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The Day Ontario Died.

(To the tune of American Pie by Don McLean)  (Lyrics by Quixotes Last Stand)

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how this province used to make me smile
And I knew if the liars had their chance
That they would make those unions dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a while

But 2014 made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
More scandals on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about that Liberal tide
But something touched me deep inside
The day, Ontario died

We started singin’ bye-bye, to Ontario pride
Went to look for a job, but the listings were dry
And companies were fleeing to the American side
Saying “Hydro rates are way too high”
“Hydro rates are way too high.”

Did you vote for the Liberal gang
And did you sell your soul for the bell they rang?
‘Cause Sid Ryan told you so?
Now do you believe in welfare dole?
Can Wynne save your tortured soul
And can she teach us how to bleed, real slow?

Well we knew the mood would soon turn grim
When they built those turbines on such a whim.
The Liberals kicked off their shoes
To the rural folks they gave the screws.

Now the younger ones couldn’t make a buck
So they moved out west in a pickup truck
And we knew we were out of luck
The day Ontario died

We were singin’ “bye-bye, to Ontario pride”
Drove my Chevy to the levee, where I just stood and cried.
And the OPP are on the criminals side
Saying, “Liberals don’t have to comply.”
“Liberals don’t have to comply.”

For twelve years we’ve been on our own
And the thought of Wynne just makes us groan.
But that’s not how it used to be
When we stood and said “McGuinty come clean.”
With the thoughts of what might have been.
And the voices that came from you and me

Oh, then while we all were looking down
The Liar ran off with his thorny crown
The Legislature was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Wynne reigned over Queen’s Park
Faist left the hard drives without a mark
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the Ontario died

We started singin’ bye-bye, to Ontario pride
Went to look for a job, but the listings were dry
And companies were fleeing to the American side
Saying “We have no choice. It’s all gone awry.”
“We have no choice. It’s all gone awry.”

Helter Skelter in a summer swelter,
The birds flew into a wind propeller
500 feet high and falling fast
They landed dead on the grass
Struggling families had reached an impasse

With Chiarelli on the sidelines, the jackass

Now the election air was sweet perfume
While the province played a hopeful tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

When the taxpayers tried to take the field
The union leaders refused to yield
Do you recall what was the deal
The day Ontario died?

We were singin’ bye-bye, to Ontario pride
Went to look for a job, but the listings were dry
And companies were fleeing to the American side
Saying “We can’t afford to stay, good-bye”
“We can’t afford to stay, good-bye.”

And there we were all in one place
A population lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
‘Cause liberals are the Devil’s only friends

And as I watched her on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day Ontario died

She was singin’ “Bye-bye to Ontario pride
Forget what you once had, it was one hell of a ride.
Did you really believe I would not tell a lie?”
Singin’, this is the day Ontario died.

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just sobbed and turned away

I went down to the corner store
Where I’d heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play

And in the streets, the children screamed
The seniors cried and the poor ones dreamed
From Wynne not a word was spoken
The promises all were broken

And the one thing I admired most
This great province is now a ghost
So we caught the last train for the coast
The day Ontario died

We were singin’ bye-bye to the Ontario sky
We tried to save you, but the Liberals were sly
And union thugs were shoveling lies knee-high
Saying “This is the day democracy dies
“This is the day Ontario dies”

We all were singin’ bye-bye to Ontario pride
We tried to save you but the Liberals were sly
And union thugs were shoveling lies knee-high
Saying, “This is the day democracy died.”


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14 Comments on “The Day Ontario Died.”

  1. Tracy July 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Well done Quixote, well done.

  2. GUY June 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm #


  3. farmer June 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    Where can we here it recorded?

    • Donna Quixote June 19, 2015 at 7:16 am #

      There is a recording of it out there. The words have been changed quite a bit and large chunks of the lyrics are missing. But it was recorded and they did a great job.

    • GUY July 1, 2015 at 7:18 pm #
  4. A Gomes June 19, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Heard this last night on CFRA . This needs to get out there and go viral . Perhaps there is some hope to wake people up in this province.

    • GUY July 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm #
  5. Stu June 26, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    You nailed it. Well done. My only regret… I fear when I now hear or think of Buddy, Don, or American Pie… I’ll be seeing red, Wynne & the ugly mess. Thx for your great creativity & spot-on view.

    • Donna Quixote June 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

      Thanks so much Stu! I cry every time I read those lyrics.

      • Stu June 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

        Hi Donna,
        I’m crying right along with you… crying for our beautiful lost province; and crying for Buddy, the great musician/lyrist he was (much simpler time lyrics-wise😉)… he woulda been a superstar, rather than a legend (hmmm, kinda like Ontario).

        I celebrate Don McLean & the brilliance of his writing in American Pie… one of few songs that has spanned so much time & generations; and I now celebrate the fabulous creativity of this parody rewrite.

        Is it you that’s responsible for the rewrite? I’d love to learn more about the rewrite, and how it came to be. As I recall, you posted it within wks of election14… someone had their tears & juices flowing.

        Do you know how Guy Annable came to recording his version this year. I’d love to know more about that too. It deserves lots of attention & play, but the original writer(s) needs credit & recognition.

        Hoping you can share more here or if preferred, directly to my email.

        In the meantime, that battle goes on,… Trees not turbunes… and so much more.

        Thanks & my best,

      • Donna Quixote June 27, 2015 at 8:34 am #

        Hi Stu,
        Yes, I’m the one responsible for the rewrite. American Pie seemed, at the time, to be the perfect vehicle to express the dismay I felt at knowing how this province had been taken over by greedy, incompetent, uncaring politicians.

        It’s really hard to tell who is the one pulling the strings in this province and who are the lackeys. Unions or the Liberals.

        The blatant hijacking of that provincial election last June by the unions, with their 24/7 attack ads against Hudak, to me, was the very epitome of anti-democracy.

        Wynne stated at the start of her campaign that she would not engage in attack ads. Of course, she knew she didn’t have to, as the unions would more than cover that area for her and they happily obliged, by spending more than the three main parties put together.

        Then when the Ontario Provincial Police joined in with the attacks, at a time when the Liberals were under criminal investigations by them, the magnitude of the corruption involved was screaming to be expressed.

        It was that corruption that brought me to coin the phrase “Ontario is now being run by the perfect crime syndicate trifecta — Liberals, unions and the Ontario Paid-off Police force”. A term I’ve seen repeated in comment sections of various publications.

        I want to revise one of the paragraphs to include the OPP and may do that today.

        Guy has been a loyal follower of Quixotes for a while and we eventually hooked up on Facebook. That’s where he approached me and asked if they could record their version using some of my lyrics.

        Since I don’t have any sort of copyright hold over the idea, I told him to go ahead and that’s how this all came about. I’d love to hear my version recorded in full sometime, but I’m just happy that so many people have come here to read it and send us emails of appreciation and support.

        Hopefully that answers most of your questions, but if you have any more, feel free to ask.


  6. GUY July 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

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