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"Matapedia" - by Kate & Anna McGarrigle

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"Matapedia" - by Kate & Anna McGarrigle

(The further adventures of trying to re-trace down Canadian Folk songs heard on the radio on the "Canada 2000" trip)

Thanks again to Roger Eccleston (brewpub@kingstonbrewing.com) who DJ's the "Sweet Folk Also" on Thursday nights (10pm to midnight Canadian time - 3am to 5am Friday morning UK time) on CFRC, Queens University for playing this song.


From: L. Cranswick [lzc@xrdsv1.dl.ac.uk]
To: brewpub [brewpub@kingstonbrewing.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:40 AM
Subject: Another challenge if you have the time
> >
> >
>
>
> Hi Roger,
>
> Hopefully the final harrassment from me 
> Another challenge if you have the time:
> Heard this on CBC around 6 weeks ago.  Can't trace it
> down and CBC site is so corporate looking, it is useless -
> and scarey!
>
> Canadian Folk Song - not sure which region.  Possibly Ontario.
> Sung by a female singer.
>
> Only thing I can remember is the chorus
>   "I am not Afraid, I am not Afraid"  (possibly the title of the song)
>
> Theme of the song seems to be of a person on a road trip - home -
> or away from home.
>
> Background I can remember is the CBC radio DJ was reading a book by
> a Canadian author - where the main character is mentioning the
> songs she (or he) is listening to on a trip - and the above
> song was one of them.
>
> ----
>
> The  human mind remembers strange things!
>
> Cheers,
>
> Lachlan.

From: "brewpub" [brewpub@kingstonbrewing.com]
To: [l.cranswick@dl.ac.uk]
Subject: Fw: Another challenge if you have the time
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 12:24:03 -0500

(Tried to send the following on March 4th, apparently the message got lost
somewhere in cyberspace! I'm trying again using your original address ...
let me know if  I reach you this time . (Otherwise, I may have to resort to
Stone Age 'fax' type technologies!))


 Hi Lachlan,

 Wow! That latest challenge was a toughie! Not much to go on (& a couple of
 "curve balls" in the clues!).

 I didn't hear the CBC broadcast, & I didn't recognise the line you quoted
 from the song.

 However, the answer you are looking for is a song called  'Matapedia' from a
 CD of the same name by Montreal, Quebec, based artists Kate & Anna
 McGarrigle, (Hanibal records, 1996).

 The book you mention is not, in fact, by a Canadian author. The reference
 is to a passage in Iain Banks' (Scottish) latest novel "The Business" in
 which the main character, Kathryn Telman, listens to that music on a taxi
 ride from London to Heathrow in order to shut out the babbling cab driver:

 "Played Kate & Anna McGarrigle's 'Matapedia' all the way along the M4.
 Folk;  not the sort of thing I'm usually into, but just sublime".

 I'll play the track on next week's "Sweet Folk Also" - hope you can pick
 it up via Real Audio when you get back to UK.

 Cheers,

 Roger


Lyrics

Matapedia

(words and music Kate McGarrigle/Garden Court Music ASCAP)

Her hair was dyed black and she was bending down
Picking something from off the ground
She was seventeen
And he said, "Oh my God, it's Kate"
She said "No, I'm the daughter of Kate
My name is Martha, who are you?
Ma never told me, never told me 'bout you"

He put his big middle-aged hands upon her shoulders
And he looked her in the eyes
Just like a boy of nineteen would do
And she was not afraid
No, she was not afraid

Once upon a time two kids in love in a car were flyin' over mountains
Trying to catch a boat that'd take 'em up river to home...

And they raced the Matapedia
Sixty minutes sixty miles
Thirty minutes thirty miles
Twenty minutes twenty miles
Ten nine eight....
And I was not afraid
No, I was not afraid

Well we made the boat with minutes to spare
And we crossed on over to the other side
And back home, safe and sound
But I could not slow down
No, I could not slow down

And we raced the Matapedia
Sixty minutes sixty miles
Thirty minutes thirty miles
Twenty minutes twenty miles
Ten nine eight
But I could not slow down
No, I could not slow down

I was not afraid
No, I was not afraid

I could not slow down 'cause I was not afraid


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