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The true story of what happened when I tried to cross the Canadian border to go to the G8 protests in Calgary last summer.
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David Rovics
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Hang A Flag In The Window
Fri May 27, 2005
Acoustic : Folk
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The true story of what happened when I tried to cross the Canadian border to go to the G8 protests in Calgary last summer. (When Allie and I were in the studio to record some of these songs, I was recovering from a nasty cold of some kind, and it’s fairly evident in my voice here in this song, but I figured, what the heck, it just makes me sound a bit rough, which isn’t all bad.)
Lyrics
It was on one summer evening
When I sallied forth
Headed up to Calgary
On the road up north
The leaders of the free world were meeting
To decide the planet's fate
So there were some things I wanted to mention
To this Group of Eight

I went up to the border
And was greeted with a smile
Until they looked my name up
And showed to me my file
The guard said that freedom
Canadians hold dear
But it says right on this paper
That we don't want your kind around here

(Chorus)
So I feel I should inform you
In case it's something that you missed
Now it is official
And I'm on the list
If you've ever wondered what they look like
Then let me take a bow
'Cause I'm an outside agitator
You're looking at one now

They said I had no record
Of crimes that they could find
But their data told them
That I might have some in mind
They copied all my papers
Searched all around my truck
Took my picture and informed me
That I was out of luck

(Chorus)

Now I'm no Emma Goldman
Or Commandante Che
But someone up in Ottawa
Said I should be turned away
So it leaves me wondering
What have I done wrong
Perhaps it is a crime
I committed in a song

(Chorus)

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Created July, 2002
Copyright David Rovics 2002, all rights reserved