The New Northwest PassageSung honoring Stan Rogers' "Northwest Passage," an achingly beautiful ballad every Canadian knows. Youtube has the Rogers' version, for the tune.
Lyrics modified by Michael Jensen, 'Doc Michael at apocadocs.com.
Chasing one more dime,
we have made the Northwest Passage,
We've warmed the Arctic waters
far from where they ought to be
We've got not much time
to save all that's wild and savage
and bring the Arctic ice back
to the sea
The CO2 is rising
over sea and over land;
the atmosphere is nowhere near
what it was when we began.
The ocean's more acidic
... and nothing's like we planned --
It's time for us to make
our final stand
We're fishing out the waters
of the once abundant seas.
We're watching the collapsing
of the birds and bats and bees.
We find our toxic waste within
all flesh and blood and bone --
What have we made
of our one, only home?
How is it we're so different from
the first ones through this way?
Like them, we found abundant life;
we're throwing it away.
To make the Northwest Passage
is a metaphor of men --
It's time we find
the Passage home again.
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The New Northwest Passage by Michael Jensen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at www.apocadocs.com/lyrics/nwp.html.