Missy Higgins – Oh Canada [Official Video]


Missy’s new single OH CANADA out now. Touring Feb/March – tickets on sale now. For more info visit http://www.missyhiggins.com

Video production credits for ‘Oh Canada’:
Directed by Natasha Pincus
Animation Director: Nicholas Kallincos
Animation:
Nicholas Kallincos
Sal Cooper
Seb Fowler
Produced by stark raving productions
http://www.starkravingproductions.com.au

100% of Net proceeds of sales for OH CANADA go to ASRC (Asylum Seekers Resource Centre)
http://www.asrc.org.au

Caritas and World Vision support programs in Syria and neighbouring countries that create spaces where children can express their feelings of the past and hopes for the future. The drawings in this film are by children in Caritas programs in Damascus, Syria and in World Vision programs in Beirut, Lebanon. Both the global Caritas network and World Vision have helped millions of people affected by the crisis in the Middle East. Help Caritas Australia and the Caritas network continue this important work by visiting http://www.caritas.org.au/syria Help World Vision to provide ongoing support through these projects by visiting http://www.worldvision.com.au/syria

Oh Canada – Lyrics

He was carried from the water by a solider
And the picture screams a thousand different words
He was running from the terror with his father
Who once believed that nothing could be worse

So he’d handed a man two thousand precious dollars
The way you’d rest a bird in a lion’s open jaw
And he told his boys that Canada was waiting
There was hope upon her golden shores

But at night he said a quiet prayer to the wind

Oh Canada, if you can hear me now
Won’t you open up your arms towards the sea?
Oh Canada, if you can help me out
All I ever wanted was a safe place for my family

Well the days were long but the nights were even longer
And the babies never left their mothers’ side
But the boat was small and the waves were getting stronger
And they began to fear they’d not survive

So the father said “We gotta hold each other tighter
I’m not losing everyone I love tonight
And we’ve come so far I know that out there somewhere
There’s a place where we’ll not fear for our lives”

But as he held onto the side of the boat he looked up at the sky

Oh Canada, if you can hear me now
Won’t you open up your arms towards the sea
Oh Canada, if you can help me out
The sea is turning and I think we’re going down

Anyone if you can hear me now,
Won’t you open up your heart towards the sea
Anyone, please help us out
All we ever wanted was a safe place for our family

There’s a million ways to justify your fear
There’s a million ways to measure out your words
But the body of Alan being laid upon the sand
Tell me how do you live with that?

Written by Missy Higgins
Published by Missy Higgins productions