Movin' To Canada

by Nuclear Spaceship

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

1.
01:56
2.
3.
03:46
4.
5.
03:24
6.
04:03
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
01:24

about

An album about Canada, its geography, history, and culture

"O Canada" written by Calixa Lavallée and Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier
"Canadian Railroad Trilogy" written by Gordon Lightfoot
"Theme From Trailer Park Boys" written by Blain Morris
"Un Canadien Errant" written by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie
"Take Off" written by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, presumably

credits

released August 14, 2016

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Nuclear Spaceship Maine, Maine

Fritz Derblansky: Guitar, mandolin, banjo, sitar, shamisen, saxophone. trumpet

Ringo Raskolnikov: Bass, cello, violin, vocals, flute, tin whistle

Lucy LaFramp: piano, organ, synthesizer, clavinet, accordion, vibraphone, melodica, kalimba

Charlie Barnaby: drums, congas, cowbell, harmonica, backup vocals
... more

contact / help

Contact Nuclear Spaceship

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: The Canadian Shield
I know it's cold but we have to carry on
Find us someplace to build ourselves a home
Can't say when we'll see our day in the sun
If we die before all is said and done here, well have no fear

For there is a force that cradles the sea
And shimmers in the daylight hours
How do you feel? Is anything real?
Behind the Canadian shield

Mountains watching every migratory flight
Northern waters watching over Eastern nights
Lay back, observe the way the lights fade
As you venture into subarctic unknown, traveling alone

Here is a land that colors the Earth
and cultivates a natural fire
How do you feel when you're asked to kneel
before the Canadian shield?

Oil and stone, the last of the people who live off the land as best as they can
Fire and ice, the fuel of glaciers that flatten the plains

Snow and rock claim many a life of the people who come to feel reborn
Across the sea, the people lie waiting to tear up the trails

Protect the ground before it gives way, before the creatures are absorbed
Green and red, recreate the destruction of warriors proud and strong

Speaking no words, mimicking the sound of beasts
Feeling the bare ground, soft beneath their feet

For there is a force that cradles the sea
and shimmers in the daylight hours
How do you feel when you're able to wield the mighty Canadian shield?
Track Name: Yukon Ho!
The men who rushed for gold ten years before
Challenged for the cup back in 05
Mining men from a mining town, dog sleds on the snow
Dreams of Ottawa warming their minds

The silver seven stood in line, right there on the ice
Dawson City boys got off the train
After three long weeks they knew they had an awful lot to prove
Have to play one hell of a game

And as they took their positions
The puck came down, sticks held way down low
Just Klondike boys, playing for the chance
To see the crowd screaming Yukon Ho

Offside goals and high-sticks brought their numbers to a peak
9 to 2 the first night brought their spirits down
Northern men and city boys could treat each other nice
That is until they're fighting for the crown

23 to 2 cried out the board held high above
Dawson City falling ever further off the map
Though Forrest on the goal kept dignity afloat
Fortune found the mines had all been tapped

And as they took their positions
The puck came down, sticks held way down low
Just Klondike boys, playing for the chance
To see the crowd screaming Yukon Ho
Track Name: Pierre
Pierre, it's time for you to campaign
It's 1968 and you're on your way
Pierre, with your youth appeal,
All us Canadians feel that today's your today

Pierre, you're multi-cultural, you're bilingual, and that's alright
Pierre, you had it under control, when they murdered LaPorte
We're all safe tonight

Pierre, you're back in power again
Doing everything that you can for Canada
Though your economic policy
Not without controversy among the Quebecois

Pierre, you've fostered nationalism, you've prevented a schism, kept the country as one
Pierre, we tried to live without you, but we can't bring ourselves to, your work's not done

Pierre, now your work is completed,
You were the man that we needed, best we've ever had
Although your legacy in the prairies
May be slightly contrary, but don't listen to that

Pierre, you've kept a glimmer of light on, a Canadian icon just like Tim Horton's
Pierre, you know we need you again, but until then we can take Justin
Track Name: Saskatchewan
You were wearing a load bearing
tuxedo when you walked out of the door
It was December and I remember
you saying you were sick of being poor

Tired of failure, grain elevators
elevate you onto something more
You left Yorkton, you went to Portland
left everyone to even up the score

But there's something you should know
I could never really go

Saskatchewan, I could never love anyone else but you, girl
Saskatchewan, I'm no silo but I think you know, girl

You can see it through the peep-holes
Getting strength from many peoples

Please don't call me just a yuppie
cuz' I've got my interests out in town
I'm just wary of the prairie
see everything in shades of golden brown

Not to mention your condescension
we really ain't that folksy or too proud
So why pretend, and why extend
the time that's only spent hanging around?

Conversations with a mirror
Ain't never been any clearer

Saskatchewan, I could never love anyone else but you girl
Saskatchewan, I'd love to go but I need you so, girl

Saskatoon might be the answer
Regina don't do what we ask her

Saskatchewan, why would anyone live anywhere but you?
Track Name: Canadian Railroad Trilogy
There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
when the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
Long before the white man and long before the wheel
when the green dark forest was too silent to be real
But time has no beginnings and history has no bounds
as to this verdant country they came from all around
They sailed upon her waterways and they walked the forests tall
built the mines, mills and the factories for the good of us all

And when the young man's fancy was turnin' to the spring
the railroad men grew restless for to hear the hammers ring
Their minds were overflowing with the visions of their day
and many a fortune won and lost and many a debt to pay

For they looked in the future and what did they see
They saw an iron road runnin' from the sea to the sea
Bringin' the goods to a young growin' land
all up through the seaports and into their hands

Look away said they across this mighty land
from the eastern shore to the western strand
Bring in the workers and bring up the rails
we gotta lay down the tracks and tear up the trails
Open 'er heart let the life blood flow
gotta get on our way 'cause we're movin' too slow

