MacKenzie, but who was David Thompson? Am I right in thinking the sea they were reaching was the Pacific somewhere near where Vancouver is now?

I love singing the song but it would be good to be better informed!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 07:28 AM

Azizi, if you want to know more about Canada from a U.S. perspective, have a look at the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) webpages.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 08:04 AM

Terry, I appreciate your posting information about the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States.

Here's a link to the ACSUS Mandate page which provides inforamtion about that group:

http://www.acs-aec.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10&Itemid=7

I'm particularly interested in their Canadian Diversity and Canadian History publications. I assume that current and back copies of these journals might be available for reading at large libraries. However, I was hoping to read articles online. Maybe it's my computer, but I wasn't able to do that. :o(

See how the Internet has spoiled us...


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 09:00 AM

Azizi - I don't know whether the ACSUS Journal is available online (the London Journal for Canadian Studies is)but it might be worthwhile contacting David Archibald at ACSUS. He's most helpful.

Americans (and Canadians) are often rather amused that people actually study Canada but there are dozens of Canadian Studies' Assocations around the world. Some of them are based solely in one country, others are joint ventures (e.g. the Scandinavians.) The Canadian government has traditionally beeen supportive of the Associations but since Stephen Harper came to power, the purse strings have been tightened.Some of them produce their own scholarly journals (I was Editor of the British Journal of Canadian Studies for four years) and they contain a wealth of material on all things Canadian.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 09:17 AM

Very interesting Terry. I'm a small time collector of Canadian History books prior to 1950. Why that date I don't know. I just picked it. I have in my collection 162 books and counting.
Now back to Azizi's thread.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: olddude
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 09:23 AM

Alberta bound by lightfoot


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: SouthernCelt
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 09:45 AM

Probably 10% or more of Ian Tyson's stuff mentions Canadian places and even more mention fictitious names that are likely triggered by Canadian places.   A few that come to mind are "Albert's Child," "Old Alberta Moon," "The North Saskatchewan," "Great Canadian Tour,"Springtime in Alberta,"Milk River Ridge" and "Horsethief Moon."

Then there's Slaid Cleaves' "Breakfast in Hell" that mentions PEI, Musquash River, Severen Sound, etc.

SC


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 10:37 AM

Hi Beer/Adrien - there's word for people like us, it's 'Canadianists.' The British Canadianist community (c400 members)is small but healthy.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 11:16 AM

"Winnipeg" by Tom Russell

"Girls of Montreal" by Artie Traum

"Calgary" by Humphrey & the Dumptrucks

"Streets of Calgary" by Kate Wolf

"Ste. Anne de Bellevue" by Cindy Church

"Lillooet" by Chris Rawlings


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: sian, west wales
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 11:28 AM

Hi Azizi

I was in Canada when this thread got going so this is my first scan-through. No one's mentioned "Something to Sing About" (Oscar Brand) and I think it's mentioned in other threads. Similarly "This Land is Your Land" - the Canadian version. And various others that cropped up in the 60s (like Ontari-ari-ario). Haven't found them on Youtube for you though (yet).

I bought the book, "Windjammers: Songs of the Great Lakes Sailors" a while ago, mostly because I wanted the two songs which are connected with my home town, "Port Colborne" - "On Gravelly Bay" and "The Timber Drougher Bigler". Skimming through the others, it seems that naming places was common practice, just as in lumbering songs. Also, as in lumbering songs, listing the names of your co-workers was common.

And then there's the perpetual argument as to "The Red River Valley" - Canada, or USA?

sian


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 12:00 PM

Terry.
I have to admit I was not sure if you were kidding or not so I googled "Canadianists". I wasn't aware of this. Thank you so much.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 02:01 PM

You're welcome, Beer. I had hoped to be at last year's ACSUS conference and was scheduled to give a paper in which I would argue that folk songs from the Britain and Ireland that crossed the Atlantic in the 19th century retain more of their original sound in Canada than they do in America. Honestly....

It was to be a spin off from one I gave in Ottawa a few years ago called 'They took their music with them...' but that one only looked at Canadian versions of English/Scots/Irish songs.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 04:49 PM

There's this one from Jesse Winchester-


Pourquoi Ne M'Aimes-Tu Pas?

Gardes mon nouveau chapeau
Et mon poil de chameau
Mes bottes noires a talons hauts
Mes boutons de manchette
Ils jouent "L'Alouette"
Peses ces choses-la au verso

Et toujours tu m'aimes pas
Mais personne n'a plus que moi
Et Chantal, c'est tout pour toi
Mais pourquoi m'aimes-tu pas?

J'ai un skidoo rouge
Qui vraiment se bouge
Un beau chalet aux Laurentides
Et mon perroquet
Qui sacre en Angials
Quand sa tasse d'eau est vide

Triste, o triste, o ce n'est pas le mot
Tellemet riche, mais tellement pauvre
O pauvre

Et ma cave de vins
Est pleine de Chambertin
Je ne peux pas le boire moi meme
J'ai des fourmis la
Enrobees de chocolat
Ta maman m'a dit que tu les aimes

©1977 Jesse Winchester
From the LP "Nothing But A Breeze"


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: oldhippie
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 05:10 PM

Then there's this:

The Killaloe Rastaman - Rick Reimer
(with gratitude and apologies to Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs)

Come, we tell you little story about a guy named Bob
A proud Rastaman, didn't want to steal nor rob
But he had to feed his family, things were getting hard
So he plants a little ganja in his backyard
Pot, that is, Acapulco Gold, Sensi tea

Well, the first thing you know, those plants are getting tall
The neighbours come and suss-suss-suss and look over the wall
They said "Hey, Bob! Growing ganja you can't do!"
He loaded up his seeds and he moved to Killaloe.
Hills, that is, swimming holes, shooting stars.

Well, the folks in the hills liked having Bob around
He grew the finest ganja from here to Wilno town
He lived in the woods, didn't do no-one no harm
And the buds on his plants grew as thick as your arm.

Well, there's just one little mix-up about life in Killaloe
There's way too much police, with not enough to do
When rastaman grows ganja it just takes a little time
Till Johnny Law comes to the scene of the crime
Felony, that is, helicopters, tazer guns.

Well the police find so much ganja, that they can hardly wait
They build a great big fire and begin to eradicate
They tell Bob: "You're lucky we don't charge you for your sin!"
Only trouble is, police are standing downwind
From the ganja fire, that is, second-hand smoke, munchies big-time.

Well, the police get high and they forget to look around
They get their lights a-flashing and they leave for Pembroke town
They eat all the food that Tim Horton's can provide
Every doughnut shop got a cruiser outside

Well, the folks in the hills, they smell the ganja fire
They look upon the burning field and cry and cry and cry
Says Bob: "I got a secret tucked up under my hat.
I got three more fields bigger than that!"

Well, the moral of the story is very plain to see
You needn't be an Einstein to fool the O.P.P.
If you are only conscious and prepared to stand tall
Babylon systems surely must fall!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: topical tom
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 07:12 PM

Farewell to Nova Scotia


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: topical tom
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 07:21 PM

Sorry, "Farewell to Nova Scotia " is in the digitrad
here


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 09:50 AM

John Prine mentions Montreal in that 'Blow up the TV' song... not sure of the real title....

C eh, N eh, D eh....


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 10:21 AM

Spanish Pipedream (AKA Blow Up Your TV) from his first Album


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 10:51 AM

"Wintry Feeling" by Jesse Winchester is about winter in Montreal.

