Background

I set out to incorporate some of the iconic symbols of this great country when “North of the 49” was coming together. The 49th parallel was a legitimate place to start such a journey and home was the logical place to end. What better than the northern stars to do the leading. If you’re on the east coast, or the west, or anywhere in between, you can still look into the heavens on a clear night and recognize the starry expanse you knew from your own back yard. The northern stars, then, unite us in a common vision while the trans Canada Highway draws us together – and home is what we call it.

Credits

Written/composed by Pete Thorne
Acoustic Guitar – Sean Roberts
Electric Bass – Alex Paris

Lyrics

North of the forty-nine there lies
A long, wide ribbon road Trans-Canada Highway
To carry me home

Jump in the car let the northern stars
Lead ya laughin’ down the boulevard
‘Cuz that’s what happens and the way things are
On the great Trans-Canada Highway

Up the western mountain to the rocky ridge divide
Down to golden wheat fields on the rollin’ prairie side

And movin’ down the freeway
Bound for places I have known
Feels a lot like home
Gimme winding ribbon roads
Gimme blue sky, earth and stone
Highway take me home.

Back on the tar

Waters agleam ‘round the great lakes scene
The northern forest and ‘the land between’
Along St. Lawrence with some french cuisine
On the great Trans-Canada highway

Easin’ down the seaway with Canadian savoir
Greet the folks and raise a toast then bid them “au revoir”

And movin’ down the freeway
Bound for places I have known
Feels a lot like home
Gimme winding ribbon roads
Gimme blue sky, earth and stone
Highway take me home.

Back on the tar
Where the good things are
At the end of a travellin’ day
There’s some stars above in the heaven I love
They lead me on my way-he-HEE
Blue sky, earth from sea to sea
This sure feels like home to me

Just down the line where the roads incline
To deep blue harbours in the Maritimes
The seagull chorus is a friend of mine
On the great Trans-Canada highway
Tidal bore, Atlantic shore
All lead to journey’s end
The ferry dock, oh blessed thought
I’m on the rock again.

Gimme winding ribbon roads
Gimme blue sky, earth and stone
Highway take me home.

Back on the tar
Where the good things are
At the end of a travellin’ day
There’s some stars above in the heaven I love
They lead me on my way-he-HEE
Blue skies, earth from sea to sea
Sweeping, soaring panoply
Those northern stars

Jump in the car let the northern stars
Lead ya laughin’ down the boulevard
‘Cuz that’s what happens and the way things are
On the great Trans-Canada Highway