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L'Etoile Du Nord

Words & Music by Charlie Maguire © Mello-Jamin Music. All rights reserved.

The title translated is the Minnesota state motto: "Star of the North". Whether you live in Minnesota or are just far from home in Oxford, England like a very special family member, this song may bring you right back with the people you miss.

Play Sample

  G                    B7             Em
The stories of "Mitakuyapi," Dakota legacy
                C  D7
Day to day were spoken
G                                 B7                   Em
The stories, rippled on lakes so blue, by the Montreal canoe
                      C D7
Were felt across the ocean


G                     E              Am
"L'Etoile Du Nord," shining out so bright
D7                   G     E               Am
A guiding star at night, "The Star of the North"
G                    E              Am
"L'Etoile Du Nord" where the river runs
D7                  G        E            Am-D7
The fire and the drums, are here forever more
"L'Etoile Du Nord"

Additional Verses:

The stories, of the wagon wheel, those trains on rails of steel
Spoke of dust and thunder
The stories, real as a walls of stone, born of flesh and bone
Red, Black, Yellow, White, all colors (refrain)

The stories, passed from voice to hand
In this Minnesota land, of spirit and devotion
The stories, the Anishinabe told, so many years ago
Continue here unbroken (refrain)

Previous Songs: I Like It Here/O Cold and Misery * Darling * Fine Old Lady * The Teton Dam * The Hinkley Fire * Goodnight Baby * The B. C. Rail * Play Us a Waltz * Ozawindib * Long Way to Another Friend * Itasca: A Place of Beginnings * I'm From Minnesota * The Ballad of Augie Mattsen * The Strike Is On * Sam Smith * Mary Gibbs * The C.C.C. * Interstate of Broken Hearts * Fall Is Here * Rainfall Has Turned to Snow * Winter on the Farm * Getting in the Cows * Gypsy Woody * We'd Go To Town (And Go Dancing) * Talking Home Improvement * Towboat

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