When Raffi was a folkie singer-songwriter, before he became a children's music megastar, he had a song called "Yonge Street" about the street in Toronto.

Ian Tyson's "Summer Wages" mentions "all the beer parlors down along Main Street," a reference to the cheap bars on Main Street on the east side of Vancouver. The J.D. Crowe and David Bromberg versions of "Summer Wages" incorrectly changed Main Street to Yonge Street, a street that's about 2700 miles east of Main STreet.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Golightly
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 11:55 AM

Spirit of the West's 'Gottingen Street'.
I believe Gottingen Street is a real place in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 12:20 PM

Oh. So now we're on songs that mention Canadian streets? Well, streets are places.

But I'm not gonna look them up on Google Earth or whatever that website is called that shows you actual video of specific streets and houses and other landmarks.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bobad
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 12:44 PM

Well, since we're now doing streets, here is one that mentions the main shopping street in Montreal, or rather, it's subterranean counterpart:

Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle: "Complainte Pour Ste-Catherine"


Moi j'me promène sous Ste-Catherine
J'profite de la chaleur du métro
Je n'me regarde pas dans les vitrines
Quand il fait trente en dessous d'zéro

Y'a longtemps qu'on fait d'la politique
Vingt ans de guerre contre les moustiques

Je ne me sens pas intrépide
Quand il fait fret j'fais pas du ski
J'ai pas d'motel aux Laurentides
Le samedi c'est l'soir du hockey

Y'a longtemps qu'on fait d'la politique
Vingt ans de guerre contre les moustiques

Faut pas croire que j'suis une imbécile
Parce que j'chauffe pas une convertible
La gloire c'est pas mal inutile
Au prix de gaz c'est trop pénible

Y'a longtemps qu'on fait d'la politique
Vingt ans de guerre contre les moustiques

On est tous frères pis ça s'adonne
Qu'on a toujours eu du bon temps
Parce qu'on reste sur la terre des hommes
Même les femmes et les enfants

Y'a longtemps qu'on fait d'la politique
Vingt ans de guerre contre les moustiques
Croyez pas qu'on n'est pas chrétien
Le dimanche on promène son chien


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 01:42 PM

'Where will I be"... by Emmylou Harris from her 'Wrecking Ball' CD
written by Daniel Lanois, who is CDN...

"Met an Indian boy in Ottawa
He laid me down in a bed of straw...."


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 02:26 PM

Met an Indian boy in Ottawa
He laid me down in a bed of straw


Sorry, but when I read this, I thought of the cumulative song "And The Green Grass Grows All Around"-

Ottawa.
bed of straw.
straw in the barn.
barn in the yard.
yard in the farm.
farm in the country.
country in a nation.
where the green grass grows all around
all around
where the green grass grows all around.

-snip-

* My sincerest apologies to Daniel Lanois for mixing up all those lines from children's rhymes and from my sometimes wacked up mind.
I mean no disrespect.

-snip-

More seriously, Ron [much more seriously] what does "CDN" mean?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 02:34 PM

Sorry again. But this is bothering me.

For consistency's sake, that line should be "country in the nation"

Okay. I can stop obsessing now.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 02:45 PM

CDN = Canadian,,, as in $100 CDN


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 02:50 PM

Oh. So does CDN stand for Canadian dinero?

Just kidding.

Excuse me.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 03:04 PM

Okay.Sorry. I'm slow on the uptake here. You mean that a colloquial referent for a person who is born in Canada and/or lives in Canada is CDN and that CDN is the term for Canadian money and that term probably doesn't come from the Spanish word for money which is dinero.

So...now I'm trying to figure out what C D N stands for-
Canadian something something

Do you guys and gals call your dollar a dollar? If so, maybe the "D" stands for dollar. But the "N"? maybe "Nation"?

So do I have to go to Goggle to find this out?

And when was the last time on this thread that I said "I love Canada"?

What? I never said it before I said it then? Oh. My bad.

I hope everyone knows that I'm only having fun, but I don't want that fun to be at anyone's expense.{Get it "expense"? Ha Ha}.

But so there's no mistake-I love Canada.

I particularly love what Canada represented to my people way back when-Freedom.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 03:52 PM

the dollar is called a 'Loony' because of the loon on back of the coin... 2 dollar coin is called a Toonie... tho' there isn't a toon on the back.. just polar bears (on thin ice)... the rest of the bills are multi-coloured..

5-blue
10-purple
20-green
50-red
100-brown (my favorite)

no more 1000 bills.... something about the war on drugs or trying to prevent large amounts of cash being easily transported and used for illicit activities... like trying to rent a 'toon'....


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Ed T
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 05:35 PM

Anyone register Carly Simon's Your So Vain, and the Nova Scotia mention?

Also, many of Stomp'in Tom Connor's songs mention less mentioned places.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 05:59 PM

Azizi - CDN = CanaDiaN


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Ed T
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 06:09 PM

Wasn't there a song "I want to go back to Escouminac?

If not, someone should consider making one about this fine New Brunswick place.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 06:54 PM

Terry, thanks for your 15 Jul 08 - 05:59 PM post.

I get it now.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: oldhippie
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 07:17 PM

There's a song by The Fiddlers'Sons titled "Gaspereaux" from PEI. It's on the "Island Mix" tourism promo CD.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 07:40 PM

Yukon get it if you really want


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bankley
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 08:02 PM

'Chibougamou Boogaloo'... Chris Rawlings


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 08:09 PM

weelittledrummer, I like that one.

So who recorded it?

;o)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 08:23 PM

Picketywitch.....(just guessing!)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Ed T
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 08:31 PM

http://www.acmuseum.ednet.ns.ca/slim.htm


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: The Walrus
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 09:37 PM

No one seems to have mentioned the Canadian soldiers' song of the Great War "Take Me Back to Dear Old Canada" (a Canadian take on the British sone "Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty"):-

Take me back to dear old Canada,
Put me on the boat for old St. John,
Take me over there, drop me anywhere,
Toronto, Hull or Montreal, well I don't care.
I should like to see my best girl,
Cuddling up again we soon should be. Whoa,
Tiddley, iddley ighty, I'd sooner be there than Blighty,
Canada is the place for me.

Any use?

Tom.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 15 Jul 08 - 09:45 PM

Good one Tom,
never heard it.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Snuffy
Date: 16 Jul 08 - 08:43 AM

It was in the town of Q-beck, we landed on the quay
But I knew not where to seek my love in all Americay

Now I hear this couple has got wed as you may understand
And I hear they live quite happily in a town they call St. Johns..

North Americay


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:02 AM

But as a means of refreshing this thread, I'm going to post a couple of songs here from the DigiTrad.

Why?

'Cause this thread is callin me. And-without cheating-I don't know any more songs that mention Canadian places.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:03 AM

POOR LITTLE GIRLS OF ONTARIO

1. I'll sing you a song of that lone pest
It goes by the name of the Great Northwest
I cannot have a beau at all,
They all skip out there in the fall.

Chorus
One by one, they all clear out,
Thinking to better themselves, no doubt,
Caring little how far they go
From the poor little girls of Ontario.

2. First I got mashed on Charley Brown
The nicest fellow in all the town
But he tipped his hat and sailed away
And now he's settled in Manitobay.

3. Then Henry Maynard with his white cravat
His high stiff collar and his new plug hat
He said if he stayed, he'd have to beg
And now he's settled in Winnipeg.

4. Then my long-legged druggist with his specs on his nose,
I really thought that he'd propose
But he's sold his bottle-shop and now he's gone
Clear out to little Saskatchewan.

