The Gertrudes – Of One Almighty Nation (with lyric subtitles)

Of one almighty nation Sir John A was a-dreaming From ocean to blue ocean, the railway tracks a-gleaming A land of milk and honey, of farms that went forever And he did wake up smiling for he felt so bold and clever With a ring dum a doodle di Whack for the daddy-o Whack for the daddy-o, there's history in the jar But making a new country would take a vision steady For one thing, there were people living on the land already He sighed and he swore that he would achieve it If people were on Sir John's land then they would have to leave it Now you cannot be squeamish if you wish to build a nation So John A and his colleagues tried the method of starvation And the native children who he soon would be ruling He sent them off to learn his ways in the residential schooling And then the gleaming railroad, through bogs and woods and briar The labourers from China were affordable to hire But with the work completed they still did keep arriving So Sir John had to charge them all to keep the nation thriving Of one almighty nation Sir John A was a-dreaming Of forests full of lumber and the locomotives steaming Sir John A, oh Sir John A, his name will live forever The founder of our country for he was so bold and clever With a ring dum a doodle di Whack for the daddy-o Whack for the daddy-o, there's history in the jar There's history in the jar.