Hey Rosetta! And Yukon Blonde have just shared a joint music video promoting change for the upcoming election.
Though the two bands currently live on opposite coasts of Canada from each other (Hey Rosetta! is from Newfoundland, and Yukon Blonde from B.C.), the bands are speaking out against another Harper government.
As the song opens, Tim Baker of HR! speaks out “what have we lost, poisoned or crushed”, recalling instances like the Keystone Pipeline damaging our environment, or Harper’s avoidance of investigating unsolved missing or murdered Indigenous women.
what have we lost, poisoned, or crushed?
what highest hopes were stolen from us?
what holy rolling hills were cut into dust?
what voices were stifled, silenced, scared and carried off?
do you think we can hide? (no)
put your head in the sand? (no)
do you think we can ride it out?
well some of us can’t
who’s after taking our wages and our trust?
our women forsaken, forgotten, and lost
our holy rolling hills, our waters, our crops
are hid in their bills, pushed through and hushed up and sold off like pawns
do they think they can hide them? (no)
keep our heads in the sand? (no)
do they think they can ride it out for another one?
well we say they can’t
there is a time (oh)
when a change has to come (oh)
for you to speak your mind (oh)
for you to fight for the land you love
when i was a child, i sang the anthem with pride
it stood for justice, peace, and human rights
it stood for the holy rolling hills and a home for all walks of life
and it must again, for my children, and theirs
do you think they can hide? (no)
put their heads in the sand? no
you think they can ride it out?
well some of em can’t
no now is the time (oh)
when a change has to come (oh)
for you to draw a line (oh)
and to fight for the land you love
The protest song comes just two weeks before the upcoming election season, and encourages voters to reconsider, and vote “anything but Harper”. Check out the video, directed by Hey Rosetta’s drummer Phil Maloney, in the player above.
The bands are also on tour together this fall
Hey Rosetta! & Yukon Blonde Fall Tour:
Oct 9 2015 Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club
Nov 1 2015 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Nov 2 2015 San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
Nov 4 2015 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Nov 6 2015 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Nov 7 2015 Victoria, BC @ McPherson Playhouse
Nov 9 2015 Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
Nov 10 2015 Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
Nov 11 2015 Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre
Nov 12 2015 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
Nov 14 2015 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Nov 15 2015 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Nov 16 2015 London, ON @ London Music Hall
Nov 17 2015 Kitchener, ON @ Centre In The Square
Nov 19 2015 Kingston, ON @ Grand Theatre
Nov 20 2015 Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Nov 21 2015 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Nov 22 2015 Ottawa, ON @ NAC – Southam Hall
Nov 25 2015 Saint John, NB @ Kent Theatre
Nov 26 2015 Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Nov 27 2015 Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Dec 16 2015 St. John’s, NL @ Holy Heart Theatre
Dec 17 2015 St. John’s, NL @ Holy Heart Theatre
Dec 18 2015 St. John’s, NL @ Holy Heart Theatre