that Canadian look, or cool to be Johnny Canuck

apologetic and glad

with parkas, big boots

here, plaid’s no fad

—that Canadian look

 

red serge and mukluks

from Hudson’s Bay

to the Mounties, eh?

I’m sorry I look so good

 

prairie wind chill fashion school

arctic lows to Rocky Mountain highs

prairie wind chill fashion school

we learn what keeps us warm

prairie wind chill fashion school— ’cause

black skin frostbite don’t look cool

 

snow and ice

is the northern price

lotsa luck, you southern schmuck

ya gotta be cool to be Johnny Canuck

 

the big beards are back

with handlebar moustaches

like Blacque Jacque Shellacque

mad trapper and the lumberjack

is that Canadian look

 

warm in furs and pioneers felt

buckskin fringe? First Nations, or the Voyageurs

and hats made of the beaver pelt

the skin on which this country’s built

is that Canadian look

 

big goose down jackets

flannel-lined blue jeans, toques supreme

big goose down jackets

moose-hide moccasins, the snowshoe dream

big goose down jackets— can

make you look like the Michelin Man

 

snow and ice

is the northern price

lotsa luck, you southern schmuck

ya gotta be cool to be Johnny Canuck

 

apologetic and glad

from Hudson’s Bay

to the Mounties, eh?

I’m sorry I look so good

 

 

About troysherdahl

A blue-collar bohemian with a penchant for fine words and dirty jeans.
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