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5 Art Pieces That Beautifully Capture Gord Downie's Lyrics

His words will live on.

10/19/2017 14:07 EDT | Updated 10/19/2017 14:07 EDT
Etsy/Groundwater Words

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie's music is part of Canada's tapestry.

His lyrics evoke scenes from Algonquin Park, Kawartha Lakes, the prairies, and iconic moments in Canada's history, such as the 1972 Canada-Soviet Hockey Series.

Downie, 53, died Tuesday night of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Tributes poured in as Canadians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reeled from the loss. But Downie's famous lyrics will continue to live on in many ways, including art.

Here are five art pieces that capture Downie's lyrics:

1. "It was in Bobcaygeon, I saw the constellations..."

Etsy/MarkSerranoShop

This piece, from MarkSerranoShop on Etsy, displays the lyrics from "Bobcaygeon," from The Tragically Hip's 1998 album "Phantom Power."

2. "No dress rehearsal, this is our life..."

Etsy/GroundwaterWords

This piece, by Etsy seller GroundwaterWords, immortalizes The Tragically Hip's 1996 song "Ahead by a Century." This was the band's highest-charting single ever, according to Rolling Stone.

3. "New Orleans is sinking man, and I don't wanna swim..."

Etsy/RustedNailDesign

Etsy seller RustedNailDesign immortalizes Downie's "New Orleans is Sinking" in this piece. The 1989 song, from the album "Up to Here," is one of the band's most iconic.

4. "Wheat kings and pretty things..."

Etsy/Katharas

"Wheat Kings," a fan favourite, is captured in this piece by Etsy's Katharas. The 1992 song recounts the sad case of David Milgaard, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years.

5. "Courage, it couldn't come at a worse time..."

Etsy/ImagineAvalon

The Tragically Hip's 1992 hit "Courage" is depicted in this piece by Etsy's ImagineAvalon. The best part? Five dollars from every purchase will be donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, ImagineAvalon writes on the listing.

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