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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Logdriver's Waltz

In honour of Canada Day, I present what I believe should be our second official national anthem: The Log Driver's Waltz.


Anonymous said...

Is it coincidence that Tony Atherton of the Ottawa Citizen has been working on a story he calls "The Referanthem"? The idea is born of two great Canadian traditions: tongue-in-cheek humour (or is it passive-aggressive media manipulation?) and the need to ask everybody in the country what they think.

The concept is that the Canadian Nathional Anthem, O Canada, was a rush job. Maybe it should be replaced with something that a) has more appeal, b) has a melody that doesn't require opera training to sing, and c) has lyrics that everybody in Canada(read: Ottawa Citizen subscribers) can relate to.

Kevin Sylvester on the CBC did a segment on the Referanthem, and took the time to play out some of the proposed alternatives, from the Brittanic majesty of "Maple Leaf Forever" to that nauseating (in my view) "CAAAAAH-NUHHHH-DUHHHH" song from the '67 Olympics.

"Log Driver's Waltz"... I enjoyed seeing that clip again. I'm sure the Americans have their log-drivers as well, but the NFB definitely put their stamp on that one.

For Canada's national anthem, if I did have the temerity and the political will to dump O Canada into the gutter, I would humbly and predictably suggest the great "Hockey Night In Canada" theme by Dolores Claman. Even the Ottawa Citizen readership knows all the words to that one, Habs fans too!

Earl J. Woods said...

"Hockey Night in Canada" has words? I thought it was strictly an instrumental.

As all my friends know, I'm no hockey fan, but I have to admit the piece is excellent, very stirring. It has a sort of "watch out, here we come" vibe to it.

Hey, it's Canada
Hey, it's Canada
Hey, it's Canada, hey!

We're all Canadian
We like Canadian Bacon
We have beavers and Inuit
Loggers and Iqualit, yeah!

Universal health care
Poutine and grizzly be-ars
We like to remember Vimy Ridge
And make grilled cheese sandwiches, yeah!

We're all Canadian here
There's nothing to fe-ar
For all Canadian denizens
Are good global citizens, hey!

(Or at least we're trying)
It's no fun to watch dying
So we send some peacekeepers out
Then come home and fish trout, hey!


Liam J. said...

Personally, I like Oh Canada by Five Iron Frenzy.

"They've got mooses and sled dogs, lots of lumber and lumberjacks and logs.

Don't you think it's kind of a drag that you have to go there to get milk in a bag."

If I weren't so lazy.... um... busy. Yes, productively busy... if I weren't so busy, I would look up the whole song.