Miss Emily pens song for Humboldt: "As you lace up your skates today, you carry on a light"

Emily Fennell (Miss Emily), who has a recent CD In Between, was inspired to pen a song after the Humboldt Broncos bus accident. In Between also features the work of Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair from The Tragically Hip.

Miss Emily has written a song for the Humboldt Broncos that she hopes will help heal hurting hearts.

I’ve known Emily Fennell for more than a decade. She’s a singer-songwriter-performer in my hometown of Kingston, Ont. (One of my favourite Emily memories was watching her win a local rock band competition, owning the stage while very pregnant with her daughter, who’s now a small adult herself.)

Miss Emily posted the song lyrics, hoping it may provide comfort for those struggling.

“When I feel extreme emotion, I write songs. I don’t often share them out of the gate, but the one I wrote tonight brought me some comfort. So here it is, just in case it can do the same for you,” she wrote.

Miss Emily has penned a song of strength for those looking for solace after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Miss Emily has penned a song of strength for those looking for solace after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Photo by Jon Nicholls

Emily told me that in the coming weeks, she’ll likely to record the song. Right now, the Humboldt Broncos tragedy is too raw. With her raspy rock/soul sound, the ode will be a beautiful tribute.

“I will likely record it sometime in the next month or two when the schedule settles down. Hopefully, by then, I’ll be able to get through it without bawling.”

As you lace up your skates today
You carry on a light of sorts
For all the players of the game 
That once wore colours green and gold

The details of the tragic day 
Are not what holds importance here
We know not why, we cannot ask
For answers are not clear

But on that day we learned how much 
Our beloved game holds ties that bind
And threads our dear communities 
In ways we struggle to define

The jerseys worn at weekly games
The booster club, the anthems sung,
The cowbells and the airhorns loud
The friends and neighbours gathered round

It isn’t church, but somehow still
We gather with this common thread
Rejoice in wins and bear each loss
Together hold it sacred

The players of the hometown team
Are heroes of the town parade 
They sign the sticks of younger kids
They represent our local way

And that is why we all fell down
When headlines spread across the land
The local rinks we gather round 
They symbolize more than a game

The tragic loss of human lives 
Will surely not be understood 
And when these souls exemplify our towns,
Our common heart breaks too

So, as you lace up your skates today
Or go cheer on your local team
Take a moment for our Humboldt friends
Our teams bind our communities. 

Fifteen people were killed and 14 injured when the Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi truck on Friday night on a highway north of Tisdale, Sask. Experts say the Humboldt investigation will be a long process.

Tomorrow (Wed. April 11), the Calgary Police Service is holding an evening information session – the Humboldt Community Forum – for anyone affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy.

One of the injured players is Broncos defenceman Ryan Straschnitzki. His hometown of Airdrie is rallying around the 18-year-old to raise money for his rehabilitation after his seven-hour back surgery. His family says he is paralyzed from the waist down, but already has hope that he can be on the Canadian men’s Olympic sledge hockey team. 

Ryan’s friend Cody Thompson is selling #StrazStrong hats for $30. Money raised will go to Ryan’s family. To order a hat or more information, listen to our interview with Cody here.

I ordered a hat for my son. – Sarah 

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