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Ahead By A Century
The Tragically Hip Lyrics


First thing we'd climb a tree
And maybe then we'd talk
Or sit silently
And listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday
Cast in a golden light
No dress rehearsal
This is our life

And that's where the hornet stung me
And I had a feverish dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoke them out

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century

Stare in the morning shroud
And then the day began
I tilted your cloud
You tilted my hand
Rain falls in real time
And rain fell through the night
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

But that's when the hornet stung me
And I had a serious dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoked them out

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
And disappointing you is gettin' me down

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Joseph Paul Langlois, Robert Baker, Robert Gordon Sinclair

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Angelina Kontini

I just watched the final episode of "Anne with an E".
The series is extremely brilliant, inspired and mesmerizing. The photography is very artistic, the screenplay is so brilliant that I would like to shake the hands of whoever wrote it.
The series began with a beautiful story that unfolded into an epos. It is the story of a very brave and special young girl, an orphan that was bullied but managed to overcome extreme challenges through her love for language, her dreamy nature and the brave visions she had of herself. It is an ode to the weird, the weak, the unfortunate that finally overcome and triumph.


So eloquent, so elegant, so elating.


I will not go into details because I don't want to spoil the series for anyone. I hope there will be a season four.


The final episode made me go through all possible and different kinds of devastating, desperate, elevating, romantic and ecstatic emotions that a human being can have.
"Anne with and E" is a work of art. A true masterpiece. From screenplay to directing, to acting.


Unfortunately, I just found out that the show was cancelled. That is often the fate of qualitative works in the superficial world that we live in. Everything depends on bucks.


I can only thank the authors who did fulfil all the promises the show made, they gave the audience closure and what a closure it was!



Djael Martins

First thing we'd climb a tree
And maybe then we'd talk
Or sit silently
And listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday
Cast in a golden light
No dress rehearsal
This is our life

And that's where the hornet stung me
And I had a feverish dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoke them out

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century

Stare in the morning shroud
And then the day began
I tilted your cloud
You tilted my hand
Rain falls in real time
And rain fell through the night
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

But that's when the hornet stung me
And I had a serious dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoked them out

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
And disappointing you is gettin' me down



Daniel Barrera

I really love this song; and I think I get the meaning too.

The beginning verse seems to allude to a simple state of mind: seeing the simple as the beautiful. It captures a feeling of home and the idea that everything is all right and in its right place.

Then, its like something happens. You get stung by some outside source and it shakes you out of that beautiful space. It disrupts the idea that everything would be like it was. At least, until the day that those deleterious forces finally come to an end.

But thats the struggle of life it seems. And anyone who is ahead and can understand that cause or source of those forces that might one day be stopped? Good luck.

You are ahead by a century and you will have to keep fighting and carrying on the flame to the next generation for the beautiful and good in this world. Lord knows those other forces are going to continue until the root is finally cured.



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Mike Webb

I'm from Texas, and I have loved this band from the beginning,.......as far as I'm concerned they are one of the greatest rock bands  not only in Canada,.but the world. Thank you Canada for this band!!

Jake Williams

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MikeWebb

7 years and going strong. Much love from Japan.

Mike Webb

@pj matt Not this american/texan. As far as I,m concerned y'all are blessed.

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R E N Z O

Such a shame CBC and Netflix cancelled "Anne With An E." I've learned so much watching it compared to other crappy teen shows. It took place in the old era yet it tackles most of the issues we face today. I'm still hoping they renew "Anne With An E" someday. Love you, Anne!

Nhật Lệ Hoàng

Love this movie a lots

Francesco TheFrancis

WE WANT ANOTHER SEASON OF "Anne With An E." ❤

Gabriel Rodrigues

O livro é muito melhor. A série, apesar de boa, colocou elementos de lacração que não existem no livro!

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