Monday, 9 December 2013

Canuck Nostalgia: CANADIAN SCHOOL REUNION

POST #6
PARODY-LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG:  "The Maple Leaf Forever", by Alexander Muir
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, September 2013.

KEYWORDS:  Canada, history, classicsong





            

 




Grade 8 classes
Cedarvale Public School, 1958
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You can  view these lyrics and commentary (without images or chords)  displayed on a parody-lyrics website at AmIRight.com Post "Canadian Reunion". You can also find chord-charts and lyrics at the Corktown Ukulele Jam songbook: Corktunes: Canadian Reunion





CANADIAN REUNION


(to the tune of "The Maple Leaf Forever")





















While young and frail at Cedarvale
Our mentors taught Muir's stirring song;
It eulogized forefathers’ feats,
Didn’t help us to belong.

As baby-boomers, second-gen,
Homes shaped by cookie-cutters;
Its patriotic sentiments;
Maple Leaf Gardens
Dismissed those of our mothers.


No copyright, no fleur-de-lys;
Of insight only traces - 
Muir's Maple Leaf excluded half
Our countrys founding races.
       
Though regments touted it their tune,
And Anglo journals ranted,
Decades ago, O Canada
Muirs time-worn chant supplanted.


More recent play: ere Y-2-K,
The C-B-C a contest ran;
So flourished a new pluralist "Leaf"
By songwright Vlad Radian. 

Its fabled British glory tamed,
No heaven or hegemony;
Olympic Closing half-time showed,
While "O (Canada)" did Ceremonies. 

Its reassembled mission clear, 
A newfound "Feuille" quite clever --
Anne Murray sang, The Gardens closed: 
The Maple Leafs forever.        
Ann Murray sings 

Five decades late, we congregate,
Our Grade Eight class remembered,  
No “Maple” hymn heard in the gym  - 
The song’s appeal now severed.

Reprise
Last year Muir's ancient fabled tree
Was felled by stormy weather.
Still sometimes heard, but seldom hymned -- 
The Maple Leaf Forever.






HOTLINKS TO OTHER CANADIAN-THEMED SONG-POSTINGS
Canadian Reunion (see below)
..AND A FEW LIMERICK-BASED SONGS







(1) 1867, year of Canadian confederation; 
(2) slang, short for les Américains;
(3) an ancient maple, that presumably had inspired Muir’s lyrics, was destroyed by a storm in July 2013.


UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT
(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.) 
  



























































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