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Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy Lyrics

Gordon Lightfoot Canadian Railroad Trilogy lyrics is the 25th song on the album "United Artists Collection, The" by Gordon Lightfoot. The "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" lyrics by Gordon Lightfoot are displayed below.
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Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot


There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run

When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun

And long before the white man and long before the wheel

When the green dark forest was too silent to be real

 

But time has no beginnings and history has no bounds

As to this verdant country they came from all around

They sailed upon her waterways and they walked the forests tall

Built the mines the mills and the factories for the good of us all

 

And when the young man's fancy are turnin' to the spring

Then the railroad men grew restless for to hear the hammers ring

But their minds were overflowing with the visions of their day

Were for many a fortune the won and lost and many a debt to pay

 

For they looked in the future and what did they see

They saw an iron road runnin' from the sea to the sea

Bringin' the goods to a young growin' land

All up from the seaports and into their hands

 

But look away said they across this mighty land

From the eastern shore to the western strand

 

Bring in the workers and bring up the rails

We gotta lay down the tracks and tear up the trails

Open their heart let the life blood flow

Gotta get on our way 'cause we're movin' too slow

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Bring in the workers and bring up the rails

We're gonna lay down the tracks and tear up the trails

Open their heart let the life blood flow

Gotta get on our way 'cause we're movin' too slow

Get on our way 'cause we're movin' too slow

 

Behind the blue rockies the sun is declinin'

The stars they come stealin' at the close of the day

Across the wide prairie our loved ones lie sleeping

Beyond the dark oceans in a place far away

 

We are the navies who work upon the railway

Swingin' our hammers in the bright blazin' sun

Livin' on stew and drinkin' bad whiskey

Bendin' our old backs till the long days are done

 

We are the navies who work upon the railway

Swingin' our hammers in the bright blazin' sun

Layin' down track and buildin' the bridges

Bendin' our old backs till the railroad is done

 

So over the mountains and over the plains

Into the muskeg and into the rain

Up the st. lawrence all the way to gaspe

Just swingin' our hammers and drawin' our pay

 

Drivin' 'em in and tyin' 'em down

Away to the bunkhouse and into the town

A dollar a day and a place for my head

A drink to the livin' and a toast to the dead

 

Oh the song of the future has been sung

All the battles have been won

On the mountain tops we stand

All the world at our command

We have opened up the soil

With our teardrops and our toil

 

For there was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run

When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun

Long before the white man and long before the wheel

When the green dark forest was too silent to be real

 

When the green dark forest was too silent to be real

And many are the dead men too silent to be real

 

 

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