IN THIS (PANDEMIC) TIME is a Kurated series inspired by COVID-19.
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SHOWING US HOW IT’S DONE
CBC TV’s 90-minute Sunday night special supporting front-line workers in Canada’s COVID-19 battle featured a lot of energized Canadian talent and star power.
But 79 year-old Buffy Sainte-Marie shone brightest with the fire and wisdom of her lifelong activism informing an inspired 68 second spoken word poem. Based on her 2015 song, Carry It On, the renowned singer-songwriter exhorted the audience to “Hold your head up, lift the top of your mind, put your eyes on the earth, lift your heart to your own home planet.”
A fundraiser for Food Banks Canada, the show featured famous Canadians from the music, sports, space, political and performing arts worlds. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered a brief recorded speech just before hip-hop star Drake closed the show with an untypically flat, long-winded sermon.
An all-star, physically distanced Canadian choir – including Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan –recorded in numerous separate locations performed Lean On Me by the late Bill Withers.
For a full list of participants check the CBC website.
27 April 2020
Carry It On Hold your head up Lift the top of your mind Put your eyes on the Earth Lift your heart to your own home planet What do you see? What is your attitude Are you here to improve or damn it Look right now and you will see We're only here by the skin of our teeth as it is So take heart and take care of your link with life and Oh carry it on We're saying Oh carry it on Keep playing Oh carry it on And praying It ain't money that makes the world go round That's only temporary confusion It ain't governments that make the people strong It's the opposite illusion Look right now and you will see They're only here by the skin of our teeth as it is So take heart and take care of your link with Life Oh carry it on Keep saying Oh carry it on And playing Oh carry it on And praying Look right now and you will see We're only here by the skin of our teeth as it is So take heart and take care of your link with Life is beautiful If you got the sense to take care of your source of perfection Mother Nature She's the daughter of God and the source of all protection Look right now And you will see she's only here by the skin of her teeth as it is So take heart and take care of your link with life Oh carry it on Keep saying Oh carry it on And playing Oh carry it on Keep on praying Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Buffy Sainte-Marie Carry It On lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.