Background

From the moment this song took shape it felt, to me, like an anthem. I thought at first it should be sung a cappella – (anyone but me). It’s the voice of authority – from a bygone era.  His challenge to everyone is to attend to the future by remembering the best of the past.  Canada’s unique approach is its understanding of the brotherhood of man.  Uphold it and share it with the world.  Ring out those peace bells!

Credits

Writer/composer – Pete Thorne
Acoustic Guitar – Sean Roberts

Lyrics

Oh Canada Arise, he said
The daylight dawns upon your eastern shore
So head on down to Charlottetown in 1864
It’s time to find some common ground
And rally ‘round the future bold and brave
With shoulders back and Union Jack
It’s Canada’s reveille

So write this story down
And don’t forget the way, the why, the how
Molding, mending, never ending
Nation do or die
For you and I

In Ottawa we’ll build, he said
A far flung wide dominion under heaven
When men conversed on July 1st of 1867
So cut the timber hew the logs
And work the soil to till and toil and then
We’ll celebrate and cultivate
As French and English men

Cuz time after time, in your arms I’ve found a refuge
Like the people that were rescued
When they landed on these shores
So ring the bells of Parliament
To hear the knell of freedom
In the stories and the glories
That ya hear time after time after time
BELLS

We’ll build a railway west, he said
And find a way to keep the dream alive
In sovereignty from sea to sea in 1885
Invite the hale and hearty folks
With ox and yokes to coax the lone prairie
So swing and strike the golden spike
Up in Craigellachie

But write this story down
And don’t forget the way, the why, the how
Molding, mending, never ending
Nation do or die
For you and I

So come together now he said
With heart impart some ‘joie de vive’ divined
In working bees and chivarees of 1889
Remind each one as humankind
To find in every Peace Bell Tower chime
That story born of Canada
Has brotherhood enshrined

Cuz time after time, in your arms I’ve found a refuge
Like the people that were rescued
When they landed on these shores
So ring the bells of Parliament
To hear the knell of freedom
In the stories and the glories
That ya hear time after time after timee

So thanks for yesterday
And thank you for today and wisdom borrowed
Let’s build her strong and long before tomorrow
They will follow
BELLS

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