This song is about David Milgaard, who was wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he did not commit in Winnipeg. Over 20yrs later, with the advent of DNA evidence, he was finally acquitted....
Sundown in the Paris of the prairies
Wheat kings have all their treasures buried
And all you hear are the rusty breezes
Pushing around the weather vane Jesus

In his Zippo lighter, he sees the killer's face
Maybe it's someone standing in a killer's place
Twenty years for nothing, well that's nothing new, besides
No one's interested in something you didn't do
Wheat kings and pretty things
Let's just see what the morning brings

There's a dreamy dream where the high school is dead and stark
It's a museum and we're all locked up in it after dark
Where the walls are lined all yellow, grey and sinister
Hung with pictures of our parents' prime ministers
Wheat kings and pretty things
Wait and see what tomorrow brings

Late breaking story on the CBC
A nation whispers, "we always knew that he'd go free"
They add, "you can't be fond of living in he past
'Cause if you are then there's no way that you're gonna last"
Wheat kings and pretty things
Let's just see what tomorrow brings
Wheat kings and pretty things
Oh, that's what tomorrow brings

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death

"Wheat Kings" as written by Gordon Sinclair Gordon Downie

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing

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    General CommentGord Is the truest of Lyricists " a weathervane Jesus" who could think of that, He paints such vivid pictures it's haunting I feel as if I could make an entire 2 hr movie from that 4 min. song
    Jamey66on October 08, 2007   Link

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