Twenty years for nothing, well, that’s nothing new… #WheatKings #TheTragicallyHip #MusicMonday @nholten40

Woohoo! It’s 🎼 Music Monday 🎼 time again! I’m growing rather fond of this idea created by Drew Weldon aka the Tattooed Book Geek. Make sure you check out his blog!

Today I’ve chosen one of my all time favourite songs by one of my all time favourite bands. You can read more about them HERE 

The song is WHEAT KINGS. The band is THE TRAGICALLY HIP. What’s the crime theme? The story behind this song is this: The song tells the story of David Milgaard, a young Winnipeg-born hippie wrongly convicted of the grisly rape and murder of Saskatchewan nurse Gail Miller. He served 23 years in a Canadian prison before his conviction was over-turned. Perhaps the most poignant and powerful aspect of the Milgaard story is that even though David had 20 opportunities for parole during his sentence, he did not once make a request for an early release. This would have required him to admit to the crime, something he was never prepared to do. Had David accepted responsibility for Gail Miller’s death, he could have been released.

So offenders and perps – I give you #WheatKings by #TheTragicallyHip! 🎼

 


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

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
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

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Gordon Downie / Gordon Sinclair / Johnny Fay / Paul Langlois / Robert Baker
Wheat Kings lyrics © Peermusic Publishing

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