Secord in Song: Tanglefoot

Tanglefoot - Secord's Warning (2004)

In 2004, Joe Grant and Steve Ritchie, members of the popular Canadian folk ensemble Tanglefoot, wrote a memorable original song about Laura Secord which has become the unofficial walking anthem for the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Songwriter Joe Grant emailed the President of the Friends of Laura Secord, Caroline McCormick, and encouraged her to get people to learn the song. Here's an enjoyable video tutorial... learn it well, and sing it out heartily as you walk into history, wherever you are!



 
 

SECORD'S WARNING

Tanglefoot

Lyrics and Music: Joe Grant and Steve Ritchie
From the album 'Music in the Woods' – Borealis Records


Come all you brave young soldier lads
With your strong and manly bearing
I'll tell you a tale of a woman bold and her deed of honest daring
Laura Secord was American-born in the state of Massachusets
But she made her home in Canada and proved so faithful to us

Chorus:


There's American guns and 500 men
So the warning must be given
And Laura Ingersoll Secord was the stalwart heart
Who braved the heat and the flies and the swamp
To warn Colonel Fitzgibbon

There's soldiers pounding at the door
And they come from across the border
American officers march inside
It's food and drink they've ordered

In comfort they have dined and drunk
Their own success they've toasted
But they pay no heed to the woman who hears their plan so idly boasted

Oh, James I've overheard it all
A surprise attack they're making
Fitzgibbon they intend to smash
His men for prisoners taking

And James a warning never you'll take with your wounded knee and shoulder
I myself must carry it past the sentries and the soldiers

It's an all-day tramp to the British camp
By way of Shipman's Corners

There're snakes and flies and sweat in her eyes
There is no respite for her
She's lost her shoes in the muck of the bog
Her feet are torn and blistered

But there's many a soldier lad to be spared if the message be delivered

So all you Yankee soldier lads who dare to cross our border
Thinking to save us from ourselves
Usurping British order

There's women and men Canadians all
Of every rank and station
To stand on guard and keep us free
From Yankee domination!