This seems as good a time as any to put up a song whose meaning I do know, and know well, to partner yesterday’s song, whose meaning I have no clue about, as I said. Turning Of The Tide is about my family on the day Canada declared war on Germany in September, 1939. My Dad and my uncles all went down to the recruiting office that very day and signed up. They came home to my grandparent’s place full of the high spirits young men often experience when they decide to go to war, proving that sometimes testosterone really is madness-inducing
What no one in the family expected was that my Mum would say: “That’s the craziest thing that I have ever heard/And I will not be stayin’ up here.” “Up here” was Timmins/South Porcupine, Ontario, where they’d all moved a few years before because that was one of the only places in the country where there were lots of jobs during the Great Depression. Trouble was, the jobs were all in the mines, at that time some of the hardest-assed jobs on earth.
My Mum was true to her word. She signed up with the WRENS and served for 6 years in Halifax training other young women. They were amongst the first women to join the Canadian armed forces. My Dad and 5 uncles from both sides of the family served the full 6 as well overseas.
Players were: Dale Robert Bishop on a Strat; Bruce Cameron on drums; Peter McFarlane on bass and Brian Nash on acoustic guitar and backing vocals.