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(Great Lakes Buff)   Thirty Years Ago Today the Edmund Fitzgerald sank and Gordon Lightfoot rose to prominence   (toledoblade.com) divider line 155
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2005-11-10 11:36:17 AM  
Yeah, and it was rammed by the Cat Stevens.
 
2005-11-10 11:38:00 AM  
Greenlighting has now sunk to new depths.
 
2005-11-10 11:39:07 AM  
... I'm telling you, the Rheostatics version is way better.
 
2005-11-10 11:40:35 AM  
i love that song .... the wreck of the ella fitzgerald !
 
2005-11-10 11:41:28 AM  
They played it this morning on the classic rock station.

Good song.
 
2005-11-10 11:42:12 AM  
I remember that day very well. I was a junior in high school in a suburb of Milwaukee. One of my classmates, (though I only really knew her by name) lost an uncle.
 
2005-11-10 11:42:35 AM  
AAwww, FETCH!
Now I'll have that song in my head all day.
 
2005-11-10 11:44:28 AM  
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
 
2005-11-10 11:44:34 AM  
Both of the things in the headline are tragedies of epic proportion.
 
2005-11-10 11:45:08 AM  
As the big freighters go, she was bigger than most.
 
2005-11-10 11:47:39 AM  
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
 
2005-11-10 11:47:47 AM  
I love Edmund Fitzgerald's voice.
 
2005-11-10 11:51:38 AM  
I just had to come in and say Gitche Gumee.
 
2005-11-10 11:52:09 AM  
Well the boat capsized...
And they all drowned like rats...
And they screamed as their lungs filled with wateeer...
 
2005-11-10 11:52:41 AM  
sens: I just had to come in and say Gitche Gumee.

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.
 
2005-11-10 11:52:48 AM  
Gordon Lightfoot was popular long before that song hit big.
 
2005-11-10 11:53:33 AM  
Does anyone know where the love of god goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours...
 
2005-11-10 11:56:17 AM  
When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it's too rough to feed ya...
 
2005-11-10 11:56:32 AM  
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
at the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral.
 
2005-11-10 11:56:59 AM  
KazamaSmokers: Gordon Lightfoot was popular long before that song hit big.

I always liked "Sundown"

I can see her lyin back in her satin dress
In a room where ya do what ya dont confess
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepin round my back stairs
 
2005-11-10 11:57:59 AM  
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
 
2005-11-10 12:01:28 PM  
Actually.... you know what?

Gordon Lightfoot may be one of the most enduring singer/songwriters ever.

I'd probably rather spend and afternoon listening to Lightfoot than to Dylan.

The guy is an icon.

Sundown
Carefree Highway
Edmund Fitzgerald
Summer Side of Life
If You Could Read My Mind
Early Morning Rain
Rainy Day People
Baby Step Back

Amazing stuff.
 
2005-11-10 12:07:37 PM  
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
 
2005-11-10 12:21:03 PM  
KazamaSmokers: Baby Step Back

For some reason, when I saw that, I didn't recognize the song and thought of "Baby Come Back" by Player, that awful 70s song:

Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can't live without you


*shudder*
 
2005-11-10 12:29:39 PM  
Gene Baxter (Bean of Kevin & Bean) rejoices.

www.wreckoftheedmundfitzgerald.com
www.thewreckoftheedmundfitzgerald.com

(nothing there, but he owns both of em.)
 
2005-11-10 12:46:25 PM  
HomerButt
I always liked "Sundown"

Indeed. A classic song I grew up with.
 
2005-11-10 12:48:18 PM  
OlafTheBent

Right you are! I saw the Rheostatics do that live when they opened for The Tragically Hip at Cobo here in Detroit. Man that song blew me away.

If you haven't heard it, look for it.

The Hip's Nautical Disaster is another great tragedy at sea tune by the way.
 
2005-11-10 12:48:34 PM  
I prefer "Early Morning Rain", "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" and especially "Sundown".

The Edmund Fitzgerald thing came at the very end of Gord's best years as a songwriter. But I still have to admit, having spent every summer of my childhood at a cottage not far from Whitefish Bay (having seen the flotsam over the river in Michigan) that song has a special sentimental place in my heart.

