Alberta Sunshine

Alberta Sunshine
woke up one morning
decided she was gone
she looked around her empty room
welfare took her son

the city was hard and bitter
so much like her heart
she’d move to Saskatchewan
make a brand new start

first she’d have that last beer
she hid beside the bed
memory of her children gone
it made her wish that she was dead
the beer went down so smoothly
though it was flat and warm

she knew she’d need another one
to keep herself in form
struggled to her liquor store
she’d make it through the day
she begged for 20 minutes or more
many said go away

her clothes were old and dirty
but she still felt young inside
she remembered her long gone childhood
the pony she used to ride

remembered sage and sweetgrass
smudging Kokhum’s shack
she’d remembered Summer’s beautiful smile
would she ever get her back
and miles and years did their duty
on her life and on her face, but

the alcohol and the heroin
could not steal her grace

the alcohol and the heroin
could not steal her grace

I went the other day to visit a friend
a few miles up the road
she was a kid you’d always defend
she’d help you carry your load
as I passed the trees to the graveyard
where I knew she was waiting for me

you see, the alcohol and the heroin never set her free
the alcohol and the heroin could not set her free

she came home to the reserve that day
she’s living in this song
memories of the Vancouver breeze were waitin’ all along
she never escaped the harsh mean streets
but she finally did come home

you see, the alcohol and the heroin claimed another soul
the alcohol and the heroin claimed Alberta’s soul

Alberta Sunshine woke up one morning
decided she was gone