5. I'll pack my clothes in a carpet sack
I'll go out there and I'll never come back
I'll find me a husband, and a good one, too
If I have to go through to Cariboo.

Last Chorus
One by one, we'll all clear out
Thinking to better ourselves, no doubt,
Caring little how far we go
From the old, old folks of Ontario.

from Mrs. Hartley Minifie, Peterborough, to Edith Fowke: "Folk
Songs of Ontario", Folkways, 1958

@displaysong.cfm?SongID=4744


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:05 AM

RANCHER OF BC

When the half-baked remittance man comes to the West
Arrayed in short pants, which he thinks suits him best,
He parades around town, while he takes a short rest
Ere assuming the role of a rancher.

Chorus:
Role, role, role of a rancher, A rancher of B.C.

Now all you remittance men, listen to me
And I'll give you some pointers as far as I may
Which might make you a rancher if you will obey,
A rancher that's fit for a rancher.

Fit, fit, fit for a rancher, etc.

First, mind you don't stay in Victoria long;
The water is bad and the liquor is strong,
And as you must drink something, you're sure to go wrong,
And spoil your success as a rancher.

'Cess,'cess,'cess as a rancher, etc.

Take advice if you buy a fine ranch by a stream,
Don't leave for trout fishing your cows and your cream,
But make butter and wealth beyond your greediest dream,
Which is far the best plan for a rancher.

Plan, plan, plan for a rancher, etc.

If when riding your bronco he starts in to buck,
And you fear if you fall by his hoofs you'll be struck,
Throw your arms round his neck, man, and trust to your luck,
If you can't keep your seat like a rancher.

Seat, seat, seat like a rancher, etc.

If in hunting for deer on some lone mountain top
Across a big bear you should happen to drop,
Just climb the first tree and be sure there to stop
Till assistance arrives for the rancher.

'Rives,'rives, 'rives for the rancher, etc.

If after long striving on Vancouver's plains
You find that your debts are the whole of your gains
Go up to the Klondike with the cash that remains,
And get better off than a rancher.

Off, off, off than a rancher, etc.

From Songs of the Pacific Northwest, Thomas
@displaysong.cfm?SongID=4876


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:07 AM

CDN = Canadian,,, as in $100 CDN

I grew up thinking CDN = Cote-des-Neiges.
    Please note that anonymous posting is no longer allowed at Mudcat. Use a consistent name [in the 'from' box] when you post, or your messages risk being deleted.
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:11 AM

Okay. I said "a couple" but I'm going to post two more.

My sincerest compliments to those persons who compiled these songs for the Digital Tradition!

Would someone please help me out by posting the names of those persons who are in charge of teh Digital Tradition.

Thanks, in advance!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:13 AM

THE ALBERTA HOMESTEADER

1. My name is Dan Gold, an old bachelor I am
I'm keeping old batch on an elegant plan
You'll find me out here on Alberta's bush plain
A-starving to death on a government claim.

2. So come to Alberta, there's room for you all,
Where the wind never ceases, [and] the rain always falls
Where the sun always sets and there it remains
Till you [we] get frozen out of your [our] government claim.

3. My house it is built of the natural soil
The walls are erected according to Hoyle
The roof has no pitch, it is level and plain
And I always get wet when it happens to rain.

4. My clothes they are [are all] ragged, my language is rough
My bread is case-hardened and solid and tough
My dishes are scattered all over the room
And [] my floor is [gets] afraid of the sight of a broom.

5. How happy I am [feel] when I roll into bed
The rattlesnake rattles a tune at my head
And [] the little mosquito, devoid of all fear
Crawls over my face and into my ear.

6. The little bed-bug, so cheerful and bright,
He [It] keeps me up laughing two-thirds of the night
And the smart little flea with the [] tacks in his toes
Crawls up through my whiskers and tickles my nose.

7. You may try to raise wheat, you may try to raise rye
You may stay there and live, you may stay there and die
But as for myself, I'll no longer remain
A-starving to death on a government claim.

8. So farewell to Alberta, farewell to the west
It's backwards I'll go to the girl I love best
I'll go back to the east and get me a wife
And never eat cornbread the rest of my life!

collected from Ivan E. Brandrick, Athens, Ont., 1958 by Edith Fowke;
from "The Greer County Bachelor".JB
@displaysong.cfm?SongID=5753


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:15 AM

THE CLIFFS OF BACCALIEU

We were bound home in October from the shores of Laborador
Trying to head a bad Nor'easter and snow, too
But the wind swept down upon us making day as black as night
Just before we made the land of Baccalieu.

Oh we tried to clear the Island as we brought her farther South
And the wind from out the Nor'east stonger blew
Till our lookout soon he shouted and there lay dead ahead
Through the snow squalls loomed the cliffs of Baccalieu.

It was hard down by the tiller as we struggled with the sheets
Tried our best to haul them in a foot or two
Till our decks so sharply tilted that we could barely keep our feet
As we hauled her from the rocks of Baccalieu.

Oh the combers beat her under and we thought she ne'er would rise
And her mainboom was bending neigh in two
With our lee rails three feet under and two hands at the wheel
Sure, we hauled her from the rocks of Baccalieu

Oh to leeward was the island and to win'ard was the gale
And the blinding sleet would cut you through and through
But our hearts were beating gladly for no longer could we gaze
Down to leeward at the cliffs of Baccalieu.

Traditional
>From the singing of the Kenny Family from Kitchuses, NFLD
Tune to be supplied by Vincent Kenny of Brooklyn, NY

@displaysong.cfm?SongID=6054


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:19 AM

Did we post at least one song that mentions each of the Canadian provinces?

I suppose there aren't any songs yet that mention the Canadian territories. But hopefully, some will written soon.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Folkiedave
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:19 AM

Any body mentioned flowers of Saskatchewan? Nice anti-war song.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:34 AM

Yes, many posts back. But why is it called 'Flowers of Saskatchewan' when it's about the Calgary Tanks? David Francey has been in Canada long enough to know where Calgary is!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: ClaireBear
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 12:13 PM

Azizi, I posted one that was about the Yukon -- so one territory is covered, anyway!

Claire


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 12:40 PM

Great, Claire! Thanks!

I confess I haven't kept track of all the titles that have been posted on this thread.

I suppose I could go back and list them alphabetically. But that just seems like too much work now...

Besides I'm supposed to be doing other work. And I am. Really I am.
I just take a little break every now & then.

:o}


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Coffee with thumb
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 03:04 PM

Maybe I've missed this in all the posts,apologies if it's been noted before:
'Willie wept many tears and he took to the road
he said I have to part
and the last time I heard he was in Montreal
where he died of a broken heart.'

Why Canada,presumably from US? His relationship with Annie was probably'inter-racial'


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 03:18 PM

Coffee with thumb, which song is that verse from?*

Thanks for posting that song along with your comment about the possible reason why Willie and Annie parted. As to your guess about the relationship between them being interracial, I suppose that's possible [it certainly is more possible nowadays]. But unless the lyrics point to that theory, how would anyone know?

*I was taught that it's not "good English" to end a sentence with a preposition. But writing it without the preposition at the end looks too contrived for me. {Ha! I was also taught that sentences should never start with "And" or "But". You see how well I follow those instructions!}


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 03:23 PM

It's Willy Moore, Azizi. It's always intrigued me (as an Emigration Historian)as I have copies of letters home from a young man named William Moore who emigrated from Somerset (England) to Canada in 1830 but vanishes from the records a couple of years later.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Genie
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 03:33 PM

A French Canadian rowing song, "C'est L'aviron" mentions a place called Rochelle.
(I THINK it's a place, not a woman. Otherwise, Rochelle is gonna murder the guy when she hears the song.)

