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    'Grumpy old bastid' kb2vxa's Avatar
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    Canadian Railroad Trilogy

    You don't have to be Canadian to see Gordon Lightfoot as a National Treasure or be a railroader or railfan to appreciate this song. The link leads to the original 1965 version I prefer to the re-recorded 1975 one for easy download.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Railroad_Trilogy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzo6Otpgj-E

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    Yup........leave it to Gordon Lightfoot to idolise the greatest bunch of robber barons to ever force even the strongest of Canadian governments to their knees: Canadian Pacific Railway!Yes ........they accomplished to hail confederation of Canada but their corporate policies are nothing really to sing about even back in the 60's when he did this piece of music.
    Why,driving into a brick wall at 60 miles per hour, would I expect it not to hurt! :roll:

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    Well shit, it was robber barons that built American railroads from iron and coal mines, to steel mills, to clear cutting forests, to stealing homes and farms for the right of way, they raped America. Still so many songs glorify the railroads, one Canadian? PAH! John Henry laid down his hammer and he died, and he died, one of so many victims, so many Italians, Irish, and Chinese immigrants that came looking for a better life and lost theirs. There are two movies about the same thing separated by north and south, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific celebrating the building of transcontinental railroads. The reenactment of the Golden Spike ceremony takes place every year at Promentory Point, Utah while two solid gold spikes remain in museums. Then there are the movies Bonny And Clyde, The Untouchables, Scarface and more. Face it, we're a bunch of gun loving cowboys making folk heroes out of criminals, ay?

    <POP> That was me after that tongue in cheek bit pulling it out making room for a few nuts.

    On a lighter note (sic) when I heard The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald I broke down and cried knowing the back story and what the families of the sailors (all hands lost) went through twice. The first was the service held in the Sailor's Chapel (1975) when the taconite carrier went down fast in a storm with no time for a mayday while making a run for the shelter of Whitefish Point, and another memorial held in the same chapel (1995) when the ship's bell was recovered and polished after being replaced with a memorial plaque laid on her. I saw the whole thing in a very touching video, again I cried as it rang 29 times, once for each man lost.
    https://adailypoemblog.wordpress.com...nd-fitzgerald/

    memorial plaque.jpg diver at focastle.jpg fitz bell.jpg
    Last edited by kb2vxa; 10-15-2019 at 02:49 PM.
    "New Jersey, the most American of all states. It has everything from wilderness to the Mafia. All the great things and all the worst, like Route 22."
    Jean Shepherd K2ORS (SK) & WOR radio personality

    Engaging a troll is like playing chess with a pigeon. The bird will just knock over the pieces, shit on the board, and fly away to declare victory to his friends.

    73 de Warren KB2VXA
    Station powered by atomic energy, operator powered by natural gas.

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