Wednesday, 2 July 2014

from Astronaut to singer or both at the same time

We have this astronaut from Sarnia, Ontario named Chris Hadfield, who was Commander of the Space Station for 166 days. He made his fame while in space by singing to kids and doing a science show from the International Space Station. He has become a sensation and a recognizable name everywhere.

So for this Canada Day he and his brother Dave came up with this song. A simple little ditty but very nice and fun, it has become an instant hit. It was announced by the Governor General that Colonel Hadfield who is a RCAF retired fighter pilot is to receive the Order of Canada this July 1.

Canada… what’s with Canada…
We got great big cities but a lot of trees and rocks
And yes the winter’s cold here – wear two pairs of socks
There’s half the world’s fresh water, to paddle your canoe
Camp along the shoreline, it’s what we like to do.
In Canada… [each time]
Livin in
Float my boat in
Bait my hook in
We tend to do things different, we each have our routine
Some of us eat kubassa, some of us, poutine
But we have traditions, that help us stick together
Our milk comes in a bag, mosquitos eat at leisure.
Playing in a snowsuit, true north strong and free
Hockey Night on Saturday, there on CBC,
Center ice in
He shoots he scores in
A player in
We pronounce the letter R like we’re pirates on a ship
We’ll drive two thousand miles, on a summer camping trip.
We wear Sorels in winter, while plugging in the car
We eat the holes from donuts, we love Nanaimo bars.
And we do possess a word that lubricates our speech:
…“It’s pretty good, eh” …
and it’s always within reach,
How’s it goin in
Out and about in
Drop your G in
I’ve slept out in the forest, scared I heard a bear. 
I’ve climbed a Rocky Mountain, just because it’s there,
Crossed the great St Lawrence, said merci beaucoup,
Pardon me; I’m sorry; excuse me; after you,
Politely in
Line-up here in
You don’t butt in, in Canada
Every city empties on the 24th of May.
If we say “Not bad!”, we’re better than OK,
There’s workman’s comp and pogie, for when we’re shown the door.
There’s Canadian Tire money, in at least one kitchen drawer
And we have a golden rule that runs between these shores:
You stay out of my face, I’ll stay out of yours…
I get along in
Kissed the cod in
The Friendly Giant’s in
Oh………. Canada…


  1. My father liked to take me to Sarnia, to see the freighters. I wonder what Sarnia is like these days. and if they still have freighters.

    1. Of course they still have freighters.

    2. I should take the old man there this August.