It starts out,
"M'en revenant de ma jolie Rochelle (x2)
J'ai rencontré trois jolie mademoiselles.
C'est l'aviron qui nous mene, qui nous mene,
C'est l'aviron qui nous mene en haut.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Coffee with thumb
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 03:40 PM

Yes,it would have been a good idea to mention the title.Thanks Terry.
I've assumed for the past 40-odd years that it's in the American canon,but I really can't think why.I got it from Alex Campbell records,perhaps he said he'd got it from Derroll Adams.
CWT(UK)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Genie
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 03:40 PM

Summer Wages - Ian Tyson ("We'll keep rolling on till we get to Vancouver ... ")

Isn't Isle Au Haut in Canada (Nova Scotia)?   I thought it was. Several songs about it.

Some versions of The Unfortunate Miss Bailey (Miss Bailey's Ghost) specify that the "Captain bold" was in Halifax.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: ToulouseCruise
Date: 30 Jul 08 - 05:11 PM

"Mother Miramichi" is a great little tune about the Miramichi River in northern New Brunswick...

And just being a little anal... PEI stands for Prince Edward Island, not Prince Edward's - we were named for him, not owned by him ;-)


Brian
(living in NB, though always an Islander)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Danno
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 05:24 AM

Tip Splinter, an Irish/Canadian band from Toronto brought out a compilation CD in the early 1990's "The Living Tradition",which included songs with Canadian names written by Kieran Wade, one of the singers in the band.

"The Fields of Saskatchewan", was one about an Irish emigrant to Saskatchewan-:

"The autumn winds are blowin' across the south Saskatchewan prairie,
Bringin' just a hint of cold and winter still to come..."

"The Shores of Newfoundland", about the first Irish settlers there, was another.

I think this track was included on a Mariposa Folk CD in the early 90's and the song was also covered by Celtic Connections from Newfoundland.

I heard Tip Splinter had a re-union gig recently in Hugh's Room in Toronto, so maybe there's some recordings of these songs still knocking about.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 11:42 AM

Canadee-I-O - Trad.
The definitive version, for me, is on the wonderful Nic Jones' Penguin Eggs album.
It's no secret I'm a HUGE fan of Nic! I wouldn't want to attempt an acoustic version after his!
So we did a rocked-up and expanded-by-other-tunes electric arrangement on our latest - 'All Rogues & Villains'


It's of a fair and handsome girl – she's all in her tender years
She fell in love with a sailor boy – it's true she loved him well
For to go off to sea with him – like she did not know how
She longed to see that seaport town called Canadee-I-O

She bargained with a young sailor boy – it's all for a piece of gold
Straightway he led her down – all into the hold
Saying I'll dress you up sailor's clothes – your jacket shall be blue
You'll see that seaport town called Canadee-I-O

Now when the other sailor's heard the news – well they fell into a rage
And with the whole ship's company – they were willing to engage
Saying we'll tie her hands and feet me boys – overboard, her, we will throw
She'll never see that seaport town called Canadee-I-O

Now when the captain he's heard the news – well he too fell into a rage
And with the whole ship's company – he was willing to engage
Saying she'll stay all in sailor's clothes – her colour shall be blue
She'll see that seaport town called Canadee-I-O

Now when they came to Canada – scarcely above half a year
She's married this bold captain – he's called her his dear
She's dressed in silks and satins now – she cuts a gallant show
She's the finest of the ladies down in Canadee-I-O

Come all you fair and tender girls – where so ever you may be
I'll have you follow your own true love – when he goes out on the sea
For if the sailors prove false to you – well the captain he may prove true
You'll see the honour she has gained from the wearing of the blue


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 11:48 AM

I mebbe should say, cause I allus forget I'm on a pen-name on here,
that the last post there (from me, HipflaskAndy) refers to the Duncan McFarlane Band! Cheers - Duncan


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,TIA
Date: 31 Jul 08 - 01:22 PM

from Avenue Q-

Ohhhh...
I wish you could meet my girlfriend, my girlfriend who lives in Canada.
She couldn't be sweeter
I wish you could meet her,
My girlfriend who lives in Canada!

Her name is Alberta
She lives in Vancouver
She cooks like my mother
And &*%s like a Hoover.

I e-mail her every single day
Just to make sure that everything's okay.
It's a pity she lives so far away, in Canada!

Last week she was here, but she had the flu.
Too bad
'Cause I wanted to introduce her to you
It's so sad
There wasn't a thing that she could do
But stay in bed with her legs up over her head!
Oh!

I wish you could meet my girlfriend,
But you can't because she is in Canada.
I love her, I miss her, I can't wait to kiss her,
So soon I'll be off to Alberta!
I mean Vancouver!
Shit! Her name is Alberta, she lives in Vancou-

She's my girlfriend!
My wonderful girlfriend!
Yes I have a girlfriend, who lives in Canada!!

And I can't wait to eat her %#$@ again!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Bon_NS
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 02:42 PM

Hello all- what an interesting thread!
As I sit here in rainy Halifax, I can think of a hundred songs with Canadian place names , and a good few writtien by friends of mine which probably few have heard ,except in sessions around Nova Scotia. If only I could type better , I could submit a whole raft of them :o)
Hipflask Andy, you sound familiar....
I'm very much looking forward to Whitby in a few weeks, with my finace , Iain, of keepers Fold

I shall check back often, with geography, pronunciation and lyrics :o)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 07:33 AM

So over the mountains and over the plains
Into the muskeg and into the rain
Up the St. Lawrence all the way to Gaspe
Swingin our hammers and drawin our pay
Drivin em in and tyin em down
Away to the bunkhouse and into the town
A dollar a day and a place for my head
A drink to the livin and a toast to the dead

Canadian Railroad Trilogy; Gordon Lightfoot

Drive me to the airport cause my baby's waiting
Way up north in Calgary the ice is breaking
In Calgary she's waiting
All alone

Calgary; Ian & Sylvia Tyson


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 11:55 AM

There are several dozen Cicely Fox Smith poems, some of which have been recently adapted for singing, that mention towns and landmarks in British Colombia, where she was in residence from 1904 to 1913. Here's one which is a fond remembrance of Victoria Harbour:

Pacific Coast

Half across the world to westward there's a harbour that I know,
Where the ships that load with lumber and the China liners go, —
Where the wind blows cold at sunset off the snow-crowned peaks that gleam
Out across the Straits at twilight like the landfall of a dream.

There's a sound of foreign voices — there are wafts of strange perfume —
And a two-stringed fiddle playing somewhere in an upstairs room;
There's a rosy tide lap-lapping on an old worm-eaten quay,
And a scarlet sunset flaming down behind the China Sea.

And I daresay if I went there I should find it all the same,
Still the same old sunset glory setting all the skies aflame,
Still the smell of burning forests on the quiet evening air, —
Little things my heart remembers nowhere else on earth but there.

Still the harbour gulls a-calling, calling all the night and day,
And the wind across the water singing just the same old way
As it used to in the rigging of a ship I used to know
Half across the world from England, many and many a year ago.

She is gone beyond my finding — gone forever, ship and man,
Far beyond that scarlet sunset flaming down behind Japan;
But I'll maybe find the dream there that I lost so long ago —
Half across the world to westward in a harbour that I know —
Half across the world from England many and many a year ago.


