ESL Video Quiz: syoneda: Tragically Hip: Wheat Kings

Quiz by: Sharon Yoneda
Quiz #: 26967
(ESL Category: listening) "Wheat Kings" tells the story of David Milgaard, a young Winnipeg-born hippie wrongly convicted of the grisly rape and murder of Saskatchewan nurse Gail Miller

Wheat Kings

Sundown in the Paris of the prairies
Wheat kings have all treasures buried
And all you hear are the rusty breezes
Pushing around the weathervane Jesus

In his Zippo lighter he sees the killer's face
Maybe it's someone standing in a killer's place
Twenty years for nothing, well, that's nothing new
Besides, no one's interested in something you didn't do

Wheat kings and pretty things
Let's just see what the morning brings

There's a dream he dreams where the high school's dead and stark
It's a museum and we're all locked up in it after dark
Where the walls are lined all yellow, grey and sinister
Hung with pictures of our parents' prime ministers

Wheat kings and pretty things
Wait and see what tomorrow brings

Late breaking story on the CBC
A nation whispers, "We always knew that he'd go free"
They add, "You can't be fond of living in the past
'Cause if you are then there's no way that you're going to last"

Wheat kings and pretty things
Let's just see what tomorrow brings
Wheat kings and pretty things
Oh that's what tomorrow brings


performed by: Tragically Hip

date released: 1992 by Tragically Hip

From Rolling Stone Magazine:

This fan favorite was never released as a single on Fully
Completely. "Wheat Kings" begins with the calls of a solitary
loon and recounts the true case of David Milgaard, who was
wrongly imprisoned for 23 years for the killing of a young
Saskatchewan nurse. The slow, mournful song has been
played around Canadian campfires since its release. Despite
the many mentions of Canadiana on the album, MCA hoped
Fully Completely would finally break the band in the United
States. It didn't."Two weeks before the record comes out," said
bassist Gord Sinclair in the book Have Not Been the Same:
The Canrock Renaissance 1985-1995, "all the record
company is saying is, 'It's gonna be big boys, look out!' Then
the week after, no one returns our calls. That's the way it is."
MCA cut American production of the album after two weeks

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