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Something To Sing About (Michael Mitchell) video
#1285: YouTube video by Grant Temple ©2012
~ Used with permission ~

I have walked 'cross the sand
and the Grand Banks of Newfoundland,
[The above line changed by Oscar Brand
after publication to:]

I have walked many a mile on the shores
of Prince Edward Isle,
Lazed on the ridge of the Miramichi;
Seen the waves tear and roar
on the stone coast of Labrador,
Watched them roll back to that great Northern Sea.

From Vancouver Island
to the Alberta highlands,
'Cross the prairies, the lakes
to Ontario's tower;
From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes,
out to the Maritimes,
Something to sing about,
this land of ours.

I have welcomed the dawn
from the fields of Saskatchewan,
Followed the sun to
the Vancouver shore;
Watched it climb shiny new
up the stone peaks of Caribou,
Up to the clouds where
the wild Rockies soar.

From Vancouver Island
to the Alberta highlands,
'Cross the prairies, the lakes
to Ontario's tower;
From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes,
out to the Maritimes,
Something to sing about,
this land of ours.

I have heard the wild wind sing
of places I have been,
Bay Bull and Red Deer
and the Strait of Belle Isle;
Names like Grand Mere and Silverstone,
Moose Jaw and Marrowbone,
Names of the pioneer, named with a smile.

From Vancouver Island
to the Alberta highlands,
'Cross the prairies, the lakes
to Ontario's tower;
From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes,
out to the Maritimes,
Something to sing about,
this land of ours.

I have wandered my way to
the wild wood of Hudson's Bay,
Treated my toes to
Quebec's morning dew;
Where the sweet summer breeze
through the leaves of the maple trees,
Tell us the story I'm singing to you.

From Vancouver Island
to the Alberta highlands,
'Cross the prairies, the lakes
to Ontario's tower;
From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes,
out to the Maritimes,
Something to sing about,
this land of ours.

Yes, there's something to sing about,
tune up a string about,
Call out in chorus or quietly hum;
Of a country that's young
with a ballad that's still unsung,
Sharing the promise of great things to come.

From Vancouver Island
to the Alberta highlands,
'Cross the prairies, the lakes
to Ontario's tower;
From the sound of Mount Royal's chimes,
out to the Maritimes,
Something to sing about,
this land of ours.
Yes, there's something to sing about,
this land of ours!

####.... Oscar Brand, 1963 ....####
Note: This rousing song about Canada's natural beauty was written by Oscar Brand for a television special. The lyrics above were later arranged by Michael Mitchell for the theme song at the Canadian pavilion of Expo '67 in Montreal, Quebec. Mitchell is a singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar to present Canada Is For Kids, a one-hour concert featuring songs and stories of Canadian heritage. His extensive 24-year background in the military also earned him the honour in 1993 of being invested by the Governor-General of Canada as an Officer of the Order Military Merit. ~ MKM Music Productions Ltd, Victoria BC.

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