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Lyr Req: Canada Is

Dramatist 04 Nov 03 - 06:31 AM
Marion 04 Nov 03 - 08:18 PM
Joe Offer 04 Nov 03 - 08:44 PM
Dramatist 05 Nov 03 - 08:23 AM
Peace 27 Nov 05 - 03:19 AM
Peace 27 Nov 05 - 03:42 AM
Jim Dixon 28 Nov 05 - 10:12 AM
Peace 28 Nov 05 - 10:19 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 04 Jan 06 - 06:54 PM
GUEST,I Lee 16 Dec 06 - 12:44 AM
GUEST,meself 16 Dec 06 - 07:26 AM
Inukshuk 16 Dec 06 - 09:20 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Dramatist
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 06:31 AM

Some years ago (about 20!!!) I bought an album in Canada by Roger Whittaker. It was a Canadian release. Moving house a while back it got lost in transit. I can neither locate another copy, nor can I find the full lyrics for the title track, 'Canada Is', which I once knew and used to sing but have now forgotten in part - here is some of it, anyway:

".... for time will make tis wild land great
And that's what Canada Is.
Canada Is the Rocky Mountains,
Canada Is Prince Edward Island,
Canada Is a Country made for love.
Canada Is the Prarie cowboy,
Canada is the Yukon miner,
Canada Is a country made for love."

Can anybody help with the rest of the Lyric?
Many thanks,
Jonathan. (UK).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Marion
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 08:18 PM

Yeah, I remember learning that in school about 20 years ago. I remember one verse was something like:

"We have faith in our future,
We're happy and contented,
We have faith in our children
And our borders have no chains.
We've got a voice that is calling
Telling all free men we're willing
To show them how to live in peace,
And that's what Canada is..."

Good luck, Marion


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 08:44 PM

Possible additional snippet here (click):
    We have love for our neighbour
    Of whatever creed or colour
    We have love for our cities
    And our valleys and our plains

    We have a voice that is calling
    Telling all the world we're willing
    To show them how to live in peace
    And that's what Canada is!
I guess it's nice to know that we in the U.S. aren't the only ones who have sappy patriotic songs.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Dramatist
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 08:23 AM

Thanks both! Any further offers welcome.
Jonathan (UK)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Peace
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 03:19 AM

The lyrics you cite bear a resemblance to Duke Redbird's poem, "I Am a Canadian".

Redbird began writing poetry in the 1960s. His early protest poems, such as "I am the Redman" and "The Beaver" "reflect the political turmoil of the period when he was a militant social activist" (Petrone 130). "The Beaver" likens the white man's ways to the beaver who damns himself in, who "works all night without light/in the darkness" but the result of all this labour is a stagnant pond, and "all the creepy crawly creatures/will crawl down, to make a home/within that putrid pond." It ends with a warning to his brothers not to become a beaver, not to build a dam:

        For this is what the whiteman does
        With brick and stone and sand

        Till his mind is like that lake
        Filled with weird wicked wretches
        That give no peace.

        Then he cries to his creator
        In desperation

        Please God, my God, deliver me
        From damnation.

However, not all are protest poems; "I am a Canadian" is a sixty line poem celebrating the peoples of Canada, presented to Queen Elizabeth at her Silver Jubilee in 1977. Redbird captures a national slideshow of family photos:

        I'm a clown in Quebec during carnival
        I'm a mass in the cathedral of St. Paul
        I'm a hockey game in the forum
        I'm Rocket Richard and Jean Beliveau
        I'm a coach for little league Expos
        I'm a babysitter for sleep defying rascals
        I'm a canoe trip down the Ottawa
        I'm a holiday on the Trent
        I'm a mortgage, I'm a loan
        I'm last week's unpaid rent

The poem ends:

        I'm the Arctic Ocean, and the Beaufort Sea,
        I'm the prairies, I'm the Great Lakes,
        I'm the Rockies, I'm the Laurentians,
        I am French
        I am English
        And I'm Métis
        But more than this
        Above all this
        I am Canadian and proud to be free.

In 1978, Redbird published his Masters thesis in political science from York University entitled We Are Métis, an impassioned history of the Métis, and the first of its kind—a history of the Métis by a Métis.

The poems of the 1980s "reveal a mellowed Redbird who has moved... onto such subjects and themes as the beauty of the landscape; love of family, home and friends; and romantic love" (Petrone 158).

        I've climbed the mountain,
        And feared the stony path
        I've reached the precipice,
        And I've laughed
        At the crevasses of life.
        I've shouted my triumph at the granite wall
        And watched my failures fall.
        Lord, I've loved the morning
        And slept with the night,
        I've touched the goodness,
        And fondled the sin,
        I've wondered at creation
        And cursed some paths I've been.

