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“This Is My Prairie”: Corb Lund and the Albertan Fossil Fuel Energy Debate

“This Is My Prairie”: Corb Lund and the Albertan Fossil Fuel Energy Debate JADA WATSo N “This is m y prairie”: Corb l und and the Albertan Fossil Fuel e nergy Debate At the 2010 awards ceremony of the Canadian Country music Asso- ciation, alt- country artist Corb l und closed the evening’s show with a stirring rendition of “This is my prairie” (2009), a song that addresses the impact of Alberta’s ever- expanding energy industry on small and family-owned ranching operations. inspired by his mother ’s fight to keep coal bed methane projects from drilling into their family’s ranch in the foothills of southern Alberta, l und’s song relays a young man’s struggle to defend his family’s ranch from development and boldly warns the fossil fuel industry that he will protect his homeland at all costs: This is my prairie, this is my home i’ll make my stand here and i’ll die alone They can drill, they can mine o’er my smouldering bones Cuz this is my prairie, this is my home. The Canadian Country m usic Association (CCm A) is a national organi- zation that supports and promotes Canadian country music in a manner similar to the Country music Association (CmA) in the u nited States. u nlike the Cm http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

“This Is My Prairie”: Corb Lund and the Albertan Fossil Fuel Energy Debate

American Music , Volume 34 (1) – May 27, 2016

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1945-2349

Abstract

JADA WATSo N “This is m y prairie”: Corb l und and the Albertan Fossil Fuel e nergy Debate At the 2010 awards ceremony of the Canadian Country music Asso- ciation, alt- country artist Corb l und closed the evening’s show with a stirring rendition of “This is my prairie” (2009), a song that addresses the impact of Alberta’s ever- expanding energy industry on small and family-owned ranching operations. inspired by his mother ’s fight to keep coal bed methane projects from drilling into their family’s ranch in the foothills of southern Alberta, l und’s song relays a young man’s struggle to defend his family’s ranch from development and boldly warns the fossil fuel industry that he will protect his homeland at all costs: This is my prairie, this is my home i’ll make my stand here and i’ll die alone They can drill, they can mine o’er my smouldering bones Cuz this is my prairie, this is my home. The Canadian Country m usic Association (CCm A) is a national organi- zation that supports and promotes Canadian country music in a manner similar to the Country music Association (CmA) in the u nited States. u nlike the Cm

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: May 27, 2016

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