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Causeway Crossing (A MacDonald and J Gillis)

From where the sun rises and where the sun sets,
They leave this fair isle for the gold of the west;
There's many a young heart that's filled with regret,
For in seeking to find, they find something less.

So piper, pipe a lament sad and low,
For on the road to the isles the wrong way I go,
Leaving behind me all that I know,
The highlands high, and the lowlands low.

The Canso Causeway's a wonder they say,
It's mainland rock and mainland clay;
Many do come but they don't plan to stay,
It was built for going away.

As I cross the strait, a mile or so strand,
I look to the woods, the dark timber stand;
And deep in my heart, though I can't understand,
Why I break my heart to find work with my hands.

Oh, the Canso Causeway's a wonder they say,
I wish it were sand covered over with clay;
Then the water and weather will wear it away,
And on Cape Breton Island forever I'd stay.

The Canso Causeway's a wonder they say,
It's mainland rock and mainland clay;
Many do come but they don't plan to stay,
It was built for going away.

####.... Written as a tribute to the Canso Strait with words by Albert MacDonald and music by John Gillis for the show, The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island ....####
Notes:
The Canso Causeway is a 1,385 m (4,583 ft) road and railway in Nova Scotia that is elevated by a rock-filled bank which crosses the Strait of Canso, connecting Cape Breton Island to the Nova Scotia peninsula. Its crest thickness is 40 metres (131.2 ft), carrying two vehicle traffic lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway as well as the single track mainline of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway.

Opened in 1955, the causeway has a base width of 244 m (800.5 ft) in waters having a maximum depth of 65 m (213 ft). The 24 m (78.7 ft) wide and 570 m (1,870 ft) long Canso Canal is located at the eastern end of the causeway to allow ship traffic to transit the Strait of Canso. There is a 94 m (308.3 ft) swing bridge which carries the road and railway line across the canal.

The word "Canso" is believed to be derived from the Mi'kmaq word kamsok, which means "opposite the lofty cliffs."

For Newfoundlanders, the Causeway lies along the primary route for vehicular traffic coming by ferry from Port-Aux-Basques, Newfoundland, via North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to all points in Mainland Canada.



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