You might’ve heard that there’s a milestone birthday coming on July 1. Yes indeed, Canada is celebrating the big 150, though she doesn’t look a year over 145!
Canada is officially a century and a half old (though of course she was home to people for centuries and centuries before that), and what better way to mark this momentous occasion than by sharing one of the nation’s most famous children’s songs from one of our most beloved troubadours?
If you grew up in Canada in the 1980’s or 1990’s, there’s a good chance that you are familiar with this classic song about a happy baby whale. If not, prepare yourself for a wonderful ear-worm – this tune will be in your head all day!
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you:
Baby beluga in the deep blue sea
Swim so wild and you swim so free
Heaven above and the sea below
And a little white whale on the go
Singer-songwriter Raffi is truly a Canadian national treasure. Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he immigrated to Toronto with his family as a child, and started his musical career in the 1970s. His songs have delighted and entertained generations of Canadian children, with such memorable songs as Baby Belgua, Down By the Bay and Bananaphone. He has since become a passionate advocate for the environment and for children’s rights – the ultimate Canadian!
Just as aside, I used to have Bananaphone as my cell phone ring…those were good times.
Baby Beluga was inspired by a baby beluga Raffi saw at the Vancouver Aquarium, so I’m claiming this one as a hometown hit.
Happy Friday, everyone, and an early happy birthday to my beloved home country! Looking good, Canada!