B​.​D. Willoughby (with Black Drink Crier) - The Qu'Appelle Valley

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Based on the Legend of the Qu’Appelle Valley
To read more about the legend and the valley please see:

Trevor Herriot. (2002). “Down to the Qu’Appelle.” In Robert Stacey, Trevor Herriot, and Dan Ring. Qu'Appelle: Tales of Two Valleys. Mendel Art Gallery.

E. Pauline Johnson. The Legend of the Qu’Appelle Valley. Available on-line at: www.canadianpoetry.ca/confederation/johnson/when_george_was_king/the_legend_of_quappelle_valley.htm.

To read more about the Qu’Appelle Valley please see:

Norman Henderson. (2002). Rediscovering the Great Plains: Journey by Dog, Canoe, and Horse. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Trevor Herriott. (2002). River In A Dry Land: A Prairie Passage. MacFarlane, Walter & Ross.

And to understand the spirit of this place please listen to Buffy Sainte-Marie’s song ‘Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan’


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.


from The Qu'Appelle Valley, released April 29, 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 and piano: Steve ‘The Hat’ Jeske



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