Notes:

From Sea Songs and Ballads 1917-22, edited by Cicely Fox Smith, published by Houghton Mifflin Co., New York, US, © 1924, pp. 96-97; previously published in Ships and Folks, © 1920, pp. 65-66.

May be sung to the traditional forebitter "Rolling Home."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 12:40 PM

I was looking back through this thread and couldn't believe that we all overlooked Rick Fielding's "Angus Fraser" which is completely about Canada, as seen through the life of an old fella, a Scottish immigrant, looking back.

ANGUS FRASER
©Rick Fielding, BMI

    E                            A             B7
My name is Angus Fraser, ninety summers I have seen.
A                      E                      B7
Born below decks on an immigrant ship sailing out of Aberdeen.
    E                                  A                B7
To leave her land and kinfolk near to broke my mother's heart.
       A                E                B7
For a newborn babe on a twelve-foot wave, hard times from the start.

Halifax was my first home, and I grew up hard and strong.
I watched my old man waste away from working so damned long.
At sixteen years, in a uniform, I crossed the seas again.
To defend this land, I shot a man. Those were hard times then.

               F#m B7    E          B7             E
    Those were hard times then; not a dollar left to spend.
       C#M               G#               A             B7
    We paid the cost for what we lost and faced it once again.
    F#m B7    E       B7                  E
    Hard times then; it seemed they'd never end,
          A                      E                   B7               E
    But we fought like hell and we lived to tell of the hard times once again.

I worked again until the crash sent prices tumbling down.
Hung on by my fingertips till the banker's men came 'round.
To throw a farmer's family out, that's the worst of any crimes.
It was called the Great Depression, but I called it more hard times.

Once again aboard a train, this time I rode alone.
In an empty boxcar, prarie winds can chill you to the bone.
I'd heard of work in the logging camps on B.C.'s northern coast.
By God, I missed my family. That's when hard times hurt the most.

    And those were hard times then...

For seven years I swung an axe, cut down a million trees.
She sent love and I sent my pay, but in time we ceased to be.
The next war came and, once again, I answered when they called,
But the days and nights in a prison camp were the hardest times of all.

I worked the mills in Cornwall, fished in Newfoundland.
I love this country east to west, for I built it with my hands.
Twice more I got married, now my children number eight.
Oh, the hard times coming 'round again, guess that's to be their fate.

    Those were hard times then...
    Those were hard times then...


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 08:21 PM

And then there are all those Canadian historical songs by Tanglefoot and James Keelaghan.

Maybe I missed them in sifting through the above posts.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 01:47 PM

"Sudbury Saturday Night"
"Tilsonburg"
Both by Stompin' Tom Connors


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 06:54 PM

Almost all of Stompin'Tom's songs were about or set in named Canadian places.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stompin'_Tom_Connors


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 05:57 PM

I'm not sure if this play party song has been posted to this thread yet. I decided to post it not only because a Canadian place name is mentioned in its lyrics, but also because of its' source-a 1905 paper about life in early Illinois {hat tip to Peace for posting this link in the Mudcat thread about the game song "Oats, Peas,
Beans, and Barley Grow"}.


We are marching down towards Old Quebec
Where the drums are loudly beating,
The Americans have gained the day
And the British are retreating.
The wars are o'er and we'll turn back
No more forever to be parted;
We'll open the ring and choose a couple in
Because they are true-hearted.

-snip-

Here's a pertinent excerpt from that historical paper:

"A large share of the amusements and entertainments indulged in and practiced by the early population of Central Illinois consisted in social singing of play or forfeit songs, illustrating the evening entertainment of home and fire-side, for girls and boys. Singing of well-known hymns to familiar tunes used at church and religious meetings enlisted the aged also of both sexes. So it often happened after the light aand frolic plays of the youth had ended in sale and redemption of all play-forfeits and pawns in affection and hilarity, some elder witness of the youthful jollity would raise a tuneful voice of psalmody, reciting in solemn melody the words of some "Hymn, devout or holy psalm," in which all, young and old, would join to make a benediction to close the evening's entertainment.

I wish to enlarge somewhat on this branch of old fashioned earlytime youthful entertainment. Each play or individual entertainment was introduced by a song or words in jingling rhyme sung in chorus by all taking part in the play. These words explained and carried forward as it were, the movement and progress of the play to its own close, when another song for like purpose would start and carry forward another play."

http://riverweb.cet.uiuc.edu/Archives/transactions/1905/IL-social_20life.html

Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society--1905-Social Life and Scenes in the Early Settlement of Central Illinois (By James Haines.)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 06:52 PM

Strange, but I missed this thread.

Here is a song I wrote during the Viet Nam war. Whoops, I can't find the words.

Will search--and be back...

Art


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 07:59 PM

Come back soon Art. I'm very curious.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 08:02 PM

Me too.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 08:38 PM

While we're waiting on Art, here's a link to Gordon Carter's Vietnam era song mentioning a Canadian place name, The Letter. Gordon is a third generation Comox Valley boy, a darn fine picker and a hell of a good song writer.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 08:49 PM

Bob, I agree with what you said about that song, but you forgot to say that the song was sad. I should have expected that since you said that it was a Vietnam era song.

In addition to the lyrics, there's also a link to a sound clip of the song. Unfortunately, the sound clip ends before the verse that mentions the Canadian place name.

"By the time they sent my letter I was already gone
I was living like a hobo in south Saskatchewan
They called me a traitor to the land of my birth"
It don't matter where you lay your head
we're all brothers on this earth

Gordon Carter-"The Letter"


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Judy Cook
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 10:27 PM

How 'bout The Badger Drive
It mentions a number of lakes around the town of Badger NF:
Victoria, Paymeoch, Tom Joe, Marianne, and the town of Badger itself.
I had to learn this after hearing Dick Swain sing it.

And from further back in my past,
Scarborough Settler's Lament


--Judy


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: meself
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 10:53 PM

Then there's the immortal opening lines of the Stompin' Tom song 'The LPR':

She's on a bar-hoppin' spree,
Back in Sault Ste-Marie ...


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 12:52 AM

The song I wrote back in the late 1960s or early 1970s is called CANADIAN TRAVELER. I still can't find it here at home, but amazingly I just found it in our Mudcat DT!!!   Go figure. If you want, do your own search in the DT and there it will be. Carol and I were camping in the Canadian Rockies, and you can see what was on my mind. That damn WAR.

As I'm fond of saying, "History repeats. It just costs twice as much every time around!

Art
(P.S.---I'm exhausted tonight. Tomorrow I'll post the words.)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: meself
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 02:14 AM

Correction: The Stompin' Tom song I mentioned has the title "Algoma Central Sixty-Nine". I think.

If anyone is interested, here's the man himself doing "Bud the Spud" at the Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto) circa 1973.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: kendall
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 07:56 AM

Genie, Isle au Haut is in Maine. It's an island in east Penobscot bay. Gordon Bok has written songs about that peaceful place.

Prince Edward Island is heaven to me was written by Harold Breau, Lenny Breau's father. He recorded it on RCA back in the 50's.

When it's apple blossom time in Annapolis Valley, by Alberta Slim.

Fundy, by Gordon Bok

Bay Rupert.

The last Battle. (About the massacre of the Mitis in Saskatchewan)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 01:24 PM

Kendall,
Live an' learn. I never knew that Lenny Bruce's father wrote songs!

