less worse

I got some nice email from a man who left the US as a Vietnam draft resister. (He's actually the father of someone I work with in the Haven Coalition. Way to feel old!) He says:
There's a tradition here that any band with any kind of sense of humour offers up their ideas for a new Canadian national anthem. There's a very funny group called The Arrogant Worms whose potential Canadian  anthem includes the line "I know that we're no better, but I'm sure that we're less worse".

Googling The Arrogant Worms, I discovered lots of cool stuff, including these lyrics, from "Canada's Really Big":
When I look around me
I can't believe what i see
it seems as if this country
has lost its will to live
the economy is lousy
we barely have an army
but we can still stand proudly
because Canada's really big
We're the second largest country
on this planet earth
and if Russia keeps on shrinking,
then soon we'll be first!
(As long as we keep Quebec)
The USA has tanks,
and Switzerland has banks
they can keep them thanks,
they just don't amount
cause when you get down to it,
you find out what the truth is,
it isn't what you do with it,
it's the size that counts.
Most people will tell you
that France is pretty large
but you can put fourteen Frances
into this land of ours!
(It'd take a lot of work, it'd take a whole lot of work...)
We're larger than Malaysia,
almost as big as Asia
we're bigger than Australia
and it's a continent
so big we seldom bother
to go see one another
but we often go to other countries for vacations
Our mountains are very pointy,
our prairies are not
the rest is kinda bumpy,
but man do we have a lot!
(We've got a lot of land, we've got a whole lot of land)
So stand up and be proud and sing it very loud
we stand out from the crowd,
cause Canada's really big.

I thought that was pretty amusing. (Our mountains are very pointy?!) Apparently these guys sing "O Canada" at CFL games and hold goofy Canada Day celebrations. If any Canadian reading this can correct me or fill me in about this, please do. You know, it's OK to leave a comment. Be brave! Be the first!


James Redekop said...

I've got some Arrogant Worms CDs -- including this song -- if you wanna borrow them for a listen. :)

laura k said...

I do!