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The Pageant of St Lusson


CAPO

In [C] 1671 I joined the [Dm] Sieur de Saint Lusson
[G7] Sault Ste. Marie was where he [C] said we would be goin'
[F] Sent there under orders by [C] Jean Baptiste Talon
to [Dm] lay claim to the [G7] land before more [F] British [G] came [C] along [G]


The [C] people they all know me by the [Dm] name Pierre Moreau
[G7] I am a coureurs-de-bois and that is [C] why I chose to go
[F] A chance to trade for furs among the [C] natives that I know
[Dm] skimming ‘cross the [G7] water in those [F] birch [G] bark [C] batteaux [G]

 
In [C] October 1670 we set [Dm] out from Montreal
down the [G7] Ottawa, lake Nipissing, the [C] French River and all
we [F] canoed into lake Huron as the [C] snow began to fall
on [Dm] Manitoulin [G7] island we [F] waited [G] for spring [C] thaw [G]

In [C] 1671 it was, on the [Dm] 5th day of May
We [G7] traders, priests and government men [C] reached Sault Ste Marie
[F] Nicholas Perrot set out to tell the [C] natives in Green Bay
to [Dm] come and watch the [G7] Frenchmen shoot their [F] guns and [G] have their [C] say


CHORUS

[F] Who can own the land? [C] Who can own a man?
A [Dm] tribe, a king, a [G7] government, a [F] party or a [C] clan?
[F] Who can ask the question? [C] Who can [G] understand?[Am]
The [Dm] idea is what [G7] has us in its [F] ruthless [G] little [C] hand [G]

In [C] 1671 on June [Dm] 14th a new day dawned
as [G7] Simon Francis Daumont, the [C] Sieur de Saint Lusson
raised the [F] cross of his religion as Vexilla [C] Regis was sung
[Dm] and 2000 [G7] natives wondered [F] what was [G] goin' [C] on [G]

The [C] Indians watched as Simon raised some [Dm] earth and then his sword
and [G7] annexed in the name of Louis the [C] 14th and the Lord
the [F] land beneath their feet and all the [C] water that poured
through the [Dm] rapids of St. [G7] Mary to every [F] undiscovered [G] shore [C] [G] 
 
Nick [C] Perrot stood up and spoke to the [Dm] natives in their tongue
some [G7] words that were supposed to tell them [C] what had just been done
He said, "You [F] may not understand it but the [C] French kingdom has come."
All [Dm] shouted, "Vive le [G7] Roy!" as the [F] French fired [G] off their [C] guns [G]

A [C] metal plate engraved with the [Dm] royal arms of France
was [G7] attached to a cedar post as the [C] priest took up his stance
[F] Allouez harangued the crowd and soon he [C] put them in a trance
I [Dm] drank some rum and [G7] chuckled as the [F] bonfire [G] flames they [C] danced

CHORUS

[F] Who can own the land? [C] Who can own a man?
A [Dm] tribe, a king, a [G7] government, a [F] party or a [C] clan?
[F] Who can ask the question? [C] Who can [G] understand?[Am]
The [Dm] idea is what [G7] has us in its [F] ruthless [G] little [C] hand [G]

Some [C] 200 years later William [Dm] Warren wrote down
just [G7] what the natives heard when the [C] Frenchmen made their sounds
They [F] heard a pledge of friendship in those [C] words that flew around
a [Dm] promise of [G7] protection as those [F] muskets [G] shook the [C] ground

By [C] 1771 Louis the [Dm] 14th was long gone
The [G7] British had moved in, Vexilla [C] Regis was not sung
but [F] traders just like me, French, English and [C] native carried on
[Dm] whoever owns the [G7] flag you find a [F] way to [G] sing [C] along

CHORUS

[F] Who can own the land? [C] Who can own a man?
A [Dm] tribe, a king, a [G7] government, a [F] party or a [C] clan?
[F] Who can ask the question? [C] Who can [G] understand?[Am]
The [Dm] idea is what [G7] has us in its [F] ruthless [G] little [C] hand [G]

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