When heavy rains in June triggered floods in Southern Alberta, the country was unified in its sympathy for Albertans and in respect for how they handled the crisis. Alberta-native Corb Lund is the latest to join that chorus of support with his new song, "Blood, Sweat & Water."
Listen to "Blood, Sweat & Water (A Song for Southern Alberta)" by Corb Lund
"My song 'Blood, Sweat & Water' uses Stampede as a metaphor for the city's courage, hard work and resilience," Lund says in a statement on his website. "It's a tribute to everyone who's been toughing it out dealing with the flood damage in southern Alberta. The idea occurred to me after seeing all the work people had done to make Stampede happen this year. I wrote it in the last few days, and me and some of my Edmonton musician friends went in the studio and recorded it in a day."
He took the motto Albertans adopted in response and ran with it.
As he sings in the song:
"The banks of the river have crumbled,
"And the currents uprooted the trees.
"But in my eyes no city has looked quite as pretty,
"As when Cowtown rose up from its knees."
"I remember seeing the 'Come Hell or Water' graphic just days after seeing the worst of the flood photos," he says.
"Nice job Calgary; you handled yourself through this thing with a lot of class."
on Jul 12, 2013