Art


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Henryp
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 02:14 PM

Don't Be Denied by Neil Young

When I was a young boy,
My mama said to me
Your daddy's leavin' home today,
I think he's gone to stay.
We packed up all our bags
And drove out to Winnipeg.

When we got to Winnipeg
I checked in to school.
I wore white bucks on my feet,
When I learned the golden rule.
The punches came fast and hard
Lying on my back in the school yard.

On Yonge Street by Gordon Lightfoot

See the people walkin' up and down
See the people movin' all around
On the streets of my hometown on Yonge Street
Longest street in the world they say
Summertime soon slips away
I hope I'll see you one fine day on Yonge Street

Long Long Time to Get Old by Ian Tyson 1969

The eagle's flyin' tomorrow
Mosquito bitin' me today
I ride the bus to Toronto
Highway Two all the way
I take a walk along Yonge Street
Good times are bought and sold
Remember this, children
If the good Lord's willin'
There's a long, long time to get old

Spring Time in Alberta by Ian Tyson

Just like spring time in Alberta
Warm sunny days endless skies of blue
Then without a warning
Another winter storm comes raging through

And the mercury's fallin'
I'm left all alone
Just like spring time in Alberta
Chills me to the bone

Alberta Bound by Paul Brandt

Sign said 40 miles to Canada
My truck tore across Montana
Ian Tyson sang a lonesome lullaby
And so I cranked up the radio
Cause there's just a little more to go
For I'd cross the border at that Sweet Grass sign
I'm Alberta Bound


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: meself
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 02:32 PM

"Live an' learn. I never knew that Lenny Bruce's father wrote songs!"

Um, that would be Lenny BREAU. The parents had a C&W act; young Lenny reputedly got cuffed once by the ol' man for throwing a jazz solo into the middle of a hurtin' song.

I always (mis?)understood that there was some dispute over the authorship of Prince Edward Island is Heaven to Me ... (One of those somebody-sold-it-to-somebody-for-the-price-of-a-drink stories).


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 02:52 PM

Here is the song I wrote during the Viet Nam war era.


Canadian Traveler
      by Art Thieme
      tune: Tramps And Hawkers
(I based this song on the theme of BUFFALO SKINNERS -- with some few words similar to aspects of PETER EMBERLY.)

My name is not important;
Alberta is my home,
I left the plains of Ameri-cay
In Canada for to roam,
I left the plains of Ameri-cay
To escape that heinous war,
And little did I ever think
What the fates did have in store.

It was in the town of Calgary
In the spring of '63,
A man by the name of St.Laurent
Came stepping' up to me,
Saying, "How do you do, young fellow,
And how would you like to go,
And survey the course of the Kicking Horse
Near the valley called Yoho."

It's me bein' out of employment,
To this fellow I did say,
"This going out on your survey crew,
Depends upon the pay."
"It's I will pay good wages,
Transportation to and fro,
If you will accompany me
To the valley called Yoho."

Well, it's now we've crossed those rapids
And our troubles have begun.
I lost half of all my gear,
And also broke my thumb,
Bob fell and died among the rocks,
Jim died of cold and snow,
Anton fell into the foaming wash
Of the river called Yoho.

Our time it being near over,
St.Laurent he did say,
The boys had been extravagant,
Were in debt to him that day.
Yes, we tied him tight, and left his knife
A distance from his hands,
And we headed into the wilderness,
Of that big Peace River land.

There's danger on the ocean,
Where the waves roll mountains high,
And there's danger on the battlefield,
Where the angry bullets fly,
And there is danger in the big north woods,
Here I am forced to roam,
'Til folks of worth find peace on Earth
My footsteps crunch the snow.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 03:01 PM

Meself,
I knew that. Just a little joke.

There is the curse of thinking in puns rearing it's head yet again.

Azizi, another fine thread---; and nary a condom to be seen...

Art


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 03:17 PM

The song Canadian Traveler as posted is how I sang it in later years---the 1980s and '90s.
Art


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: meself
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 03:22 PM

"Just a little joke."

Sorry! I thought it was just a little absent-mindedness ...


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 03:28 PM

Thanks, Art for posting your "Canadian Traveler" song.

So is there really a Yoho valley and Yoho river in Canada?

No disrespect intended, but it seems to me that people living there could have some fun with that name.

**

And Art, thanks for your compliment about my idea for this thread. I'm not sure what you meant by your comment about condoms. Maybe that is on a need to know basis, and since I don't need any condoms ...well... never mind.


;o)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 04:58 PM

Azizi,
Sorry for misleading with the condom reference. I started a thread a very l-o-n-g time ago about those---to point up and to protest what dumb non-folk threads were taking over Mudcat-- as I saw it then. I was just alluding to that thread--sometimes called 'the infamous condom thread' in posts. No aspersions to your good thread were intended!!!!

Google 'Yoho National Park' in Canada. Also, the 'Kicking Horse River' - one of the wildest streams I've ever seen---cascading through the beauty and the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies. There are photos from here at my photo site--
    http://rudegnu.com/art_thieme.html

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 05:20 PM

rudegnu.com?!

Oh, no! Now you're talking about Mudcatter gnu.

Pardon my wierd sense of humor {I guess that should be "humour" as I believe that's the way Canadian's spell it}.

Btw, here's your hyperlink:

http://rudegnu.com/art_thieme.html

**

Your photos are fantastic. But which photos are of the Yoho National Park?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: kendall
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 09:21 PM

Art, that sounds a lot like " Range of the Buffalo".
Do you know Harry Tuft?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 12:05 AM

Kendall,
I know Harry, but not well. I met him at Hartford, CT ---at a Folk Legacy Festival in the '70s or '80s. The song you're thinking of is the old trad 'Buffalo Skinners.' Woody sang it and taught it to Pete and Jack Elliott---and I learned it in the late 1950s from Pete's AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL BALLADS (or something like that) on Folkways Records. I guess that 'Buf Skinners' and 'Range Of The Buffalo' are one and the same. Mrs. Ravoon -- Griesley Bride: Sure I know Harry!

I listened to your CD twice more today and it refuses to get tiring. Again, what a fine record!

Art


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,jonovision
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 08:33 PM

My goodness gracious...so many oversights....
Marie-Jo Therriault...Moncton
Zachary Richard...Cap Enragé
Timo...Ya ben trop dmonde (acadie)
Bran van 3000...supermodel (thunder bay)
Buddy Wasisname...Dumping on Toronto
Buddy Wasisname...song for newfoundland
Cayouche...auberge du quai de l'horloge (montreal)
Cayouche...pas d'icitte pas d'ailleurs...(paquetteville)
Charbonniers de l'enfer.filles de repentigny
City and colour...Coming Home (Halifax, saskatoon)
Classified...the maritimes (halifax)
Damien...Check One Two (Montreal)
Eric Lapointe...Bobby Pine (Ste-Catherine)
Ian Tyson...Horsetheif moon(alberta)
Jean Leloup...I lost my Baby (Hawksberry, ottawa, ste-foy...)
Joel Plaskett...love this town (Rivière-Du-Loup, Kelowna)
Joel Plaskett...Nowhere with you (Dartmouth)
Sam Roberts...This wreck of a life (Ste-Catherine et St-Laurent)
Fred Eaglesmith...Cumberland County
Stompin' Tom Connors...Just about every song he's ever done includes mentions of St-John, PEI, Clementine, Montreal, Entree Isle, Vancouver, Edmonton, Yukon...
Tom Cochrane...Life's a highway (Vancouver)
The Tragically Hip...About half the songs they every done...including places such as ...Bobcaygeon, Toronto, Twillingate, Brandon...


