The Qu'Appelle Valley

by B.D. Willoughby (with Black Drink Crier)

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In "The Legend of Qu'Appelle Valley" (a poem written by E. Pauline Johnson) a young First Nations man, upon returning from a hunting trip, hears a voice. He replies 'Qu'Appelle?' or 'who calls?' but receives no answer. When he does return, he discovers the young woman he was to marry died suddenly and with her dying breath cried out his name. From this legend, the Qu'Appelle Valley received its name. Some believe that the voice of the young woman continues to echo through the valley hills.


The Qu’Appelle Valley (with Black Drink Crier)

Two Young Lovers by the Edge of the Water,
Pledged a Love That Would Never Die.
She Waves to Him as He Paddles Down the River,
Not Knowing This Would Be Their Last Goodbye.

Remember When He Called to You?
Remember When He Answered You?
Now It’s Just Echoes Out Over the Water

And Every Song’s Another Heart Broken,
Another Love Gone Up In Flame.
And Every Song’s Got a Heart of It’s Own,
Calling Out a Long-Lost Lover’s Name.

Remember When He Sang to You?
Remember When the Words Were True?
Now They’re Just Marks On the Page

A Man Stands Waiting In the Valley,
He’s Been Waiting For All His Life.
Waiting For the Call, To Come Across the Water,
Waiting For a Good Woman To Make His Wife.

Can You Hear Her Calling You?
Could This Be a Love True?
A Man Stands Waiting in the Qu’Appelle Valley.


released April 1, 2016
Vocals: B.D. Willoughby
Lead Guitar: B.D. Willoughby
Rhythm Guitar: Cam Wensel
Slide guitar: Judd Stachoski
Bass: Phil LeGrand
Drums: Nat Bowen
Keyboards: Steve ‘The Hat’ Jeske



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