Song Lyric Sunday – Canadian Music – Anne Murray

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs by Canadian artists for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

Morna Anne Murray, known as Anne Murray was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on June 20, 1945. Her songs covered several genres to include country, soft rock, pop and adult contemporary. During her 40 year career, she has sold over 55 million albums worldwide.

Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach number 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for her signature song, “Snowbird” in 1970. She is considered to be one of the female Canadian artists who paved the way for other Canadian artists such as k.d. lang, CΓ©line Dion & Shania Twain. Murray is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album “A Little Good News”. I think we could all use a little good news right about now.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 4 Grammys
  • 24 Junos (record)
  • 3 American Music Awards
  • 3 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards
  • 3 Canadian Country Music Association Awards
  • Inducted into Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, TN
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, CA and on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto
  • Ranked #10 by Billboard of the 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artist Ever in 2011

SONG FACTS – “Snowbird”

  • Written by Gene MacLellan and sung by many artists such as Bing Crosby, Lynn Anderson & Elvis Presley.
  • Released in June, 1970 by Murray.
  • Reached #2 on Canada’s pop chart
  • Reached #1 on both the Canadian adult contemporary & country charts.
  • Reached #8 on the U.S. pop single chart and became a Top 10 U.S. country hit.
  • Spent six weeks at #1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart.
  • This has become Murray’s signature song.

“Snowbird”

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
For its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers
That will bloom again in spring
When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me
That's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life's
The thing thing that I can't win
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you
The breeze along the river seems to say
That he'll only break me heart again
Should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you
When you go
To that land of gentle breezes
Where the peaceful waters flow
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Gene Mac Lellan
Snowbird lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
2003

SONG FACTS – “Could I Have This Dance”

  • Written by Wayland Holyfield and Bob House.
  • Released in August, 1980.
  • Reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks, Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks & The U.S. Hot Country Songs.
  • Reached #3 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Billboard chart & #33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
  • Reached #8 on the U.S. pop single chart and became a Top 10 U.S. country hit.
  • As a single, it became Murray’s fifth number one country hit as a solo artist.
  • Quite popular at weddings during the 1980’s and many a proposal was made with this song playing in the background.

“Could I Have This Dance”

I'll always remember the song they were playin'
The first time we danced and I knew
As we swayed to the music and held to each other
I fell in love with you
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
I'll always remember that magic moment
When I held you close to me
As we moved together, I knew forever
You're all I'll ever need
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we're together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bob House / Wayland Holyfield
Could I Have This Dance lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

47 Comments on “Song Lyric Sunday – Canadian Music – Anne Murray

    • Thanks Jim! I kinda didn’t think anyone would select her, but Di did and that is okay with me. Anne Murray was one of favorites in the 80’s as I switched from one genre to another. Kinda all over the place with my music. Then and Now! πŸ™‚

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  1. “Snowbird” was released as the B side of a single in June of 1970 (not 1979). It was on a Canadian album a year earlier. As Anne Murray has said, an American dj flipped the 45 over and “Snowbird hit the charts. Anne’s voice is like maple syrup: sweet, yes, but always with a hint of melancholy.

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    • Thank you for pointing out my typo. I had 1970 in my beginning paragraphs and simply made a typo in the song facts. She has always been a favorite. 😊

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  2. I can remember a time when Anne Murray was #1 and practically a symbol of Canada. I’m glad someone chose her. She’s an Iconic Canadian Musician. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ’œ

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    • Thanks Goldie! She was a trend setter and paved the way for others. Happy Birthday my friend! I saw the Jays spanked the Yankees last night! Hope you get a wonderful birthday present when they beat them tonight! Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

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