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July 23, 2001

Photo of Al Legree

The following poem was written by Al Legree, from Whitehorse, Yukon. Al has lived in the Yukon since 1967. He came up to work as a cat operator on the Alaska Highway and also worked as head blaster with the Faro mine. He is a talented musician who plays a wide variety of instruments, including the violin and accordian. Al often plays at Yukon Learn events. This song/poem was inspired by another old poem called "My Home by the Fraser".

My Home by the Yukon River

by Al Legree

My home by the Yukon keeps calling to me.
Calling to come back, to come back where I long to be.
My heart keeps on asking why don't I return
To my home by the Yukon on that bright peaceful shore.
No other place could be so quiet yet so free.
Than along the winding Yukon River shore.
A breeze blowing softly makes music through the trees
And all seems to bring me a song from nature so free.
No dreamland or heaven could ever be more
Than my home by the Yukon on that bright peaceful shore.
When God up above made this land He cast His Love
All along the winding Yukon River shore.
The mountains, the tree tops that linger to and fro,
And above all a song of beauty from nature so free.
My heart keeps on asking why don't I return
To my home by the Yukon on that bright peaceful turn.
No other place could be so quiet yet so free.
Than along the winding Yukon River shore.
A breeze blowing softly brings music to my ears.
And all seems to bring me a song from nature so free.
No dreamland or heaven could ever be more
Than my home by the Yukon on that bright peaceful shore.
When God from up above made this land He cast His love
All along the winding Yukon River shore.
The mountains, the treetops that no one will ever know.
A cabin by the stream and above all, a beautiful dream.
No dreamland or heaven can ever be more
Than my home by the Yukon on that bright peaceful shore.

[This story was taken with permission, from Learner to Learner, October 2000, published by Yukon Learn]

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