Background

W.O.Mitchell’s iconic novel “Who Has Seen the Wind” was required reading for Ms. Stephen’s grade 12 English class at Newtonbrook Secondary School. She was an inspirational teacher and that book was more like an experience than a reading assignment. When I decided to write a song about Saskatchewan, I wanted to incorporate something of that aura that stayed with me from “Who Has Seen the Wind”. Since Mitchell tied his novel about life in Saskatchewan to the theme of the wind, I thought I might do the same. I’ve been through Saskatchewan only once – back in the summer of grade 11, so Saskatchewan was something of an enigma to me, personally. For that reason I thought I’d keep the song illusory just like the coming of age experience of that young prairie boy, Brian O’Connal.

Credits

Writer/composer – Pete Thorne
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Sean Roberts
Electric Guitar – Alex Paris

Lyrics

Over the hills of the western lily
Buffalo bones and the grazing filly
Tumblin’ past on the wind blown grass
Soft breezes love Saskatchewan

Oh how I wish that I had you by my side
On a highway bound for Saskatoon
Still tryin’ to catch the wind
Big sky under heaven and the wheat field rollin’ by
Saskatchewaning dawning worth remembering

CHORUS
Wind in your hair like golden grassy meadow
Dreamy blue eyes like endless prairie sky
The moment I see your face Saskatchewan
It’s love I won’t deny
You carry me up and off and then
You sweep me away with you again
Falling for you is just like trying to catch the wind

Oh how I wish that I had you by my side
Along an ever bending river road
Under the aspen, birch and pine
Dappled sun where the breezes run
Till the day gets left behind
Saskatchewaning afternoon surrendering

CHORUS

There’s the sound of clapping in the paper birch grove
It’s the leaves a laughin’ at the wind that keeps me wondering
Maybe you’re planning on another surprise
And I’ll wake up early to another Saska sunrise
Balmy breeze please tease me one more time to go
Who has seen the wind

Oh how I wish that I had you by my side
On a summer evening rendezvous
Beneath your northern nights of love
Silent sights in the moon tossed heights
In a place I’m dreaming of
Saskatchewaning starry heaven splendouring

Over the hills of the western lily
Buffalo bones and the grazing filly
Tumblin’ past on the wind blown grass
Soft breezes love Saskatchewan