Redbird has represented Canada in many ways: as vice-president of the Native Council of Canada, President of the Ontario Metis and Non-Status Indian Association, his poem "Indian Pavilion" was featured during Expo '67 in Montreal, and he represented Canada at the Valmiki World Poetry Festival in Delhi, India (1985). In 1987, a commissioned work of his was read at the opening of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. He has combined many of his talents in a recent CD of his poetry and music called Duke Redbird's Poetry. Redbird currently operates a wilderness retreat in Madawaska, Ontario (Petrone 127).

Selected Titles: Loveshine and Red Wine (1981) Duke Redbird's Poetry (CD)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Peace
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 03:42 AM

The above was from a google of

duke redbird, I am a canadian

www.youngpoets.ca/history/history22.php

I met Duke in the late 1970s in Ottawa for a Canada Day CBC radio broadcast.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CANADA IS (from Roger Whittaker)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 10:12 AM

Copied from another forum called The SpiceIslander TalkShop:

CANADA IS
Roger Whittaker*

Canada is the Rocky Mountain.
Canada is Prince Edward Island.
Canada is a country made for love.
Canada is La Belle Provence.
Canada is the Yukon miner.
Canada is a country full of love.

We have love for our neighbour
Of whatever creed or colour.
We have love for our cities
And our valleys and our plains.
We have a voice that is calling,
Telling all the world we're willing
To welcome them to this great land,
'Cause that's what Canada is.

Canada is the Rocky Mountain.
Canada is Prince Edward Island.
Canada is a country made for love.
Canada is La Belle Provence.
Canada is the Yukon miner.
Canada is a country full of faith.

We have faith in our future.
We're ready for tomorrow.
We've faith in our children
For our future is in their hands.
We have a voice that is calling,
Telling us to keep on hoping,
For time will make this wild land great,
And that's what Canada is.

Canada is the Rocky Mountain.
Canada is Prince Edward Island.
Canada is a country made for love.
Canada is La Belle Provence.
Canada is the Yukon miner.
Canada is a country loving peace.

We have peace in our valleys.
We are happy and contented.
We have peace in our cities
And our boundaries have no chains.
We have a voice that is calling,
Telling all free men we are willing
To show them how to live in peace,
For that's what Canada is.

Canada is the Rocky Mountain.
Canada is Prince Edward Island.
Canada is a country made for love.
Canada is La Belle Provence.
Canada is the Yukon miner.
Canada is a country full of love.

[*My source shows Roger Whittaker's name alongside the song title, but experience shows you can't assume this means he wrote it.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Peace
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 10:19 AM

Good work there, Jim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 04 Jan 06 - 06:54 PM

I checked and found Roger Whittaker's web-site. There's a guestbook, and I asked about the recordings it's on, and the author(s). Here's what I got back

Anthony D.P. Mann
Wed Dec 28 23:37:26 2005
 
Hi! In response to Mr. Seto, "Canada Is" was written by Steve Hyde & Eric Robertson, and exists in several versions. The song is available on the wonderful LP "Travelling With RW", and is available on CD on the Tembo release of "Greatest Hits" (TMCD4331). A live version of the song also appears on the "Live in Vienna" LP ("From the People, To the People" in Canada). Roger performed this song during the 2004 Greatest Hits tour - a very special song for our very special country.

Vicky and Rory
Wed Dec 28 23:52:49 2005
 
This is further regarding "CANADA IS". In addition to the information provided by Anthony Mann, "Canada Is" is also available on RCA Canada KCD1-0118, the CD reissue of the 1975 Greatest Hits LP, KPL1-0118. These are the short 3'20" versions. The longer 4'30" version seems to only be on RCA Australia and Philips Norway LPs and cassettes.

 
For those who care about these things.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: GUEST,I Lee
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 12:44 AM

Please visit Canadian Cities at http://www.geocities.com/researchguide/cancities.html where you will find more information on CANADA IS. Thanks to a wonderful researcher at Library and Archives Canada, I finally found out who the composers were.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 07:26 AM

"I guess it's nice to know that we in the U.S. aren't the only ones who have sappy patriotic songs."

True - but we never sing ours. Notice this one was recorded by an Australian(correct? NZer?), the inquiry was from a Brit, and most Canadians seem never to have heard of the song. Or of the Duke Redbird poem, for that matter.

On the other hand, almost everyone can declaim that annoying Molson's commercial from a couple years back ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: Inukshuk
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 09:20 AM

I have the words and music to "Canada Is". It's in an old elementary school music book that I used to teach from. Can't lay my hands on it just at the moment, but I'll keep hunting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: GUEST,Chris Green
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 11:29 AM

Roger Wittaker is from Africa. Rhodesia, I believe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Canada Is
From: CET
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 06:01 AM

Does the misspelling "la belle provence" come direct from the SpiceIslander website? It should, of course, be "la belle province." It makes a difference since Provence is a department of France. Also the two words are pronounced differently.

Edmund


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