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The Dire Wolf (The Tragically Hip)

In that September, off Isle aux Morts,
The desultory sea grew more so through the night,
And made one think of tawny ports,
As aspen tremblin' in tomorrow's thorough light,
And of Tallulah Bankhead and Canada Lee,
Somewhere far-off, peaceful, sleeping and done with acting.

Past the Dire Wolf's lair on a Newfoundland's paws,
Close to nowhere and halfway across, but never more 'here';
Expanse getting broader,
Though bigger boats been done by less water;
Tho' better boats been done by this water,
Tho' better boats been done by less water.

In that September off Isle aux Morts,
Colourable seas grew more so through the night,
And made one think of yawnin' shores,
Gambier-bleached in tomorrow's thorough light,
And the Tallulah Bankhead and Canada Lee,
Somewhere far-off, peaceful, sleeping, they learned to love sleep.

At the Dire Wolf's crest the Newfoundland paused,
Desolate's best was gotten across;
We were never more 'here', expanse getting broader,
When better boats been done by this water.
At the Dire Wolf's best the Newfoundland paused,
So desperate as to be a lost cause.

You were never more 'here', expanse getting broader,
When better boats been done by this water;
Where bigger boats been done by less water,
And better boats been done by this water;
When bigger boats been done by less water,
And better boats been done by this water.

####.... The Tragically Hip ....####
Recorded by The Tragically Hip (In Violet Light, trk#10, 2002, Universal Music Group, New York, produced by Hugh Padgham, recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas and The Bathouse Recording Studio, Bath Ontario).

Liner Notes: Tallulah Bankhead and Canada Lee were both actors. The former was a member of the Algonquin Roundtable and a Hollywood star. The latter was a former boxer-turned-stage actor in a notorious 1936 all-African-American production of "MacBeth." Ironically, Lee was not born in Canada, but in New York. Bankhead and Lee co-starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 "Lifeboat."

From the St. Louis Science Center: The dire wolf was one of the most common predators of the North American Pleistocene Epoch. Much larger but slower than a modern wolf, this canine possessed powerful jaws and massive teeth that helped it crush the bones of its prey. Dire wolves lived in packs and often preyed on young and weak mastodons and mammoths. They became extinct about 8,000 years ago, perhaps because the large plant-eaters on which they depended also died out.



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