The Key of Eh?

The Illustrated Canadian Songbook
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The Key of Eh?
it's such a vast country. Is there anything we have in common? Well, yes. Yes
there is - and to celebrate it, we'd like to do a song in the Canadian key: the key
of Eh.

After saying something
Americans say: "huh?"
And in France you'll hear them say
"nest-ce pas?"
Teenagers, okay? Make a statement, okay?
And then they go: "okay?"
But in Canada, every thought
Is followed with an "Eh?"

This "Eh?" we utter
Where does it come from?
It's not 'A' as in Vitamin
Or as in Atom Bomb

It doesn't indicate the grade
For which students sweat
In fact it has nothing to do
With the alphabet

But it separates the we from the they
From Vancouver to St. John's to Hudson's Bay
You can drink a Coke or drive a Chevrolet
But you're Canadian if you say: "Eh."

It's a verbal indiscretion
An involuntary yelp
It's more than just an 'Eh'
It's a cry for help

We always add an "eh"
When we have a point to make
To check that you're still listening
Or indeed are still awake

Why do we always put an "Eh?"
At the end of everything we say
It's a law we all seem to obey
And when we do it we give ourselves away
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