Sunday 19 March 2023

Uke-Song: "The MAPLE LEAF AD INFINITUM", an updated national hymn


ORIGINAL SONG: "The Maple Leaf Forever", by Alexander Muir, 1867
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, September 2013. To return to the current post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE
PHOTOS: from GoogleImages, several derived from the wonderful blogsite TorontoThenandNow

  The original song proposed Canada’s national symbol, and acted for decades as the unofficial anthem of (English) Canada; it was officially replaced in 1980 by “O Canada”. The old tree which had presumably inspired the original lyrics was destroyed by a storm in July 2013.
   As pointed out in the blog "City in the Trees", the version we sang long ago in school evoked a Canada that extended from Cape Race in the east to the Pacific. In fact, at the time Muir created the song, Newfoundland and British Columbia were separate colonies, and the new country had only 4 provinces.  
   Research into the song's historic underpinnings, as portrayed here, as well as personal experience, evolved into the nostalgic piece "Canadian School Reunion" - see my prior post highlighting this parody-song.

"Maple Cottage" Leslieville,
(now part of Toronto)
Muir's residence  

1867: A fragile line

FURTHER SONGS ON THE SAME THEME: For other nostalgic takes on Canada's national hymns, you can view (and sing along with) ...
post #6 (December 2013) Canadian Reunion  
post #65 (January 2015)  Flight of the Loonie
post #181 (June 2018)  Something to Groan About

THE MAPLE LEAF ad Infinitum

(to the tune of Alexander Muir's "Maple Leaf Forever")

Robert Stanley Weir

Calixa Lavallee


Thursday 9 March 2023

(MAR 9, 2023) singable saga: possessive adjectives and pronouns W-I-P

ORIGINAL POETRY-LYRICS: The lyrics were originally composed in limerick format and submitted to OEDILF, an online humour dictionary, by Giorgio Coniglio in 2023, and can also be found published as a blogposted poem on, "DAILY ILLUSTRATED NONSENSE". Click HERE.