Woodsmoke and Oranges - by Ian Tamblyn
arr. Rebecca Campbell

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University of Manitoba on tour  - director Dr. Elroy Friesen


By woodsmoke and oranges, path of old canoe,

I would course the inland ocean to be back to you.

No matter where I go to, it's always home again

To the rugged northern shore and the days of sun and wind.


We nosed her in by Pukaskwa, out for fifteen days,

To put paddle and the spirit at the mercy of the waves.

The wanigans were loaded down and a gift left on the shore,

For it's best if we surrender to the rugged northern shore.


In the land of the silver birch, cry of the loon,

There's something in this country that's a part of me and you.


The waves smashed the smoky cliffs of Old Woman Bay,

Where we fought against the backswell and then were on our way.

I could speak to you of spirit - by the vision pits we saw them

Walk the agate beaches of the mighty Gargantua.


I have turned my back upon these things, tried to deny

The coastline of my dreams, but it turns me by and by.

It tossed the mighty ship around, smashed the lighthouse door,

Sends a shiver up my spine, oh the rugged northern shore.


In the land of the silver birch, cry of the loon

There's something 'bout this country that's a part of me and you.

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