Friday, March 05, 2010

The Maple Leaf Forever

We could always go back this:

In Days of yore,
From Britain's shore
Wolfe the dauntless hero came
And planted firm Britannia's flag
On Canada's fair domain.
Here may it wave,
Our boast, our pride
And joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwined,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

[CHORUS]
The Maple Leaf
Our Emblem Dear,
The Maple Leaf Forever.
God save our Queen and heaven bless,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

At Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane
Our brave fathers side by side
For freedom's home and loved ones dear,
Firmly stood and nobly died.
And so their rights which they maintained,
We swear to yeild them never.
Our watchword ever more shall be
The Maple Leaf Forever

[CHORUS]

Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound
May peace forever be our lot
And plenty a store abound
And may those ties of love be ours
Which discord cannot sever
And flourish green for freedom's home
The Maple Leaf Forever



Not that The Maple Leaf Forever wasn't tampered with. My mother, who went to school in Orange, Protestant York County learned the song in the 1930s with these lines

The Maple Leaf
Our Emblem Dear,
The Maple Leaf Forever.
God save our Queen and heaven bless,
The Maple Leaf Forever.



sung as this:

The Shamrock, Thistle, Rose entwined
The Maple Leaf forever.
God save our King and heaven bless
The Maple Leaf Forever
.

But my father, who was educated in a Roman Catholic private school in Kitchener at about the same time, learned those lines as:

The Lily, Thistle, Rose entwined
The Maple Leaf forever...



I've always thought the words of O Canada were something like:

O Canada, our home-made naked land
(or "our home on Native land")
then mumble mumble mumble until the music stops. At least, that's the way everyone seems to sing it.

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