All I did was pruse through the mp3s on my computer...there are so mny more...


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 07:02 AM

Thanks for that list, Guest jonovision!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 04:32 PM

Two locations crying out for inclusion are Moose Jaw, birthplace of a good friend of mine, and Great Slave Lake (append Yellowknife to that list). I have not seen either mentioned thus far.

Delicacy (and a wish not to offend my Canadian friends) dictates I not mention the specific name of an old Oscar Brand favorite. Suffice it to say that it celebrated the wiles of one celebrated "soiled dove" from a city in Manitoba. C'mon; you know...


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Bert
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 05:41 PM

Harbour Le Cou


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 06:57 PM

Little Abitibi River

Many of Wade Hemsworth's songs.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 02:28 PM

This song was just posted in a recently revived thread. I'm going to take the liberty to copy the entire post and an excerpt from the preceding post:

Subject: RE: Donkey Riding - What's Hong-ki-kong?
From: GUEST,Lighter - PM
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 01:45 PM

Nordhoff:

Were you ever in Quebec,
Chorus:--Bonnie laddie, highland laddie,
Stowing timber on the deck,
Chorus:--My bonnie highland laddie oh.

[Similarly:]

Were you ever in Dundee....
There some pretty ships you'll see....

Were you ever in Merrimashee....
Where you make fast to a tree....

Were you ever in Mobile Bay....
Screwing cotton by the day....

thread.cfm?threadid=41062&messages=56

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Subject: RE: Donkey Riding - What's Hong-ki-kong?
From: Q - PM
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 01:16 PM

In "Folk Songs of Canada," Fowke and Johnston mention the version of "Hieland Laddie" (Donkey Riding) in Charles Nordhoff, "Nine Years a Sailor," 1857, in which Quebec, Dundee, Merrimashee and Mobile are mentioned.
He obtained it from cotton screwers in Mobile. Mentioned in passing in Hugill. ...

thread.cfm?threadid=41062&messages=56

**

Of course, I recognize the Canadian place name Quebec. And I'm assuming that Mobile is Moblile, Alabama (but since the song referred to "Mobile Bay" maybe I'm wrong about that). But where are Dundee and Merrimashee located?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 02:42 PM

Let's not forget "Dance Hall Girls" by Fraser & Debolt.

Each verse ends with the line "Is this the way it always is here in Baltimore?"

At the end of the song, though, they sing, "Is this the way it always is here in Montreal?"


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 03:12 PM

Azizi - it's almost certainly Miramachi, NB.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 03:20 PM

Thanks, Terry.

At one time I would have asked what "NB" means. But now I can pat myself on the back cause I figure it's "New Brunswick, Canada" whose capital is "Fredericton".

(Okay, I admit that I cheated on the capital by looking it up at this website: http://www.canada.gc.ca/othergov-autregouv/prov-eng.html

**

Now that we (okay again-now that I know) that "Merrimashee" is "Miramachi, NB", where is "Dundee"? And was I right that "Mobile" (Mobile Bay) is "Mobile, Alabama, USA"?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 03:24 PM

Mobile is clearly the one in Alabama. Dundee is presumably the city (and port) of that name in Scotland.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Crowhugger
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 03:28 PM

"Country Music" by Marie-Lynn Hammond:

...Well you can play that country music
Yes you can hear those country songs
And all the people lost in the cities
They can't help but play along:
Sing of prairie summers, Ottawa River
And Sunday mornings in a small Quebec town...


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Subject: Something to Sing About
From: Crowhugger
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 04:00 PM

This one's full of place references and IMHO it should be our national anthem, AFTER someone fixes the first 2 lines. For the information of the geographically challenged, the Grand Banks are a large, relatively shallow area of the ocean sitting generally to the south of Newfoundland where cod and other fish used to be absurdly plentiful. If it is indeed sandy, one would need gills to walk on it!

I found the full words in another thread, but since I'm not much of a blue-clicky-maker...


SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT
(Oscar Brand)

I have walked cross the sand
On the Grand Banks of Newfoundland,
Lazed on the ridge of the Mirimichi,
Seen the waves tear and roar
At the stone coast of Labrador
Watched them roll back to the great northern sea.

CHORUS: From the Vancouver Island
To the Alberta highland,
Cross the Prairie, the Lakes to Ontario's towers,
From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes
Out to the Maritimes,
Something to sing about, this land of ours.

I have welcomed the dawn
From the fields of Saskatchewan,
Followed the sun to the Vancouver shore,
Watched it climb shiny new
Up the snow peaks of Caribou,
Up to the clouds where the wild Rockies roar. CHORUS

I have heard the wild wind sing,
The places that I have been,
Bay Bull and Red Deer and Strait of Belle Isle,
Names like Grand Mere and Silverthrone,
Moosejaw and Marrowbone
Trails of the pioneer, named with a smile. CHORUS

I have wandered my way
To the wild wood of Hudson Bay,
Treated my toes to Quebec's morning dew,
Where the sweet summer breeze
Kissed the leaves of the maple trees,
Sharing this song that I'm singing to you. CHORUS

Yes, there's something to sing about,
Tune up a string about,
Call out in chorus or quietly hum,
Of a land that's still young,
With a balled that's still unsung,
Telling the promise of great things to come. CHORUS

TRO ©credit 1963 & 1964, Hollis Music Inc. New York, N.Y.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 04:46 PM

Crowhugger, when that mistake was pointed out to Oscar he changed it to:
"I have walked many a mile
On the shores of Prince Edward Isle"
The sands of Cavendish rise above sea level, :-}


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 04:57 PM

Azizi,

Those places all relate to working ports, or places where migrant type labor would be familiar with.

Mobile Bay (Alabama and Gulf of Mexico ports generally -- Galveston TX, NOLA) was, in some people's opinion "ground zero" for chantey formation. Cotton loading there.

Miramichi and Quebec were timber loading areas. Seasonal labor might shift between there and Mobile.

Dundee is, well, Scotland -- cause that's where the original Hielan' Laddie song came from!! :)

Plenty other places, non-Canadian figure in the song. In my version I ask, "Was you ever in L.A.?"


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Crowhugger
Date: 09 Jun 09 - 12:46 PM

Ahh, I see, Sandy McLean thanks for that...Funny thing is that the version we sang as kids in the later 60's (perhaps before that change) had both the Grand Banks and PEI lines in there somehow, each opening its own verse. Not from someone's memory but from some print version, but maybe not an official print version...that's some more folk process at work I guess.
:-)
~CH~


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Jun 09 - 12:52 PM

Gibb, did you mean this sentence from your 08 Jun 09 - 04:57 PM post to read this way:

Those places all relate to working ports, or places where migrant type labor would be familiar with.

Mobile Bay (Alabama) and Gulf of Mexico ports generally, Galveston TX, NOLA were in some people's opinion "ground zero" for chantey formation.


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Also, does "Cotton loading there" refer to Mobile Bay or all of those ports you mentioned.

I'm not trying to be nit picky (excuse that expression). I'm just trying to gather more trivia information in a true Virgo-ian manner (Virgo-my Ascendant and Mars sign in astrology)


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Azizi
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 12:12 AM

Happy Canada Day!

Visit this link for Canada Songs for children:

http://www.dltk-kids.com/canada/songs/index.html


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: meself
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 12:22 AM

That's mighty kind and considerate of you, Mizz Azizi - and happy Canada Day right back atcha!


