Fireworks

The Tragically Hip is one of Canada's greatest musical acts. Lead singer/song writer Gordon Downey has often referenced the great Canadian game, most notably by wearing a Boston Bruins sweater in music video and direct references to the triumph and tragedy of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bill Barilko in the song Fifty Mission Cap.

However there is a lesser known song from the Phantom Power album that directly references the 1972 Summit Series. It is entitled "Fireworks," with the lyrics listed below. The jacket cover of the album is also below to aid those who are looking for the album.

The song is a story of true love, whether it be hockey or a girl, and the amazing things you can do if the love is so incredibly pure. | Listen to 40 second clip from TheHip.com |

Fireworks

   If there's a goal that everyone remembers, it was back in ol' 72
   We all squeezed the stick and we all pulled the trigger
   And all I remember is sitting beside you
   You said you didn't give a fuck about hockey
   And I never saw someone say that before
   You held my hand and we walked home the long way
   You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr

   Isn't it amazing anything's accomplished
   When the little sensation gets in your way
   Not one ambition whisperin' over your shoulder
   Isn't it amazing you can do anything

   We hung out together every single moment
   Cause that's what we thought married people do
   Complete with the grip of artificial chaos
   And believe in the country of me and you
   Crisis of faith and crisis in the Kremlin
   And yeah, we'd heard all that before
   It's wintertime, the house is solitude with options
   And loosening the grip on a fake cold war

   Isn't it amazing anything's accomplished
   When the little sensation gets in your way
   Not one ambition whisperin' over your shoulder
   Isn't it amazing you can do anything

   Next to your comrades in the national fitness program
   Caught in some eternal flexed arm hang
   Droppin' to the mat in a fit of laughter
   Showed no patience, tolerance or restraint

   Fireworks exploding in the distance
   Temporary towers soar
   Fireworks emulatin' heaven
   Til there are no stars anymore
   Fireworks aiming straight at heaven
   Temporary towers soar
   Til there are no stars shining up in heaven
   Til there are no stars anymore

   Isn't it amazing anything's accomplished
   When the little sensation gets in your way
   Not one ambition whisperin' over your shoulder
   Isn't it amazing you can do anything

   This one thing probably never goes away
   I think this one thing is always supposed to stay
   This one thing doesn't have to go away

 

Phantom Power - The Tragically Hip