The New Northwest Passage

Sung honouring Stan Rogers' "Northwest Passage," an achingly beautiful ballad every Canadian knows. Youtube has the Rogers' version, for the tune.
Lyrics modified by Michael Jensen,


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 damaged
and bring the Arctic ice
   back to the sea

Verse 1:
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 no one has a plan --
It's time for us to make
   our final stand.


Verse 2:
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?


Verse 3:
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
   it's a metaphor of men --
It's time we find
   the Passage home again.


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