There are more than 300 recorded covers of this great anthem. Here in 2006, at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, may be the best of them. kd is in pure and perfect form, her phrasing and intonation [4:58!], her utter immersion, are perhaps unmatched in this work. It could not have hurt that she was addressing it directly to the song’s creator, there in the front row.
PS: had we succeeded in saving the Pantages Theatre in Vancouver, kd had agreed to sing this on Opening Night.