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The Dam Song

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The Dam Song
(Joe Irving Jr.)

1.  There's seven wonders in this world, their names are known quite well
    From Babylon Gardens to the Sphinx, the ancient stories tell.
    But now the greatest wonder is the folly in our land
    They sold us down the river with the new High Arrow Dam.

2.  Four miles up from Castlegar, the Columbia will be dammed
    And the water that they store in there controlled by Uncle Sam.
    This sets my mind to wondering just what the fate will be
    Of the big Columbia River from the Rockies of BC.

3.  We could divert the Kootenay into Columbia Lake
    By way of Thompson River and on down through Hell's Gate
    We could build a mighty complex of factories and dams
    And manufacture Canada's ore instead of Uncle Sam's.

4.  It's not that we're ungrateful, we've never been before,
    Been trying to stand up by ourselves since 1864
    But now upon this issue, we all must take a stand
    Canada for Canadians! it's our God-given land!

    Is this land your land or is it their land?
    This land was made for you and me.

by Joe Irving, Jr. of Castlegar, BC to variant of "Wabash Cannonball" tune
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