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Rowan
Date: 12 Apr 10 - 02:36 AM

Looks like my suggestions about the similarities between "Riding on a donkey" and "Bonnie Hieland Laddie" have already been preempted, although I've always heard the former played in a major scale and the latter I learned and sang in a minor scale. Both appear to refer to aspects of the Transatlantic timber trade.

How about the ultimate place name song written by Nova Scotian, Hank Snow?

I've been everywhere


Well, Hank's song (like the ones from the US and England and other places) is subsequent to, and a parody of the one sung by Lucky Starr that deals with Australian place names. Currently, Hank's effort appears in the DT while Lucky Starr's doesn't.

I seem to recall a lovely strathspey that tunefully recalls the eddies and pools of the St Lawrence River but I'm not sure whether it has words written to it.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Pascal
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 09:51 PM

Please help!
A friend asked me to make a french adaptation of "Fortune come home year" by Eric Kendell; This song is on a mini-tape recorded in Grand-Bank for the Fortune come home year committee (Burin peninsula - 1996)).

But before translating the lyrics, I must have them. Unfortunately I do not understand all the english words. Do somebody can help me about those lyrics. The song is probably not well-known but I can send a digital copy by email to anyone who agree to help me. Thanks.

Pascal from St-Pierre & Miquelon


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 06:57 AM

This first song is by a friend of mine Victor Courte. Not many place names mentioned but more of land reference. Great job Victor.
http://youtu.be/7VuqxaQxux0


This second song has lots of place names. The Mike Plume Band with the song "8:30 Newfoundland" or "This is our Home". Great song.

http://youtu.be/SpMdwDL6xrY

ad.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bobad
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 07:10 AM

David Francey Banks of the Seaway mentions Summerstown which is just east of Cornwall, Ontario, on the St.Lawrence River, which is also mentioned in the song.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: bobad
Date: 13 Aug 11 - 07:37 AM

Guest, Pascal

Your best bet would be to start a new thread with your request and post the English lyrics. Mention in the thread title that you are wanting a French translation of a song.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,Daeth
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 02:17 AM

For something a little more recent, there is a song by the artist Classified called The Maritimes that mostmentions specfics about stuff in Nova Scotia.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 09:25 PM

GUEST,Daeth

Do you have any more information that you could add?
ad.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Mrrzy
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 09:40 PM

In Three Fishermen, they all sailed out for Halifax, they all sailed out for Halifax, hali hali fax fax fax, hali hali fax fax fax, they all sailed out for Halifax.

In the intro to something the Clancy Brothers say something like Some escaped even further west, to the land that became known as Nova Scotia, New Scotland...

And I'm sure I have more sea chanteys about sailing up North, I'll have to see... or, rather, listen.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 09:47 PM

I am very interested in this Mrrzy. Hope you have the time to come up with more.
Thanks.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: David C. Carter
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 06:44 AM

How about "Acadian Driftwood":The Band.

Can't recall all the lyrics at the moment,guess they're on Youtube some place though.

Maybe someone has them.

David


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,999
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 10:09 AM

F C9
The war was over and the spirit was broken
Dm9 Ebmaj9 Gm7
The hills were smokin' as the men withdrew
F
We stood on the cliffs
C/G A9
Oh, and watched the ships
Bb Gm7
Slowly sinking to their rendezvous
F C9
They signed a treaty and our homes were taken
Dm9 Ebmaj9
Loved ones forsaken
Gm7
They didn't give a damn
F
Try'n' to raise a family
C/G A9
End up the enemy
Bb Gm7
Over what went down on the plains of Abraham (*)


F Bb
Acadian driftwood
Gm7 C7
Gypsy tail wind
Bb/D F/C Bb Gm7
They call my home the land of snow
F Bb Gm7 C7
Canadian cold front movin' in
Bb/D F/C
What a way to ride
Bb Dm7/A Gm7 C7 F
Oh, what a way to go



Then some returned to the motherland
The high command had them cast away
And some stayed on to finish what they started
They never parted
They're just built that way
We had kin livin' south of the border
They're a little older and they've been around
They wrote a letter life is a whole lot better
So pull up your stakes, children and come on down

Fifteen under zero when the day became a threat
My clothes were wet and I was drenched to the bone
Been out ice fishing, too much repetition
Make a man wanna leave the only home he's known
Sailing out of the gulf headin' for Saint Pierre
Nothin' to declare
All we had was gone
Broke down along the coast
But what hurt the most
When the people there said
"You better keep movin' on"

Everlasting summer filled with ill-content
This government had us walkin' in chains
This isn't my turf
This ain't my season
Can't think of one good reason to remain
I've worked in the sugar fields up from New Orleans
It was ever green up until the floods
You could call it an omen
Points ya where you're goin'
Set my compass north
I got winter in my blood

Acadian driftwood
Gypsy tail wind
They call my home the land of snow
Canadian cold front movin' in
What a way to ride
Ah, what a way to go

F C7sus4 C7 Bb/D Gm7
Sais tu, A-ca-di-e j'ai le mal du pays
[You know, Acadia, I long for the country (I am homesick)]
F C7sus4 C7 Bb/D Gm7
Ta neige, Acadie, fait des larmes au soleil
[Your snow, Acadia, makes tears in the sun (or for the sun)]
F C7sus4 C7 Bb/D Gm7
J'arrive Acadie, teedle um, teedle um, teedle ooh
[I am arriving Acadia (or I am coming Acadia)]


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,999
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 10:40 AM

Dennis Brown's 'Crossties on a Railroad'. As Bill Garrett pointed out during his set at Namasthe a few months back--the opening line to the song is "I left my home in the Selkirks [Canadian mountain range] where the Douglas-fir stands"--the D-f doesn't grow that far inland from the coast of BC.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: David C. Carter
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 05:17 AM

Many thanks for the "Acadian Driftwood" lyrics 999.

And the added chordse,of cours!

Cheers

David


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,999
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 05:53 AM

Hi, David. You are most welcome.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Beer
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 06:57 AM

Thanks asa well Bruce. Most appreciated. Would have written sooner but as you know I was a bit busy these past three days.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST,999
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 07:17 AM

David,

There's about a half dozen sites that have words and chords. Until you mentioned the song, I'd never heard of it before. But then, I ain't too long outta the trees.

Beer,

I heard all about your busy-ness the last three days. I hope it cleared some space for you.


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: David C. Carter
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 11:19 AM

Bruce, I imagined that there would be a few sites out there,but I was pressed for time yesterday when I posted.

Sorry about that!

Thanks again.

David


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 01:43 PM

It was a pleasure because thanks to that I got to encounter a good song.

(I didn't mean to imply that finding the song was a chore, David. The opposite in fact.)

The Band--is this The Band as in Music From Big Pink?


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 08:15 PM

Hank Snow didn't write I've Been Everywhere but as pointed out adapted an Aussie song. He did however write this and it is one that I sing often.
My Nova Scotia Home


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Subject: RE: Songs That Mention Canadian Places
From: David C. Carter
Date: 13 Sep 11 - 05:53 AM

Guest,Music From Big Pink,that's right.

I was only sorry that I myself was in a hurry to get to someplace,and didn't have time to look it up.
I didn't think that you would find it a chore,LOL.I am happy to hear that you found a song you liked.It isn't as well known as some of their other great(IMO)songs,alas!

So.I won't say "Have a nice day",I'll let you chose what sort of day you want to have!
Best wishes
Take care

David(in another bloody rush)


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