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July 19, 2004

Redemption Song

We all know the Canadian anthem is dull and that for reasons of political lameness we will never get to sing the Maple Leaf Forever at hockey games and so forth. We need something inspiring. We need something speaking to faith carrying us through tests and trials. We need something cool.

Be it resolved that Canada should change its national anthem to "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 19, 2004 08:50 AM

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Oh, hell no. "Home for a Rest", Spirit of the West. Now *that's* a national anthem.

Posted by: Bob Tarantino at July 19, 2004 09:36 AM

If want to go with Spirit of the West, it should really be 'The Crawl' (hope I'm recalling the title correctly, it is one of their early ones).

Why? 'Home for a Rest' is all about drinking in Europe ... whereas this one is all about drinking in Canada (well, at least drinking on the North Shore) ;)

Posted by: watson aname at July 19, 2004 09:46 AM

If nominations are opening up, I want to put in a good word for "To it and at it" by the man himself, Stompin' Tom - take it away Tom:

"There's a rainbow in Toronto where the maritimers are bold
They always get a potfull-but they never get a pot of gold..."

Posted by: alan at July 19, 2004 10:35 AM

It it's Stompin Tom then it has to be the Hockey Song! The deranged enthusiasm the anthem would produce would be sure to intimidate any international audience. Also, an excellent choice for singing at non-hockey related sporting events.

Posted by: Flea at July 19, 2004 10:42 AM

I would like to amend the motion to make it "Redemption Song" by Joe Strummer off of the 2003 record Streetcore.

Posted by: Alan at July 19, 2004 10:53 AM

Is that the one with Johnny Cash? The thing is * we * would all be singing it being the anthem and all...

Posted by: Flea at July 19, 2004 11:01 AM

No, I think it is just Joe's ciggie ravaged voice and an acoustic guitar. But you are right - it would be we singing "Pirates, yes they rob I..." Bestest song.

Posted by: Alan at July 19, 2004 01:41 PM

I'm stubborn -- why couldn't we just do as the Germans did and ditch the first verse of The Maple Leaf Forever and start with the Queenston Heights stuff? Surely a verse about fighting off the Yanks in the War of 1812 couldn't be offensive to anyone. (And to the fellow pro-Americans -- their anthem's about beating us back. Fair's fair.) Alas.

Still, if we can't do that, I'd have fun with Barrett's Privateers. Even if it is about losing everything and ending up a broken man on Halifax pier.

(But I'll never say a word against Bob Marley.)

Posted by: Ben at July 19, 2004 01:52 PM

I've got it!

Something we can all relate to, whether it be literally or figuratively:

The Black Fly Song


Posted by: Ben at July 19, 2004 02:04 PM

I'd vote for "Northwest Passage" by Stan Rogers; I mean, it doesn't get more Canadian than that, now does it?

Posted by: Paul Jané at July 19, 2004 04:06 PM

Well folks, the problem with some of these nominations is their regional content. My favourite Canadian tune is by Blue Rodeo but seeing as it is singing about Lake Ontario I figure I would get flack from elsewhere suggesting it for a national anthem. This is where Jamaica comes in!

Here is a sample from the Johnny Cash/Joe Strummer duet.

Posted by: Flea at July 19, 2004 04:19 PM

Well, I vote for "Redemption Song"
"Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -"

Posted by: Demetrius at July 20, 2004 03:47 PM