Ahead By a Century

In this time of turbulent uncertainty, where we once again see a military behemoth threatening a much smaller, peaceful country, we sometimes need to remember what we have and what we can give.


I think this iconic Canadian song from The Tragically Hip encapsulates that idea. It’s a song with a broad sweep as it weaves together past, present and future. It is about time, memory, loss, disappointment and desire, but it’s also about Canada’s identity and the politics of hope. Generally, it’s song in which we’re asked to drop what holds us back, and to imagine a future unharnessed by personal drawbacks.

Most of all, we’re urged to rethink the present, and to imagine a more generous and accepting future that should not be ahead of us by a century.

It’s very sad that we lost Gord Downie so early, but he and his band mates gifted us with an incredible body of heartfelt, lyrically beautiful music; this song in particular. It’s a huge reminder of all our advantages and why it’s necessary to help a friend who’s fighting a massive, vicious bully.

Glory to Ukraine. 🇺🇦

7 thoughts on “Ahead By a Century”

  1. I loved their song “poets”- I remember first hearing it in the ’90s- way back when it was either radio or cd. I had forgotten about them and loved “poets”- thank you for reminding me of them, and for such a beautiful post ♥️

    1. Thank you very much. 🙂 Yes, I like that one, too. Dates us pretty nicely. 😉

      I agree. What’s happening to Ukraine is vile. I wish there was more I could do to help. It’s getting scary for Finland and Sweden, too. I understand that their NATO memberships are being fast-tracked.

  2. What a great song from the Hip and a good reminder to think about how fortunate we are and that it’s important to help others in need. Life is fleeting. We should try to leave this place in a better shape than we found it, both in terms of the environment and our connections with others.

    1. Agreed. I like a lot of their music. Gord Downie was so talented and his lyrics so heartfelt. Secret Path is a fantastic work of art, but so devastating.

      I agree that we should be doing a lot better than we are, especially environmentally. With all our advantages, it shouldn’t be difficult, but people just don’t want to think about it.

  3. The perfect song for sure Lynette. I do not think many of us can explain why one country (or person) would put another through the Hell that Russia is visiting on Ukraine. Stay well. Allan

    1. Thank you very much, Allan. I think that for some people, their egos are in change and they just can’t control (or don’t want to) themselves. I think that Putin is going to come to a bad end, but I’m sure his replacement will be just as horrific.

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