This one is for you
and it goes on and on and on
when nothing seems to do
for when the doubtless and the wrong
ask; 'can I help you?'
in that way that says, 'I can't'
or claim we're all the same
just inconsistent
or pretend all understanding
turned out to be pretense
then pretend the pretense of understanding
How long does it take depends

You can cast your doubts
Turn em inside-out
Hang em upside-down
Til their art falls out-the short answer's; forty-eight hours
Let your heart all out-the short answer's; forty-eight hours
Til your art falls out-the short answer's; forty-eight hours
Let your heart all out
Summon up your power

If you need a good connection for drugs
Or a strong tolerance for alcohol
Too little religious education
Some pain threshold
If from the outside
There's no demand for what you do
And inside there's an army waiting
For their marching orders for you
Come sit on my swing-seat
Come sit on my porch
After Ten at night, smoke your cigarettes
if you like, of course

You can cast your doubts
Turn em inside-out
Hang em upside-down
Til their art falls out- the short answer's; forty-eight hours
Let your heart all out- the short answer's; forty-eight hours
Til their art falls out- the short answer's; forty-eight hours
Let your heart all out
Summon up all your power

And it goes on and on and on

If we ever get home
let's don't compare
let's relinquish all our holidays
and Drive-In Premieres

If we ever get home
gonna have me three children
Apple, Zippo, and Metronome
that's what I'm gonna name them

and get celebrity skin
the illusion of tough
I'm gonna talk about nothing
til nothing's enough

if we ever get home
and the subject comes up
this War isn't for children
War is nothing's enough

O' in the clouds of blood at the end of JAWS
in the misted cars honking their applause
at the Drive-In Double Feature
at the heart of dark enough
O' it's JAWS and The Dark Canuck
should we stay for The Dark Canuck?
yea.Everyone, hands up!?
Who's for 'The Dark Canuck'?

I think we relinquished enough
and it's still dark enough
and it goes on and on and on



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    General CommentAt once one of the most powerful, cathartic Hip songs and the most baffling. Who can really say what this thing is about? Well, here's my shot.

    I've read a couple of people say this is song of praise for the soldier. I think that's there, but I also think Gord's using war and soldiers as a metaphor for artistic struggle.

    Anyone who isn't independantly wealthy and has tried to devote themselves to creating art will recognize the tribulations in the second verse, to which Downey offers the comfort of comradery.

    The first verse brings up a point of view I've always agreed with -- to call something "pretentious", particularly a work of art, is perhaps the most pretentious thing one can do, as doing so automatically hoiks oneself up as the ultimate arbiter of the ersatz and the genuine. That type of hypocrital criticism is the enemy of creative endeavor.

    Apple, Zippo and Metronome are all defunct record labels. Nice tries but not cigars.

    The Dark Canuck is an archetypal character similar to "Superfarmer" from the Phantom Power album, and though by name in only one song, his pressence resonates thoughout the album. The Dark Canuck is a brooder, a dreamer, the underdog, the star of a movie nobody's ever heard of, the great Canadian blockbuster that's even scarier than Jaws. He's also Downey himself. Who's for the Dark Canuck?
    DevastatorJr.on January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm for the dark canuck
    sheena1983on August 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMeaningless trivia time: I don't know who has or hasn't seen TPB the movie (the Trailer Park Boys movie, otherwise known as the funniest movie of all time) but The Dark Canuck is the movie Julian goes to see with his stripper date. Actually, all the names of movies on the marquee sign outside the movie theatre are songs by Canadian bands. And of course, Gordon Downie plays one of the cops during the "hellacocksucker" chase scene at the start.

    janecanuckon June 08, 2009   Link

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