TO YOUNG CANADIANS

by James Wright

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Unusual, evocative, innocent, and delightful – these are words people have used to describe this fetching composition. Singers and listeners will enjoy the multiple layers Leah adds over a simple ostinato – which can be played on piano, organ or even xylophone/Orff instruments. Leah’s relatable message is that it’s easy to become stuck in patterns, and that we must do our best to “liftoff” and free ourselves from what weighs us down.

LYRICS

Tens of thousands of Canadians
Have written me to wish me well.
Your spirit and your love have lit up my home,
And hardened my determination to leave you with this message:

Love is better than anger, hope is better than fear, 
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic and we’ll change
 the world.

I believe in the power to change things, I believe in the power of youth. 
I believe in your dreams for Canada, ray of hope shining strong and true. 
I believe in the power to change things, I believe in the power of youth. 
Canada, O Canada, I believe in you!

My friends, know that love is better than anger, hope is better than fear, 
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic and we’ll change
the world.

(optional French-language verses and refrains are found in the score)

I believe in your youthful vision, passion, energy, bonds that bind.
I believe you will meet each challenge with every fibre of heart and mind.
I believe in your youthful vision, generosity, justice true. 
Canada, O Canada, I believe in you!

My friends, know that love is better than anger, hope is better than fear, 
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic and we’ll change the world. 
We can change the world! 

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