Of One Almighty Nation

by The Gertrudes

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Recorded October 2014 to commemorate the 200th birthday of the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A Macdonald.

Greg Tilson, guitar/vocals
Annie Clifford, banjo/vocals
Amanda Balsys, vocals
Chris Trimmer, Therevox
Jason Erb, electric bass/piano
Josh Lyon, accordion
Pete Bowers, drums
Matt Rogalsky, banjo/electric guitar & bass/percussion/synth/vocals
Teilhard Frost, gourd banjo/jaw harp/fiddle

Lyrics: Sadiqa Khan
Music: trad., arr. Greg Tilson and The Gertrudes

Recorded and mixed by Matt Rogalsky / Memory Device

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released October 22, 2014

Of one almighty nation Sir John A was a-dreaming
From ocean to blue ocean, the railway tracks a-gleaming
A land of milk and honey, of farms that went forever
And he did wake up smiling, for he felt so bold and clever

With a ring dum a doodle dah
Whack for the daddy o
Whack for the daddy o
There’s history in the jar

But making a new country would take a vision steady
For one thing there were people living on the land already
He sighed and he swore that he would achieve it
If people were on Sir John’s land, then they would have to leave it

Now you cannot be squeamish if you wish to build a nation
Sir John A and his colleagues tried the method of starvation
And the Native children that he would soon be ruling
He sent them off to learn his ways in the residential schooling

And then the gleaming railroad, through bogs and woods and briar
The labourers from China were affordable to hire
But with the work completed they still did keep arriving
So Sir John had to charge them all to keep the nation thriving

Of one almighty nation Sir John A was a-dreaming
Of woods of endless lumber, and locomotives steaming
Sir John A, oh Sir John A, his name will live forever
The founder of our country, for he was so bold and clever

With a ring dum a doodle dah
Whack for the daddy o
Whack for the daddy o
There’s history in the jar

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