Music Mondays ~ Thank You Mr. Downie

Canada’s unofficial poet laureate is dying, but he gave one last concert before he goes

So read a headline in the Washington Post’s Worldviews section yesterday. If you’d like to read the full article you can find it here.

The Tragically Hip, Canada’s Band, has been touring all summer.  Some believe it will be the last time that the band will play in public together, at least as the intact group they have been since 1984.  30 plus years and 14 studio albums later, their lead singer Gordon Downie received a terminal brain tumour diagnosis in December.

It’s been a poignant goodbye for the group that sings about such quintessential Canadian topics such as small towns and hockey.  The Hip performed for a sell-out crowd for their last show in Kingston, Ontario, on Saturday, broadcast live across Canada on the CBC.

Thank you Mr. Downie for the many songs and years of entertainment you provided to Canada.  And now a little classic Hip…from the campo.

Courage (for Hugh Maclennan)

Watch the band through a bunch of dancers
Quickly, follow the unknown, with something more familiar
Quickly, something familiar
Courage, my word it didn’t come it doesn’t matter

Sleepwalk, so fast asleep in a motel
That has the lay of home and piss on all of your background
And piss on all your surroundings
Courage, my word, it didn’t come, it doesn’t matter
Courage, your word, it didn’t come, it doesn’t matter
Courage, my word, it didn’t come, it doesn’t matter
Courage, it couldn’t come at a worse time

There’s no simple explanation
For anything important any of us do
And yeah the human tragedy
Consists in the necessity
Of living with the consequences
Under pressure, under pressure
Courage, my word, it didn’t come, it doesn’t matter,
Courage, your word, it didn’t come, it doesn’t matter
Courage, my word, it didn’t come, it doesn’t matte
Courage, it couldn’t come at a worse time

It couldn’t come at a worse time
It couldn’t come at a worse time
Courage

(An article explaining how the song came to be can be found here.)

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2 Responses to Music Mondays ~ Thank You Mr. Downie

  1. One of my favorite songs is “New Orleans is Sinking” and it was fun to be reminded of the band, the Tragically Hip. Really sad to learn of Gordon Downie’s diagnosis but what a legacy of great songs he’ll leave behind. Anita

    • indacampo says:

      It was difficult to choose a song to feature but I thought ‘Courage’ was somewhat appropriate. “New Orleans …” might be more recognizable for people from the U.S. 😊

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