Ahead by a Century

The Tragically Hip

About Ahead by a Century

"Ahead by a Century" is the first single from The Tragically Hip's fifth studio album, Trouble at the Henhouse. The song reached number one on Canada's singles chart, and was nominated for "Best Single" at the 1997 Juno Awards. It is the band's most successful single in their native Canada. The song was certified platinum in Canada in 2016. The song was the final one performed by the band at their final concert on August 20, 2016. CBC Television used the song for their highlight montage to close their coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics. It subsequently was also used for the opening titles of the 2017 CBC/Netflix series Anne. On October 18, 2017, the day Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie's death was announced, "Ahead by a Century" was the single most played song on Canadian radio. 


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1996
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First thing we'd climb a tree
And maybe then we'd talk
Or sit silently
And listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday
Cast in a golden light
No dress rehearsal
This is our life

And that's where the hornet stung me
And I had a feverish dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoke them out

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century

Stare in the morning shroud
And then the day began
I tilted your cloud
You tilted my hand
Rain falls in real time
And rain fell through the night
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

But that's when the hornet stung me
And I had a serious dream
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoked them out

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century

You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
You are ahead by a century
And disappointing you is gettin' me down

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The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, was a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, that was active between 1983 and 2016. The band was made up of Gordon Downie [1964-2017] (lead vocals and guitar), Paul Langlois (guitar), Rob Baker (guitar, known as Bobby Baker until 1994), Gord Sinclair (bass) and Johnny Fay (drums). The band released 12 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 54 singles. Nine of their albums reached No. 1 in Canada. They received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 16 Juno Awards. The band's final album and tour were in 2016, following Downie being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December, 2015. more »

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Written by: Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Joseph Paul Langlois, Robert Baker, Robert Gordon Sinclair

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