Gord rocks.
 
2005-11-10 12:50:18 PM  
KazamaSmokers

you forgot Alberta Bound
 
2005-11-10 12:52:41 PM  
 
2005-11-10 12:53:23 PM  
I'm actually a fan of "Cotton Jenny" and "Beautiful". He's in my wuss rock collection. You gots to have Pablo Cruise, Seals & Crofts, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Bread, Lobo...
 
2005-11-10 12:53:48 PM  


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.
 
2005-11-10 12:54:07 PM  
sayntfuu
T'was the witch of November come stealing

Hey, I hate Hilary Clinton as much as the next guy, but lets leave her out of this one, Mkay?
 
2005-11-10 12:55:39 PM  
Didn't the cast of Canadian Idol do a version of "Canadian Railroad Trilogy"? Was it all seven minutes? Did any of the Idol-ers have to sing the word "navvies"?

Gordo trivia -- the bassist on his first few albums was Spike Lee's dad.
 
2005-11-10 12:55:52 PM  
I should also add, though, that "Go Go Round," while touching in a nostalgic way, hasn't aged much better than the man himself:

In her cage she danced for him although a hundred eyes were turned her way
And before the set was through he knew
She would be his loved one

Only a go-go girl in love with someone who didn't care
Only twenty-one, she was a young girl just in from somewhere...
 
2005-11-10 12:56:02 PM  
I've been wreck on the Edmund Fitzgerald (porter) more than a few times.
 
2005-11-10 12:56:04 PM  
There once was a ship
And it sank
And people died
And I know there's a moral in there somewhere.

/abbrieviated WOTEF.
//for farkers on the go.
 
2005-11-10 12:59:32 PM  
I was in the process of getting my dive certification and looking for cool places to dive. I grew up with the song, so I figured... Hey! maybe the Edmund Fitzgerald is shallow enough.

For others who apparently have the same harebrained idea I had, here are some facts:

a.) The Edmund Fitzgerald is in 300' of water (no sportdiving)
b.) There is an effort to make the site completely off limits to all diving
c.) The original bell was recovered and is in the maritime museum in Detroit

/Actually prefers "Sundown" to "Edmund Fitzgerald"
 
2005-11-10 01:01:35 PM  
I never paid much attention to this song until I spent a tour in the Navy. Now I listen to it when it comes on.
 
2005-11-10 01:02:05 PM  
ThatDevGuy: They played it this morning on the classic rock station.


how is that different from any other morning?

/FM sucks
// XM
/// 202
 
2005-11-10 01:02:34 PM  
The Edmund Fitzgerald is in 530' of water.
 
2005-11-10 01:03:34 PM  
Canadian Railroad Trilogy

BEST GL song ever.
 
2005-11-10 01:05:32 PM  
I actually saw Lightfoot at Uconn a couple of years ago. He was freaking awsome! I had seen him performing in Las Vegas on PBS and he was terrible. Then somebody gave me tix to see him for free. One of the best shows I've ever seen.

He did the CRRT and WotEF and a bunch of other album cuts. It was great.
 
2005-11-10 01:06:18 PM  


Draft dodger, eh? We'll see if all those trees you've been hugging will save you when Gordon Lightfoot comes creeping 'round your back stair!
 
2005-11-10 01:08:26 PM  
This song still gives me chills.
 
2005-11-10 01:08:30 PM  
 
2005-11-10 01:08:46 PM  
I actually contacted N8F, the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event Station on Saturday. They were on Whitefish Point.

Kind of cool, because I collect QSL cards and certificates from museum ships and such. Can't wait for that one.

Freq: 7264 KHz (40 Meters LSB)
Distance from my house: 603 miles.
Bearing: 297 degrees.
Running 100 watts output from Kenwood TS-520.
Antenna ~290 sloping longwire.
59 signals both directions.
 
2005-11-10 01:09:54 PM  
wuss rock or not, i admit to liking the song
 
2005-11-10 01:11:09 PM  
Wiki Wiki Scratch.

I always have and always will love the song. It happened six years before I was born, but it was one of those things that stuck with you growing up in Michigan.
 
2005-11-10 01:13:19 PM  
 
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