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Swamp College Road suggested for CBC’s Song Quest

What stretch of Canadian road do you think should be celebrated in song? One viewer has already suggested a Prince Edward County road for the CBC’s Great Canadian Song Quest contest.
“I’m thinking it has to be a mysterious little stretch of road in Prince Edward County – “Swamp College Road” – a road whose name alone just begs for lyrics and a melody,” says Jac, now of Edmonton.
The CBC sites says Canada is literally connected by special stretches of road, from highway to byway, Main Street to back street – and 13 of them will be immortalized as the Great Canadian Song Quest returns to Canada’s national music network, CBC Radio 2.
Thirteen musicians – one from each province and territory – have been selected to add a new chapter to the Canadian songbook through the creation of 13 new original road songs. And just like last year’s Quest, Canadians have an important role to play. Music fans across the nation are invited to vote on which inspiring stretch of road they would like to see celebrated in song. Starting Sept, 7th, log on to the Song Quest website and nominate an awe-inspiring stretch of Canadian road that you think should be included in these newly-commissioned songs.
Once the nominations are in, a short list of the top five roads in each province and territory will be revealed on Sept. 22, and you can vote for your favourites. On Oct. 1, the final roads will be revealed on the Song Quest website and the musicians will get to work writing new tunes. Those new road songs will be unveiled on CBC Radio 1, 2 and 3 on Oct. 22, and will be available for purchase on iTunes. And on Oct. 26, all 13 artists will come together in a special Song Quest concert at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
Throughout Song Quest, you can tune into Radio 2 Morning with Bob Mackowycz, (6 – 9 a.m. E.T. /6:30 – 9:30 a.m. NT), and Radio 2 Drive with Rich Terfry (3:30 – 7 p.m. E.T. /4 – 7:30 p.m. NT), for the latest updates and special programming.

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  1. jac says:

    Last couple of days to make sure some of the County roads make the Top 5 for the Song Quest. Get into the CBC website and Vote (it’s better than politics)

  2. David Simmonds says:

    i’ve been singing a song about swamp college for a couple of years. here is the lyric;

    and he was right david simmonds sep 08

    verse 1/ i made it out of high school /no clue what i’d do next
    everybody had suggestions /made me a nervous wreck
    some said be a doctor /or get a law degree
    but my uncle fred out in wellington said / you’d be better if you listened to me

    chorus/ go get some knowledge from the swamp college /step into the slime and muck
    get your hands dirty and your feet muddy / then try to get yourself unstuck
    and once the college gives you swamp knowledge / you can use it every day
    you’ll find the nerve to handle any curve / life can throw your way

    verse 2/As you might have gathered/i didn’t think things out too far
    so i spent my days in a foggy haze /drinking in the picton bars
    but one day i remembered /just as things were looking grim
    what my uncle fred out in wellington said /and i knew i should have listened to him


    verse 3/ so i did just what he told me /and it kept me off the skids
    i’ve got a big house up in rednersville/a lawn tractor and four kids
    and you can bet your bottom dollar/that every chance i get
    what my uncle fred out in welilngton said /i wont let you forget


  3. jac says:

    I see where a few County folk have nominated a couple of stretches of PEC road – and they’re all good – very good indeed. It’s such a shame that there’s so few stretches of pavement in that part of the province that could be worthy of a song (he said with tongue firmly in cheek)

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