Red Skelton on Oh Canada – similar to his explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance, Red expounds on the Canadian national anthem, Oh Canada
“O Canada”: I see mountains and valleys and rivers and trees; it is truly Mother Nature’s warehouse.
“Our home and native land”: A place where families live with dignity on rich soil that shares food and beauty.
“True patriot”: Patriotism, a pride, a privilege to say, I, me, an individual, a committee of one, and dedicate all my worldly goods, to give without self-pity.
“love in all thy sons command”: That powerful youth that gives all their love and devotion, holding the standard with the Maple Leaf high in the air; for it is a symbol of courage and wherever she waves, she shouts “Freedom is everybody’s job.”
“With glowing hearts we see thee rise”: A warmth that incubates incentive; wisdom that feeds beyond superstition and ignorance.
“the true north strong”: She is that compass needle that points to inspiring reality, and the courage to struggle on, to find a dream and make it come true.
“and free”: That right of power for one to live his own life without fear or stress or any sort of retaliation.
“And stand on guard, O Canada”: Not that we want to flaunt our strength, but to be capable of facing the strongest should that enemy appear.
“We stand on guard for thee”: we protect all doctrines and share thy spirit of logic and reasoning.
“O Canada, glorious and free!”: That means justice, the principle and qualities of dealing fairly with others.
“O Canada, we stand on guard for thee”: So we can stand proud and say to our neighbor, “This is as much my country as it is yours.”