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The Canadian Railroad Trilogy is now an illustrated book as well!

Click on each image for a closer look!
The "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" is a song by Gordon Lightfoot that describes the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Wikipedia article about the song begins as follows:

"This song was commissioned by the CBC for a special broadcast on January 1, 1967, to start Canada's Centennial year. It appeared on Lightfoot's The Way I Feel album later in the same year along with the song "Crossroads," a shorter song of similar theme. ....... While Lightfoot's song echoes the optimism of the railroad age, it also chronicles the cost in sweat and blood of building "an iron road runnin' from the sea to the sea." The slow middle section of the song is especially poignant, vividly describing the efforts and sorrows of the nameless and forgotten navvies whose manual labour actually built the railway." Click here to read the entire Wikipedia article.
Last fall, an article in the National Post advised that:
"There are few songs that embody this country more than Gordon Lightfoot’s Canadian Railroad Trilogy, which was performed live for the first time on New Year’s Day, 1967, in honour of Canada’s centennial. Now, more than 40 years later, Lightfoot’s paean to the national railroad gets a second life, a remix of sorts, in the form of an illustrated book. The six-minute song has been transformed into a 56-page picture book, illustrated by award-winning Canadian artist Ian Wallace. .....". Click here to read the entire National Post article.
Click below to listen to Gordon Lightfoot singing the Trilogy while you watch a slide show of images of the west and vintage shots of the railway.
Click here is you wish to watch a much younger Gordon Lightfoot singing the song for the very first time on CBC television on January 1st, 1967 as Canada's Centennial year began. Click here to read the lyrics to this classic song.
Posting by Russ Milland

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