OH, CANADA!

I was born and raised in eastern Washington and moved to Canada to live and finish university. In September of 2017 I marked my arrival in this beautiful country nearly 50 yrs. ago....and that year, 2017, was also Canada's 150th birthday! So I celebrated both with a song. Here's my song for Canada!

 OH, CANADA     

┬ęcopyright L.M. Harbaugh 2017


Oh, Canada, my heart is tethered here,

On this "pale blue dot" you're the place that I hold dear,

Oh Canada, "Stars and Stripes" to "Maple Leaf",

Coming here was destiny, that's my belief.

Oh Canada.


Oh Canada, when I first heard your song,

I was just nineteen and trying to figure out where I belong,

But, Oh Canada, then your Rockies I did see,

Through a car window, they beckoned me,

Oh Canada.


Oh Canada, just "above the fruited plain",

Where the frightened and fleeing are captured and detained,

Oh Canada, let them write in history, 

How you offered hope and sanctuary,

Oh Canada.


Oh Canada, the first ones who lived on this land,

They've been forgotten, and so it is with them I make my stand,

Oh Canada, treat them tenderly,

Keep your promises, restore their dignity,

Oh Canada.


Oh Canada, nearly fifty years ago,

I came to live in a strange land with those I didn't know, 

Oh Canada, how the stars did favour me,

For this is my home, it's where I want to be.

Oh Canada.

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Oh, Canada, my heart is tethered here,

On this "pale blue dot" you're the place that I hold dear,

Oh Canada, "Stars and Stripes" to "Maple Leaf",

Coming here was destiny, that's my belief.

Oh Canada.


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Created by Lynn Harbaugh