I am going to see The Hip live tonight. Not only are they one of my longest, all-time running fav bands, they seem to “be” amm. Canadian. Complex concepts expressed through word. Private yet open. And I loved listening to their music with her.

One of my all time fav Hip songs is Wheat Kings (original version). It’s about the Prairies and it’s a pretty song. But the meaning behind it is dark. Murder. Wrongful conviction. Sadness. And North Battleford and Saskatoon. It’s an amazing story – you can read about David Milgaard here. I learned to play this song on the guitar as it connected with me so. I love to sing it. Can you hear amm?

Wheat Kings (live)

Sundown in the Paris of the prairies
Wheat kings have all treasures buried
And all you hear are the rusty breezes
Pushing around the weathervane Jesus

In his Zippo lighter he sees the killer’s face
Maybe it’s someone standing in a killer’s place
Twenty years for nothing, well, that’s nothing new
Besides, no one’s interested in something you didn’t do

Wheat kings and pretty things
Let’s just see what the morning brings

There’s a dream he dreams where the high school’s dead and stark
It’s a museum and we’re all locked up in it after dark
Where the walls are lined all yellow, grey and sinister
Hung with pictures of our parents’ prime ministers

Wheat kings and pretty things
Wait and see what tomorrow brings

Late breaking story on the CBC
A nation whispers, “We always knew that he’d go free”
They add, “You can’t be fond of living in the past
‘Cause if you are then there’s no way that you’re going to last”

Wheat kings and pretty things
Let’s just see what tomorrow brings
Wheat kings and pretty things
Oh that’s what tomorrow brings

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