Canada boasts some of the world’s greatest musical talent. As music fans, we recognize this and are in some way influenced or inspired by their creative work. But how about performers and creators themselves – which Canadian singer-songwriters do they recognize? Here’s a list of 7 songs written by prominent artists such as Nirvana, Alanis Morisette and Lynyrd Skynyrd that have shout-outs to some of our nation’s greatest singer-songwriters.
“Penny Royal Tea” by Nirvana: Leonard Cohen
“Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
So I can sigh eternally “
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd: Neil Young
“Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don’t need him around any how”
“Hey Joni” by Sonic Youth: Joni Mitchell
“Shots ring out from the center of an empty field
Joni’s in the tall grass
She’s a beautiful mental jukebox
A sailboat explosion
A snap of electric whipcrack”
“The Wino and I Know” by Jimmy Buffet: Hank Snow
“The ice cream man he’s a hillbilly fan,
He’s got seventy-eights by Hank Snow;
Walks down the street, shufflin’ his feet,
To the rhythm that only he knows. “
“Heart Songs” by Weezer: Gordon Lightfoot
“Gordon Lightfoot sang a song about a boat that sank
In the lake at the break of the morning “
“The Swish” by The Hold Steady: Robbie Robertson
“She said my name is Robbie Robertson but people call me robo.
I blew red white and blue right into a tissue.
I came right over the counter just to kiss you. “
“Your House” by Alanis Morisette: Joni Mitchell
“Went down to the den
Found your CD’s
And I played your Joni”
Did we miss any? Let us know!