Things have devolved into such a state of ridiculous zaniness on Canada's energyscape that perhaps it's time to express our travails through that time-proven panacea that cure all forms of hurt: the country western song

Such songs are known to timelessly and eloquently express a range of sentiments and emotions; they're anthems to spirit, grittiness and determination conveyed in plain-spoken and heartfelt terms.

Maybe it's time for a cross-country sing-along. Maybe this anthem will get some radio time. With tongue only somewhere near my cheek, I call this little ditty:

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

It goes like this...sing along if you will. Twangs and drawls at your discretion.


Our wheels ain't turnin' on the trucks

Our drill bits ain't grindin' through the rocks

Our oil is worth not much more than dirt

Yes, indeed we’re in times of hurt

Chorus
We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

Our fellow Canucks don't give a crap

But we won't turn off the tap

That fills their cars and flies their planes

That schools their kids and cures their pains

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

It's hard to figure what they don't get

About how petroleum fuels the jets

That takes our name across the globe

And gets Canadian petro a name of gold

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

Ole Rach is out buyin' trains

To haul our crude across the plains

But all we want is to lay some pipe

And not listen to those easterners gripe

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

We all get the climate's changin' true

Just know oil folks love this earth as much as you

But killin' petroleum ain't the solution say

Cuz our barrels get cleaner ‘n greener every day

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

Ole Jay and Rach are snipin' at each other

'N Johnny Horgan wants to smother

A sector that that backbones our fine land

You might just say life's a bitumen

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

Those politicians just want to squabble

While the economy turns to rubble

We need to tell ‘em to quit the snipe

And let’s just get on with layin’ that pipe

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

These times are crazy that's for sure

We’re left wondering what’s the cure

For when resort town mayors send us a climate bill

And our teachers would rather listen to Suzuki and Berman shill

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

We’re pickin’ up picket signs instead of pickin’ up paycheques

But Justin just pats our heads just like his pa did, heck

And tells us like children things will be okay

If only we follow the Liberal way

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

From Drayton east out to Lloyd and GP south down to the Hat

Shops are closin’ and businesses are flat

Downtown Cowtown looks ‘n feels like a ghost town

And some days the Plus-15’s so empty you could host a showdown

We may be hurtin' ...But we ain't dyin'

Even when times ain't flyin' ... We're never gonna give up tryin'

We’ve got the bumper sticker for these tough days

But our spirit’s strong and our backbone straight

Our towns are hurtin'; our families cryin'

We may be hurtin' but we ain't dyin'


George Canyon, Terri Clark, Paul Brant and Corb Lund: my agent is ready for your calls should you want to put this to music.

On a serious note, though, if the rest of Canada won’t listen to other forms of conversation about the importance of the energy sector to the country’s economic and social well-being, maybe a heartfelt three-chord ballad will do the trick.

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