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Skeleton Park

This song is by The Tragically Hip and appears on the album We Are the Same (2009).

In Skeleton Park
One fine summer evening
The sun teased the dark
Like the last strawberry
I could hear them on the breeze
Hear them moving through the trees
The ghosts of the Rideau Canal start to sing
And patting the grass you said
"Come sit next to me, be my sweetheart"
Over in Skeleton Park
Over in Skeleton Park

In Skeleton Park
I couldn't see anything
A raven took the moon
And tucked it under her wing
I could hear them in the rain
Hear them dripping from the leaves
Widows of the Rideau Canal softly sing
And underneath the trees you said
"Please watch over me, you are my heart"
Over in Skeleton Park
Over in Skeleton Park
Hear them sing

In Skeleton Park
My dreams went a scattering
Multiplying light
For all there was to see
And then in the dawn I wept for all them ghosts
And (?) my broken heart
Over in Skeleton Park
Over in Skeleton Park
Meet me in Skeleton Park
Over in Skeleton Park
Hear them sing

Credits

Written by:

Baker, Downie, Fay, Langlois, Sinclair

References

  • Skeleton Park (officially "McBurney Park") is the colloquial name of a park and playground in Kingston, Ontario, named such due to the frequent unearthing of human remains. Throughout the first half of the 19th century it was the location of the Kingston's Upper Cemetery. Originally a burial ground for soldiers, it was quickly filled to capacity as Kingston suffered through six epidemics, including the Cholera epidemics of 1832 and 1834, which cut down thousands of labourers constructing the Rideau Canal from Kingston to Ottawa. In total, more than 10,000 are estimated to be buried there.

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