"Acadian Driftwood" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
The war was over
And the spirit was broken
The hills were smokin'
As the men withdrew
We stood on the cliffs,
Oh and watched the ships,
Slowly sinking to their rendezvous

They signed a treaty
And our homes were taken
Loved-ones forsaken,
They didn't give a damn.
Try to raise a family
End up an enemy
Over what went down on the Plains of Abraham.

[Chorus]
Acadian driftwood,
Gypsy tailwind
They call my home,
The land of snow
Canadian cold front,
Movin' in
What a way to ride,
Oh what a way to go

Then some returned,
To the motherland
The high command,
Had them cast away
Some stayed on,
To finish what they started
They never parted,
They're just built that way

We had kin livin',
South of the border
They're a little older,
And they been around
They wrote in a letter
Life is a whole lot better
So pull up your stakes, children,
And come on down

Acadian driftwood,
Gypsy tailwind
They call my home,
The land of snow
Canadian cold front,
Movin' in
What a way to ride,
Oh what a way to go

Fifty under zero when the day became a threat
My clothes were wet
And I was drenched to the bone
Then out ice fishin', mmm,
Too much repetition
Make a man want to leave
The only home he's known

Sailed out of the Gulf,
Headed for St. Pierre
Nothing to declare,
All we had was gone
Broke down along the coast oh
What hurt the most
When the people there said
"You better keep movin' on"

Acadian driftwood,
Gypsy tailwind
They call my home,
The land of snow
Canadian cold front,
Movin' in
What a way to ride,
Oh what a way to go

Everlastin' summer
Filled with ill-contempt
This government
Had us walkin' in chains
This isn't my turn
This isn't my season
Can't think of one good reason
To remain oh

We worked in the sugar fields
Up from New Orleans
It was ever-green
Up until the flood
You could call it an omen
Point ya where ya goin'
Set my compass North
I got winter in my blood

Acadian driftwood,
Gypsy tailwind
They call my home,
The land of snow
Canadian cold front,
Movin' in
What a way to ride,
Oh what a way to go

Sais tu, Acadie j'ai le mal do pays
Ta neige, Acadie, fait des larmes au soleil
J'arrive Acadie, teedle um, teedle um, teedle oo
J'arrive Acadie, teedle um, teedle um, teedle oo
J'arrive Acadie, teedle um, teedle um, teedle oo
J'arrive Acadie, teedle um, teedle um, teedle oo
J'arrive Acadie, teedle um, teedle um, teedle oo


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"Acadian Driftwood" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General CommentFor an indepth explanation of this song go to:
    theband.hiof.no/articles/…
    the site is a great source of info on The Band
    H-bombon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsuch a good song! not only the longest Band song but the best!
    rootsrockreggaeon September 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I love this song. It's interesting - Robbie Robertson said that when he was in Canada, he could write songs about America, but as soon as he came to the US, he started writing songs about Canada again (like this one).
    Chalissaon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdon't really know why, but this song can make me cry.

    "So pull up your stakes, children and come on down"
    orphan_yachtson October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is telling the story of the french-speaking Acadian people who were treated as enemies during and after the Seven Years' War. The British won, and all French-speaking people were ostracized. Many of them were deported and they sailed down the East Coast of North America, finally settling in Louisiana and becoming known as "Cajuns". In this song, the narrator tells of how his family had relatives down there who had found life to be much better there. The narrator decides to move south, but once he's there he realizes that Lousiana is way too warm for him -

    this isn't my turf
    this ain't my season
    can't think of one good reason to remain

    eventually, he makes the choice to go back home -

    set my compass north
    I got winter in my blood

    Also, in the last verse, he says "Acadia, I am coming" ....beautiful song
    TheDuelliston July 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy only question is: what does "teedle um, teedle um, teedle oo" mean in French?
    ZFTon April 06, 2013   Link

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