Country singer, rancher and Canadian music legend Ian Tyson is being honoured in Calgary – the lyrics from his tune "Land of Shining Mountains" has been engraved onto the wall of a downtown train wall.
The artwork can be found along the downtown route for the C-Train at the corner of 7th Avenue and 9th Street S.W. According to The Canadian Press, the stylized grey writing on a grey wall reads:
In the land of the long roads
High, lonesome prairies
Dreamin' of the springtime
First crocus in the snow
Coffee in a go-cup
He's headed for the oil rig
Land of shining mountains
Big Alberta sky
"This is a wonderful thing for me and it's so cool to see that back there. I'm trying to remember when I wrote the song and I couldn't possibly imagine it was going to be set in the way that it has been," Tyson said Wednesday to the CP. "It's even in my handwriting. I can't believe it… No it can't be. The spelling is all correct. I never could spell."
He continued, "The lyrics? They're special… They're about Alberta. The song was not written for this project. It's a contemporary song about Alberta today."
Tyson, who just released his 14th album called "Raven Singer," has been performing for an incredible six decades. He got his start after an injury as a rodeo hand in his 20s put him on bedrest, which is where he first picked up and started strumming a guitar. Today he is one of the country's most beloved home-grown musicians. He is also a published author.