CHORUS
Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

Westward from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;
Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones. [Chorus]

Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his "sea of flowers" began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain. [Chorus]

And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea. [Chorus]

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again. [Chorus]


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    My OpinionThis song is very haunting!
    jerambamon March 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentA piece of Canadian history put brilliantly to astounding vocals. The fact that this song is acapella makes it all the more interesting. I used to always listen to this songs on long car rides when I was a kid-perfect for Canadian road trips.

    The final verse is extremely interesting because the protagonist is in the present and driving west alone and reflecting on the men who helped create Canada. He states that he threw it all away so perhaps he is going west to escape a harsh life.
    River Wolfon May 06, 2012   Link

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