Chilliwack frontman Bill Henderson’s outrage after seeing an independent film about oil tankers on B.C.’s coast has spilled over into a song.
"Take Back This Land" is part anthem and part love song, a rallying cry Henderson hopes will inspire Canadians to vote in the Oct. 19 federal election.
“I really wanted to make sure it wasn’t an angry song,” said Henderson, who lives on Salt Spring Island. “I’ve written a lot of angry songs and that’s not what’s needed — it doesn’t really help very much. I wanted to write something that people could feel good about saying and that moved us forward somehow.”
Vancouver-born Henderson, 70, who received the Order of Canada this year, spent ages six to 13 living at Yellow Point, south of Nanaimo. He is critical of the way the Conservative government has treated the environment and introduced omnibus bills, only to invoke closure on debate.
He was incensed after watching Coastal Tarsands: Journey to Deleted Islands in March. The film follows a kayaker through B.C.’s North Coast and the approximately 1,000 square kilometres of islands that were omitted in Enbridge’s initial promotional material on its proposed route for oil tankers carrying bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands.
Months later Henderson penned the refrain:
“We’re gonna take back this country; we’re gonna take back this land.
“We’re gonna bring back our democracy and build Canada again.
“We’re gonna take back this country; we’re gonna take back this land
“We’re going to bring back the heart and soul of Canada again.”
Below, an unfinished take Henderson and band — featuring The Henderson Girls — recorded in the studio late last month.
Continue reading Cyndi Harnett's feature in the (Victoria) Times Columnist here