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Uploaded on Jan 31, 2010
Timmy's Anthem sung by Brad and Robert Nelson at Folk Night at the Registry, Kitchener, Ontario, January 30 2010. Click (Show More) to view the lyrics below. Timmy's Anthem, Copyright Brad Nelson (c) 2010
Thanks to everyone who has watched and enjoyed Timmy's Anthem (and even those who didn't... it's just meant to be a fun song, folks). Your comments are appreciated. Cheers to you all from Robert and myself. Just to let you know, Tim Hortons did thank us officially for the good PR. But unfortunately, CBC's Vinyl Cafe didn't include us in their "Unofficial Canadian Anthems" show last year. As of yet there is no downloadable version of the song, but one is in the works. In the meantime, here are the lyrics.
I have traveled 'cross this country from the east coast to the west Through the prairies to the Rockies where the eagle makes its nest It's a land of many cultures who have settled far and wide And now call themselves Canadians and say the word with pride
So I've come to the conclusion that we share a common soul But it's not our vast geography and not that famous goal It's a simple cup of coffee and a pastry with a hole It's the power of Tim Hortons that has kept our nation whole
Chorus So let's roll boys roll, stand in line to get your coffee And let's roll boys roll, and some Timbits* dipped in toffee (* donuts, crullers, fritters, Timbits) And let's roll boys roll, rolling onward t'ward the rim You can't get more Canadian than good old Uncle Tim
There are Timmy's in the U.S. to compete with Krispy Kreme One in Dublin and in London where you might just spot the Queen There's a Timmy's in Afghanistan to show our troops we care But there isn't one in Wawa* so don't bother stopping there (* there is one there now)
There's a Timmy's in Val Cartier and another in Prince George One in Lunenburg and Brandon and Elora by the gorge Seems there's one on every corner in most towns across this land But you just can't beat a nice fresh cup of Timmy's by the Grand (note: refers to the Grand River)
Most of us get quite impatient when there's traffic on the road And we're quick to count the seconds if a file is slow to load We might only cast a hasty glance if something needs a look But we'll stand in line at Timmy's long enough to read a book
Rumour has it we're addicted to the coffee Timmy's serves Seems they use a secret additive that works upon the nerves When you start to get a craving and your face begins to twitch Then it's time to take a coffee break and score another fix
If you really need a pick-me-up then you can extra-large it If you haven't got the pocket change they'll even let you charge it Canadians all pride themselves in health care that is free So we really need a Tim's plan for our coffee and our tea
Now it could be said that Starbucks gets more flavour from their bean And a single can of Red Bull will provide you more caffeine But there's more to drinking Timmy's than the coffee that they brew For Canadians it's just the patriotic thing to do
Now it's true that Tim's was bought out by a food chain we won't name But the country makes no difference cause the stores are still the same Didn't Shatner, Reeves, and Myers make their fortunes in LA But we still say they're Canadians like Timmy's is today
Now we exercise our right to Tim's with families, teams, and chums And three weeks a year at roll up time we exercise our thumbs Tim's is part of our identity, the true north strong and free While we stand on guard for Canada we stand in line for thee
Chorus Oh you can't get more Canadian than good old Uncle Tim