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9 Times The Tragically Hip Meant More To Canadians Than Just Music

"That last verse still keeps me going when things get tough."

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1. "That song always makes me smile and remember her, and how far I came to get to where I am today."

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"Courage," Fully Completely

"When I was 19, I was involved in a terrible car accident. A friend of mine died in my arms. At her funeral, her mom shared how 'Courage' by The Tragically Hip was her favourite song. I went through several years of PTSD, depression, eating disorders and survivor guilt. That song always makes me smile, and remember her, and how far I came to get to where I am today."

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2. "Whenever I hear it I'm taken back to my high school gym back in 2002."

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"Bobcaygeon," Phantom Power

"When I was younger I always dreamt about being able to sing and perform live

on stage, however I just didn't seem to have the chops for anything I tried. At my high school graduation I was given the opportunity to perform and I chose 'Bobcaygeon.'

The response was great, and that moment gave me the confidence to pursue music and find my niche. 13 years later and I'm performing live music, (mostly hip hop, funnily enough), however it all can be traced back to that one night, that one song by the Hip. Whenever I hear it I'm taken back to my high school gym back in 2002."

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3. "It'll always be a song that makes me think of my dad."

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"Grace, Too," Day For Night

"'Grace, Too' is one that holds a special place in my heart, not because of my name (though that's an added bonus) but because it's a song that my dad plays at least once during every roadtrip and most car rides without fail. It'll always be a song that makes me think of my dad."

— Grace McGray, Facebook

4. "I've repeated these words so many times — every time it feels like life is trying to drag me down."

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"It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken," In Violet Light

"It wasn't one of their major hits but the title says it all. I've repeated these words so many times; every time it feels like life is trying to drag me down. This song reminds me of what's important and how to not let the useless distractions get in the way. There's always something to be enjoyed."

— Ashley Smith, Facebook

5. "When we hit the line, 'I lose, things change, but never in your eyes', it is exactly the right amount of nostalgia."

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"In View," World Container

"My sister and I were young teens when World Container was released, and our music taste was starting to shift away from 'whatever our parents were listening to' toward stuff that was more likely to create tension on long drives out of the city. Still, we could put The Hip on in the car and everyone would be alright with that, at least for a while.

When 'In View' would come on (track 3, after 'Lonely End of the Rink'), everyone was ready to sing along with Gord, trying to match his vocal runs while staring out the window at the Southern Ontario landscape, or smiling at each other. We still play that album in the car when we drive places as a family, and we still sing along out loud.

It's been about ten years that we've been doing this together, and tons of things have changed since we first bought the CD. Where we're going is different, Ontario is different, and so are we, but when we hit the line, 'I lose, things change, but never in your eyes', it is exactly the right amount of nostalgia."

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6. "It still gives me chills to this day."

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"Nautical Disaster," Day for Night

"I have a hard time choosing an absolute favourite, but 'Nautical Disaster' has always been one of my favourites. I've always liked the Hip but had never bought an album until Day for Night came out, and 'Nautical Disaster' jumped out at me from that first spin. It still gives me chills to this day."

— Colin Janssen, Facebook

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7. "I've probably listened to that song a million times."

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"38 Years Old," Up to Here

"My best friend gave me Yer Favorites as a Christmas present last year, never had listened to them before (I'm from Michigan) but I've probably listened to that song a million times. Beautiful voice, beautiful music, beautiful band. Thoughts and prayers with Gord."

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8. "[It] makes me feel real hope, and the courage of accepting what has already happened."

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"Wheat Kings," Fully Completely

"[It] brings back a specific memory. Makes me feel real hope, and the courage of accepting what has already happened. Beautiful song with a beautiful message.

'You can't be fond of living in the past, 'cause if you are then there's no way that you're going to last.'

'Let's just see what tomorrow brings'."

— Eugenia Teo, Facebook

9. "That last verse still keeps me going when things get tough."

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"The Depression Suite," We Are The Same

"There was a point in my life where I was in a very dark place. It's hard to understand what 'suicidal thoughts' are until you've really experienced them, and I certainly did for over a year. There were a few things I could count to make me want to keep going. One thing that really kept my head up was 'The Depression Suite' from We Are The Same.

I might not know what he was thinking when he wrote those lyrics, but in them I heard everything I was feeling. That last verse still keeps me going when things get tough. 'Don't you want to see how it ends? When the door is just starting to open?'

Thanks, Gord."

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