Bring in the workers and bring up the rails
we're gonna lay down the tracks and tear up the trails
Open 'er heart let the life blood flow
gotta get on our way 'cause we're movin' too slow
get on our way 'cause we're movin' too slow

Behind the blue Rockies the sun is declinin'
The stars, they come stealin' at the close of the day
Across the wide prairie our loved ones lie sleeping
beyond the dark oceans in a place far away

We are the navvies who work upon the railway
swingin' our hammers in the bright blazin' sun
Livin' on stew and drinkin' bad whiskey
bendin' our backs 'til the long days are done

We are the navvies who work upon the railway
swingin' our hammers in the bright blazin' sun
Layin' down track and buildin' the bridges
bendin' our backs 'til the railroad is done

So over the mountains and over the plains
into the muskeg and into the rain
up the St. Lawrence all the way to Gaspe
swingin' our hammers and drawin' our pay
Layin' 'em in and tyin' 'em down
away to the bunkhouse and into the town
a dollar a day and a place for my head
a drink to the livin' a toast to the dead

Oh the song of the future has been sung
all the battles have been won
On the mountain tops we stand
all the world at our command
We have opened up the soil
with our teardrops and our toil

For there was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
when the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
Long before the white man and long before the wheel
when the green dark forest was too silent to be real
when the green dark forest was too silent to be real
And many are the dead men too silent... to be real
Track Name: Un Canadien Errant
Un Canadien errant,
Banni de ses foyers,
Parcourait en pleurant
Des pays étrangers.

Un jour, triste et pensif,
Assis au bord des flots,
Au courant fugitif
Il adressa ces mots:

"Si tu vois mon pays,
Mon pays malheureux,
Va, dis à mes amis
Que je me souviens d'eux.
Track Name: Cod (Parts 1 and 2)
We built this town around the sea
and fishing nets were family crests
500 years of destiny
built up to a sudden death

Where do we go from here? That's not our concern
What do we do with ourselves? We'll never learn
What will the harvest bring if there ain't no more cod?
Where will I hang up my wires and rod?

As a boat rocks in the harbor,
somebody spreads the news
Writes a check and says 'good luck',
though we know he thinks us fools

What do we with ourselves? That's not our concern
Where do we go from here? We'll never learn
What will the harvest bring if anything at all?
Where will I hang up my seine and trawl?

Time to go and bait the rods for the water
Time to go check the traps, and make some money
But there ain't much here to take from the water
The cod don't seem to wanna bite, they're all sleeping
Or maybe they are all just gone

500 years they swam the water, St John's must follow the path they
find on the bottoms of watery graves that keep us tethered to the sea

Here we find just another example of
our tendency to plunder from ourselves and dig our graves
But we can't seem to dig any other
The cod don't seem to wanna bite, they're all sleeping
Or maybe they are all just gone
Track Name: The Queen v. Louis Riel
Your Honors, gentlemen of the jury: It would be easy for me to-day to play insanity, because the circumstances are such as to excite any man, and under the natural excitement of what is taking place to-day (I cannot speak English very well, but am trying to do so, because most of those here speak English), under the excitement which my trial causes me would justify me not to appear as usual, but with my mind out of its ordinary condition. I hope with the help of God I will maintain calmness and decorum as suits this honorable court, this honorable jury.

It is true, gentlemen, I believed for years I had a mission, and when I speak of a mission you will understand me not as trying to play the roll of insane before the grand jury so as to have a verdict of acquittal upon that ground. I believe that I have a mission, I believe I had a mission at this very time. What encourages me to speak to you with more confidence in all the imperfections of my English way of speaking, it is that I have yet and still that mission, and with the help of God, who is in this box with me, and He is on the side of my lawyers, even with the honorable court, the Crown and the jury, to help me, and to prove by the extraordinary help that there is a Providence to-day in my trial, as there was a Providence in the battles of the Saskatchewan.

As to religion, what is my belief? What is my insanity about that? My insanity, your Honors, gentlemen of the jury, is that I wish to leave Rome aside, inasmuch as it is the cause of division between Catholics and Protestants. I did not wish to force my views, because in Batoche to the half-breeds that followed me I used the word, carte blanche. If I have any influence in the new world it is to help in that way and even if it takes 200 years to become practical, then after my death that will bring out practical results, and then my children's children will shake hands with the Protestants of the new world in a friendly manner. I do not wish these evils which exist in Europe to be continued, as much as I can influence it, among the half-breeds. I do not wish that to be repeated in America. That work is not the work of some days or some years, it is the work of hundreds of years.

Up to this moment, I have been considered by a certain party as insane, by another party as a criminal, by another party as a man with whom it was doubtful whether to have any intercourse. o there was hostility and there was contempt, and there was avoidance To-day, by the verdict of the Court, one of these three situations has disappeared. I suppose that after having been condemned, I will cease to be called a fool, and for me it is a great advantage. I consider it as a great advantage. If I have a mission, I say "If " for the sake of those who doubt, but for my part it means "Since," since I have a mission, I cannot fulfil my mission as long as I am looked upon as an insane being-human being, at the moment that I begin to ascend that scale, I begin to succeed. think the verdict that has been given against me is a proof that I am more than ordinary myself, but that the circumstances and the help that is given is more than ordinary, are more than ordinary, and although I consider myself only as others, yet by the will of God, by his Providence, by the circumstances which have surrounded me for fifteen years, I think that I have been called to do something which at least in the North-West nobody has done yet, and in some way I think that to a certain number of people the verdict against me to day is a proof that maybe I am a prophet, maybe Riel is a prophet. He's suffered enough for it
Track Name: Take Off
Take off to the great white north
Take off, it's a beauty way to go
Take off to the great white north