Keep the Maple Leaf Flying High
Source : The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 9:33PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 10:10PM EST
Canadian country-folk legend Stompin' Tom Connors died Wednesday at age 77. A few days earlier the musician penned a letter to fans that he wanted published after his death, his spokesman said.
Here is a copy of the letter published on the singer's official website.
Hello friends, I want all my fans, past,
present, or future, to know that without
you, there would have not been any
It was a long hard bumpy road, but
this great country kept me inspired
with its beauty, character, and spirit,
driving me to keep marching on and
devoted to sing about its people
and places that make Canada the
greatest country in the world.
I must now pass the torch, to all of you,
to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high,
and be the Patriot Canada needs now and
in the future.
I humbly thank you all, one last time,
for allowing me in your homes, I hope
I continue to bring a little bit of
cheer into your lives from
the work I have done.
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors
Bud The Spud
The Good Old Hockey Game
Emily The Maple Leaf
Under this flag may our youth find new inspiration for loyalty to Canada; for a patriotism based not on any mean or narrow nationalism, but on the deep and equal pride that all Canadians will feel for every part of this good land. - Lester Pearson
Emily the Maple Leaf Lyrics
by Stompin' Tom Connors
Emily the maple leaf, lived with her family, high upon the maple tree
Her sister and her brother leaves, and all of the other leaves, used to laugh at Emily
Everything that they said, used to turn her face red, just as red as red can be but even when she felt bad, she would never look sad, she took it all so cheerfully
Then one day, the leaves all say, Emily was taken far away
She was picked, while playing tag, and she was put on Canada's flag
Emily the maple leaf, never now could prouder be,waving o're the nation wide just to see her when she flipps, on the mast of mighty ships, Emily will stir your pride
All of us we love her, there is none abover her, blowing in the breeze so free Her sister and her brother leaves, and all of the other leaves, we shout forever Emily
She's our way, to live each day, in city style, or country way
from the valleys green to the mountains craig, here's to Emily, Canada's flag
Emily the maple leaf, stands for the harmony, we share alike from sea to sea, for this our fathers sight for, lived and love and died for, and we'll perserve it constantly,
Where leaves are bound together, where Emily's forever, We're all for one, with each for all,
Our sister and our brother leaves, and all of the other leaves , will never let the red leaf fall
Here we stand, all hand and hand, Oh Canada, we're at your command,
so let not one, be found to lag, Where Emily waves, on Canada's flag
Sudbury Saturday Night
I think every Canadian should have a map of Canada in his or her house. It should be displayed in a place where one can sit and contemplate the wonderful vastness of this land. As Canadians we are continuously groping for an identity and a sense of love for our nation. We grapple with the concept, find it somewhat distasteful and leave it for another day. We find American flag waving, hand over heart while belting out Oh, say, can you see... too much and avoid doing the same. We admire their national spirit, but Canadians are, in contrast, understated. To understand the identity that exists in our hearts think of our sweepingly majestic home, its quiet, serene beauty. A beauty recognizable to us all. We are proud of this nation and of who we are. We just don't say it. It's like the map. It just sits there on the wall displaying the lines of our coasts, the bulk of our waterways, and the breadth of our northern territories. Surveying all of this leaves me in awe. It brings a tear to my eye...O Canada...
- Debora O'Neil
Tillsonburg ( my favorite childhood memory, living near Tillsonburg, I heard this song lots, many of my friends got jobs working in the tobabcco fields, making $10-15 per hour, big money 35 years ago)
If you don't believe your country should come before yourself, you can better serve your country by livin' someplace else.
~ Stompin' Tom Connors
Across This Land with Stompin' Tom Connors
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success” N Hill