Rise Again (The Rankin Family song)

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"Rise Again"
Single by The Rankin Family
from the album North Country
Released 1993
Genre Country, folk
Length 3:47
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Leon Dubinsky
Producer(s) Chad Irschick
The Rankin Family singles chronology
"Gillis Mountain"
"Rise Again"
"North Country"
"Gillis Mountain"
"Rise Again"
"North Country"

"Rise Again" is a song recorded by Canadian music group The Rankin Family. It was released in 1993 as the first single from their third studio album, North Country. It peaked in the top 10 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

The song was written by Leon Dubinsky, a songwriter from Sydney, Nova Scotia, for a 1984 stage musical titled The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton,[1] as an anthem of resilience and hope at a time when Cape Breton Island was going through an economic crisis. According to Dubinsky, the song is about "the cycles of immigration, the economic insecurity of living in Cape Breton, the power of the ocean, the meaning of children, and the strength of home given to us by our families, our friends and our music."[2]

The Rankin Family's rendition, with its lead vocal performed by Raylene Rankin,[3] popularized the song across Canada. As well as the Rankins, the song was also frequently performed in concert by Rita MacNeil,[4] and recorded for her 2001 album Mining the Soul.

Because of the song's uplifting spiritual themes, it has been frequently performed by church choirs in Canada.[1] Because of Dubinsky's Jewish faith, it has also sometimes been performed by Jewish groups at commemorations of the Holocaust.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 12
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6] 4
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 31

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[8] 37


  1. ^ a b c "Discovering Nova Scotia". Reform Judaism Online, Summer 2007.
  2. ^ Larry Haiven, "Cultural Production and Social Cohesion Amid the Decline of Coal and Steel: The Case of Cape Breton Island". In Robert O'Brien, ed., Solidarity First: Canadian Workers and Social Cohesion. University of British Columbia, 2009. ISBN 9780774814409. pp. 106-127.
  3. ^ "Fare thee well, Raylene". Cape Breton Post, September 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rita vocal about all her men". Windsor Star, November 18, 2000.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2284." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 30, 1993. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2285." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 6, 1993. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2303." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 20, 1993. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved October 18, 2013.