O Canada, A Sing Along Song & Maple Leaf Waving


Several years ago my daughter and three friends sang "O Canada" in harmony with no instrumental accompaniment. Their voices resonate particularly as we approach Canada Day and contemplate this country's bounty and heritage. Officially becoming Canada's anthem on July 1, 1980, the tune was first sung 100 years earlier. Composed by Calixa Lavallée, the French lyrics are by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. Robert Stanley Weir wrote the English version later. Do you like your country's anthem? National anthems set the tone of a country and instill belonging. The world's second-largest country, Canada sends a unifying message to a vast land. My wish is that this diverse nation strives more for goodness than greatness and is ever more just towards all.

If you have a minute, I hope you'll listen to the song, and should you feel inclined to sing along ...
O Canada!
Our home and native land
True patriot love
In all our sons command
With glowing hearts
We see thee rise
The True North, strong and free
From far and wide
O Canada
We stand on guard for thee
God keep our land
Glorious and free
O Canada we stand on guard for thee!
O Canada we stand on guard for thee!



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Comments

  1. Hello, the song and voices are beautiful. The unifying message is important, standing for goodness. Thanks for sharing the words and video. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  2. I agree, the song and the singing is beautiful. I've heard it a few times at sporting events. Canada should be proud of that song.

    The USA Anthem, its okay but kind of hard to sing and has a lot of war imagery. I kind of like America the Beautiful myself as a good alternate candidate.

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  3. beautiful songs...thank you for sharing the video

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  4. Wonderful I think a national anthem is something which makes people feel belong to their people and country
    Our national anthem is sang in English and Maori

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  5. I thought "All our sons" had been changed to "All of us." I do quite like our anthem but I am not given to bursts of national fervour, which all too often lead to xenophobia, jingoism and resentment of the other.

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    1. You're right! In support of gender equality, and after years of trying, the Senate did pass a Bill to replace "in all our sons command" with "in all of us command". It became the official words in 2018. This is several years after my daughter and friends sang their version of the song.

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  6. Awesome singing voice and O Canada is full of patriotic feeling. At sportive events, I like to listen to each country’s national anthem. My country’s is uniquely and distinctively Japanese. Very short lyrics is from the 10th century poem presented to an elderly person. Wish you and your country a Happy Canada Day!

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  7. Thanks for sharing the lyrics to Canada's national anthem. I agree with Yogi's comment. "America the Beautiful" would be my preference, especially the lines "... and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea."

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  8. Thanks for visiting my illustration blog! I used to fly into Canada a lot as a flight attendant. I remember one layover during Canada day. Unfortunately, I flew over our fourth of July many times. Other holidays too.

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  9. I admit I do *not* much like our US Natl Anthem at all...its all about war. And it’s hard to sing. We have other patriotic songs that are much better.

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  10. Happy Canada Day! Such a beautiful anthem! I enjoyed learning its history. Thank you :)

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  11. I love a capella music, especially with harmony. The ladies executed this so well; it is stirring. I am moved every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner … Wishing you a Happy Canada Day!

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  12. How beautiful to listen to you daughter and friends lovely voices, you must have a glowing heart too listening to this. Hope you had a wonderful Canada day.
    Wren x

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