19)   OVER NORTHERN SKIES 4:25

 

On Feb. 23, 1909, J.A.D. McCurdy (later Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia) piloted the first powered airplane flight by a British subject in the British Empire. The Silver Dart, as it was named had been built by the Aerial Experiment Association, a group aviation enthusiasts dedicated to creating a "practical aerodrome."


The flight took place on the frozen Bras d'Or Lake at Baddeck on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, near the home of AEA member Alexander Graham Bell.


Over Northern Skies was composed as the theme song for film producer John Lovelace's documentary celebrating 100 years of flight in Canada and follows 125 small planes as they fly across Canada July, 2009 to commemorate the centennial.



They’d never seen the likes before

‘Till that cold winter’s morn, on the ice of Bras d’Or
The Silver Dart coursed through the air
And the crowd assembled there, they all let out a cheer
McCurdy’s biplane hurdled by
He sets his sites upon the Nova Scotia sky


Were there grace to grant my dreams
I would ride with the wind, like a bird on high
And if I had wings to fly, I would sail away
Over Northern skies


Alexander Graham Bell, who we all know so well
Of telephone fame
Gathered the thinkers of the day, oh, the tinkers of the trade
To build his flying machine
And the mandate he declared
Do all it takes to set a man into the air


Were there grace to grant my dreams
I would ride with the wind, like a bird on high
And if I had wings to fly, I would sail away
Over Northern skies


At thirty thousand feet
It’s hard to believe, it’s only been a hundred years
A Silver Dart coursed through the air
On a wing and a prayer, and the crowd all cheered
The world advances stride by stride
So never fear to set your sites upon the sky


Where there's grace to grant our dreams 
We can ride with the wind, like birds on high
And given wings, we can fly, we can all sail away
Over Northern skies
We can sail away
Over Northern skies

 


Music & lyrics by Bruce Coughlan (SOCAN)

Over Northern Skies was title song for John Lovelace’s documentary Cross Canada Century Flight DVD (2009)


Bruce Coughlan:
lead vocal, guitar

Laurence Knight: electric bass, vocals
Nolan Murray: fiddle, mandolin, viola
Chris Nordquist: drums


Produced by Laurence Knight
Recorded and mixed by Larry Anschell at Turtle Recording
Mastered by Joby Baker, Baker Studios, Victoria, BC.