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Its Not Too Late To Be Hip







This song is about regular people


caught up in their daily routines


which may constrict their life choices.



The second verse reflects how


many women are constricted by outmoded sexist tropes.

It's Not Too Late To Be
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This song was recorded with my usual


Friday Night Speakeasy version of

The FatBand in Edmonton

(It was "bring yer own booze"

until the cops shut us down).

The next year, when I went to Vancouver


to record my vinyl LP

I'm Talkin' To You,


Produced by Claire Lawrence,


I used the studio musicians at


Pinewood Studios.

The night before the vocal sessions,


in my hotel room, I suddenly thought


to myself that the reference to being Hip


dated the song, so I quickly rewrote


the lyrics of the chorus to


record the track as

Are You Prepared For Your Past?

arguably a weaker hook line.

Wouldn't you know it?!

The year after that was when


The Tragically Hip

started recording their first hits!

As a result,


I've always regretted my hasty

hotel room decision,


& still prefer the Original Title.

Ian Birse on Slide Guitar, 

Pat Braden on Bass,

Rick Jenne on Drums,

Hal on Keyboards


Ernesto on Percussion, &

The Jenne Sisters on Backup Vocals

If you REALLY like this song, please send Ross a couple of bucks to help fund his next album of Original Music, where your name will be included in the Credits, and you will become a Member of his

 Thanks a lot!

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