I Remember Canada

by Teresa Doyle

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I Remember Canada is a love song for this country. Following in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Buffy Saint Marie and others, Doyle has penned seven songs that speak to some of the pressing issues of our time and offer hope to all who care passionately about this amazing nation.

"Dedicated to the lovers of democracy everywhere, and especially our young people taking to the streets with The Occupy movement, Printemps érable and Idle no More. Hats off to their mentors, Maude Barlow, Bruce Cockburn, Brigette De Pape, K’nnan, Farley Mowat, Stephen Lewis, Elizabeth May, Jack Layton and Pete Seeger. Together we can envision a kinder Canada to treasure and preserve our rich cultural, natural and democratic heritage." —Teresa

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released September 15, 2015

Produced, engineered and arranged by Andrew MacIsaac
All songs by Teresa Doyle
Mixed by Adam Gallant and Andrew MacIsaac
Teresa Doyle: vocals
Andrew MacIsaac: guitar, percussion, programming, keyboard & backing vocals
Patrick Bunston: backing vocals
Todd MacLean: saxophone
Photos: Brett Bunston (taken in the blueberry fields of Hallaig Farm in Lewis, PEI)
Design: Walsh Design

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Teresa Doyle Prince Edward Island

Teresa Doyle is a folk/celtic/jazz/world singer from rural Prince Edward Island. Music from her 12 releases has garnered three ECMAs, two JUNO nominations and the 2007 Victor Martyn Lynch -Staunton Award given annually to one Canadian musician. She's toured in Canada, The U.S., Mexico, Europe and Japan. ... more

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Track Name: I Remember Canada
I Remember Canada

I remember Canada
I remember Canada
We took care of one another worked for justice and for truth
I remember Canada, do you?

I've been across this country more times than I can say
Hitchhiked from Whitehorse, down thorough Thunder Bay
All the way to the east coast, I met the people of this land
They'd give a ride to a stranger, lend a helping hand.
They'd give a ride to a stranger, lend a helping hand.

Grandad told us stories about the harvest trains
How the east coast lads would head out west, help put in the grain
And when the great depression came we sent trainloads of food
Grandad said those prairie folk, they're our family too
Grandad said those prairie folk, they're our family too.

I remember Canada
I remember Canada
We took care of one another worked for justice and for truth
I remember Canada, do you?

The first time I left this country I bought a big ruck sack
And like all the other kids I sewed a flag on my pack
Everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile
Those days are gone now, haven't seen that in a while
Those days are gone now, haven't seen that in a while.

Peacekeepers no longer we rattle chains of war
Vote down any bill to save the planet or the poor
Sacrifice democracy to fear and corporate gain
No more flags on our backpacks our reputations changed
No more flags on our backpacks our reputations changed.

Do you recall the hard times before medicare?
People stricken down, families in despair
No money for a doctor, many children died
We'll see those days again if we don't put up a fight.
We'll see those days again if we don't put up a fight.

I remember Canada
I remember Canada
We took care of one another worked for justice and for truth
I remember Canada, do you?
Is there something about Canada worth fighting for?
The World is in a Pickle

The World is in a Pickle, that we can't deny
Is the root cause a mystery, or maybe we don't try
To understand the role we play in the chaos all around
On things for sure if we don't look, the cause will not be found.
No blame no shame, no blame no shame
No blame no shame, no blame no shame.

Now we sold arm to every crazy despot in the world
Who lost them to some rebel cause whose name we never heard
And now the friendly despot has fallen form our grace
We'll sell more arms to anyone who wants to take his place.
More arms more harm, more arms more harm
More arms more harm, more arms more harm.

The winners of this racket are always the same
It's the companies that sell the arms and the men who rig the game
And the crooked politician who's there to take the bribe
To keep the game afoot, no matter who survives.
More bribes more lies, more bribes more lies
More bribes more lies, more bribes more lies.

The losers are the families who lost their land and homes
Sixty million refugees now condemned to roam
And the many restless youth among those dispossessed
May find some rebel cause their anger to express.
No land no plan, no land no plan
No land no plan, no land no plan.

Meanwhile eighty billionaires have managed to squirrel
Half of all the wealth and resources in the world
Which doesn't leave much money for the middle class or poor
And now those greedy billionaires they want a little more.
More greed no need more greed no need
More greed no need more greed no need.

Now the problems of the world will not be solved with spies and drones
Everyone deserves to eat and a place to call their own
Health and education and a tax on billionaires
Justice for the dispossessed and a willingness to share.
More homes not drones more homes not drones
More homes not drones more homes not drones