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Gordon FREAKING Lightfoot! September 2, 2008

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Man, we get some weird shows in Lotta Rock.  October 5th: One of Canada’s finest exports:    GORDON LIGHTFOOT, at Robinson Auditorium.   That’s awesome! 

You know…Gordon Lightfoot?  As in The Wreck of the Edmund FitzgeraldSundown?  Oh, like you didn’t spend some of the 70s skating around to Gordon Lightfoot.  Aside from his hits,  he’s also a mighty successful songwriter, having penned hits for the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary, Marty Robbins, Judy Collins, the Kingston Trio

The sound you just heard was a whole lotta fifty-something folks dusting off their sitting-still-and-humming shoes. 

Lyrics for the best story song ever below.   My favorite part: 

“When supper time came the old cook came on deck/Saying fellows it’s too rough to feed ya/At 7PM a main hatchway caved in/He said fellas it’s been good to know ya.”


THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.

With a load of iron ore – 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconson
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ships bell rang
Could it be the North Wind they’d been feeling.

The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the Captain did, too,
T’was the witch of November come stealing.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashing
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane West Wind

When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it’s too rough to feed ya
At 7PM a main hatchway caved in
He said fellas it’s been good to know ya.

The Captain wired in he had water coming in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the words turn the minutes to hours
The searchers all say they’d have made Whitefish Bay
If they’d fifteen more miles behind her.

They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the ruins of her ice water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.

And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral
The church bell chimed, ’til it rang 29 times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.

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1. dirty sean - September 2, 2008

i’ve heard that song at least a hundred times, and never knew the words, i just got done singing it in it’s entirety with the words in front of me and still almost messed up, i just love his what do you call it “pantometer” you know the beat to which he says the words, it makes it much easier to sing, and i never knew what he looked like either, so thanks for the knowledge and maybe i’ll even get myself out there to the show so i can sing it with him

2. char (moderator at www.corfid.com - October 4, 2008

http://www.lightfoot.ca has 2008 tour details and under the NEWS section are the first of the 2009 tour dates..

http://www.corfid.com (fan based LIGHTFOOT site) has a very active message board.


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