Sleeping Sickness – City and Colour featuring Gordon Downie


Makena Imthorn, A&E

One of the most Canadian duets ever recorded was produced in the winter of 2008. Gordon Downie, from the famous Tragically Hip, got together with Dallas Green and his band, City and Colour. Green and Downie’s bands are both known to produce many Canadian classics, and their bands could also be considered as such.

The song “Sleeping Sickness” was popular from the moment it was first heard on the radio. From Cape Columbia to Middle Island, this piece of music and its creators are still enjoyed by many. Although some are not considered fans, or have maybe never even heard the tune, personally, it is worth a small four-minutes-and-ten-seconds of your time. The lyrics, if you are a fan of writing or good music, are like a wonderful piece of poetry that you cannot wait to read again and again. This is a piece that is suitably hung on display like a drawing or painting that Sally brought home from Kindergarten. Green ends the acoustic intro with these opening lines, “I awoke, only to find my lungs empty/And through the night, so it seems I’m not breathing/And now my dreams, are nothing like they were meant to be/And I’m breaking down, I think I’m breaking down.”

In the third verse, Downie sings, “I’ve become, a simple souvenir of someone’s kill/Like the sea, I’m constantly changing from calm to ill/Madness fills my heart and soul as if the Great divide could swallow me whole, oh how I’m breaking down.”

The bands’ reputation and credibility provide enough for anyone to trust that they aren’t wasting their time listening. This song is just another example of the art these musicians produce. In this case, the song speaks for itself.

Sadly, Gordon Downie passed away on October 17, 2017 at age 53 from a terminal brain tumor. Though, his emotions can and will still be captured forever in his music.