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2020-09-21 12:00:53 PM  
That song ... every time ...
 
2020-09-21 1:36:46 PM  
Beautiful
Youtube bPMe9dMFHEA

My fave
 
2020-09-21 2:40:24 PM  
Sounds worth a watch. He's an inductee into the Candaian Music Hall of Fame after all.

/lazy editors bug me
 
2020-09-21 2:44:29 PM  
I need to dig up my copy of Gordon Lightfoot Sings Every Song Ever Written.

SCTV - Gordon Lightfoot Sings Every Song Ever Written
Youtube xZpk0A4hZes
 
2020-09-21 2:45:51 PM  
I saw him in concert about two years ago.  He looked like the crypt keeper but still sounded just fine
 
2020-09-21 2:47:19 PM  
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/ somebody's happy
 
2020-09-21 2:47:57 PM  

Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...


I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s
 
2020-09-21 2:48:36 PM  
Edmund Fitzgerald is such a terrific song on it's own, it kind of obscures the truth that Lightfoot was a damn good songwriter in general. The lyrics to "If You Could Read My Mind" are so gut wrenching they would do Tom Waits proud.
 
2020-09-21 2:52:04 PM  
The legend lives on.
 
2020-09-21 2:53:17 PM  
I've told Fark this before...my father worked on the Fitz in the shipyard in Ecorse, MI where it wa built. He had the launch on video, then on super-8, the VHS, and now on CD.He worked on the stern, not the part that snapped in half. He was not big into music, but he did like Gordon's song about the ship he worked on.

My grandfather lived in Wyandotte, after he retired he and my grandmother would park their '70 Comet near the Detroit River behind the hospital and record the ships going up and down river. He always had stars next to the ships my dad helped build.
 
2020-09-21 2:55:06 PM  

Fano: Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...

I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s


I thought the same thing when my 7th grade science teacher played the record for the class. Very surprised to find out later that it had happened only a few years before.

/teacher was a folk singer himself
 
2020-09-21 2:55:12 PM  
Gitche Gumee is the name of my Ska Punk Gordon Lightfoot cover band.
 
2020-09-21 3:01:11 PM  
Mostly related, but if you've never heard the interview with Twin Cities's radio host Tommy Mischke and a shipwreck expert, stop everything and listen. Mischke sings the entire interview with the man to the tune of the Lightfoot song -- and the expert plays right along. It is glorious:


TD Mischke - the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald
Youtube hv4yMUKBOX8


/you can jump to about 7:40 for the bit to start
 
2020-09-21 3:07:30 PM  
I celebrate his entire catalogue, but Wherefore and Why is hitting me just right lately.  Despite what's going on around us.

My mom was front row center at a show of his at a little casino in the U.P.  He had a stroke and dropped to a knee right in front of her.  She had to brace against his shoulders to keep him from lurching forward off the stage.  He was pretty nonchalant about it.
 
2020-09-21 3:08:13 PM  
Pete and Wayne at Sloppy Joe's, KW..."The Rectum of Ella Fitzgerald."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ8b8​j​fc-Vg
 
2020-09-21 3:09:34 PM  
It was rammed by the Cat Stevens.
 
2020-09-21 3:14:28 PM  

bubbadave1056: Pete and Wayne at Sloppy Joe's, KW..."The Rectum of Ella Fitzgerald."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ8b8j​fc-Vg


That's Michael Scott-funny, that is.  Which is to say, not at all.

Someone should kick them in their uterus.
 
2020-09-21 3:17:41 PM  
Gordon Lightfoot is Canada's Poet Laureate? Are you sure about that?
Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage
Youtube TVY8LoM47xI
 
2020-09-21 3:35:12 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Gordon Lightfoot is Canada's Poet Laureate? Are you sure about that?
[YouTube video: Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage]


Never heard of him
 
2020-09-21 3:41:05 PM  
Burton Cummings as Gordon Lightfoot
Youtube Jlmcx06aiAI

Burton Cummings doing his impression of Gordon Lightfoot singing a Rod Stewart song.
 
2020-09-21 3:47:51 PM  
So I was perusing at a vintage record store a year ago and the Gordon Lightfoot "Sundown" record had a hand-written sticker that read "FEATURING JOHN BELUSHI'S KILLER GIRLFRIEND" so that sent me down a rabbit hole.  Gordon Lightfoot's ex-girlfriend was the one who injected Belushi with the heroin that killed him.  The song "Sundown" is also about her.  I think the song is also about heroin, but Gordo says it's about booze.
 
2020-09-21 3:51:54 PM  
Pure Canadiana.

Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Youtube PXzauTuRG78
 
2020-09-21 3:57:09 PM  
By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.
 
2020-09-21 4:01:25 PM  
"Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?" is a spectacular lyric.  It puts you there.  All alone, to make it to safety, or not.  With nowhere and no one to look to for help.  Against forces of nature that can and will swallow you whole.

It's a terrible story but a great song.
 
2020-09-21 4:20:26 PM  
Years ago, I was with a woman in her bedroom, her iPod was on shuffle. As things were proceeding well, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" started playing without warning. It was funny, and didn't completely ruin the mood. Now, years later, I still get a tiny smile whenever I think of that song.
 
2020-09-21 4:40:30 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I saw him in concert about two years ago.  He looked like the crypt keeper but still sounded just fine


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Oh my god, you weren't joking.
 
2020-09-21 4:42:29 PM  

Drunk Southern Taser Bait: Years ago, I was with a woman in her bedroom, her iPod was on shuffle. As things were proceeding well, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" started playing without warning. It was funny, and didn't completely ruin the mood. Now, years later, I still get a tiny smile whenever I think of that song.


A smile your wife just doesn't understand?
 
2020-09-21 4:50:53 PM  

blondambition: Drunk Southern Taser Bait: Years ago, I was with a woman in her bedroom, her iPod was on shuffle. As things were proceeding well, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" started playing without warning. It was funny, and didn't completely ruin the mood. Now, years later, I still get a tiny smile whenever I think of that song.

A smile your wife just doesn't understand?


Fortunately, we don't listen to a lot of Gordon Lightfoot together.
 
2020-09-21 4:51:36 PM  

snowybunting: I've told Fark this before...my father worked on the Fitz in the shipyard in Ecorse, MI where it wa built. He had the launch on video, then on super-8, the VHS, and now on CD.He worked on the stern, not the part that snapped in half. He was not big into music, but he did like Gordon's song about the ship he worked on.

My grandfather lived in Wyandotte, after he retired he and my grandmother would park their '70 Comet near the Detroit River behind the hospital and record the ships going up and down river. He always had stars next to the ships my dad helped build.


Also mentioned on Fark before, my grandfather was one of the folks that went down on the Fitz, and there's two other Farkers I'm related to who tend to show up in threads about the Fitz or Gordon Lightfoot.

Lightfoot has been a regular visitor/guest at the bell ringing ceremony up at Whitefish Bay. Sadly, due to the 'rona, the ceremony will be virtual this year. I've yet to ever hear a bad word about Mr. Lightfoot, and he seems to have realized the impact he's made on so many families with that particular song.
 
2020-09-21 5:11:29 PM  

snowybunting: I've told Fark this before...my father worked on the Fitz in the shipyard in Ecorse, MI where it wa built. He had the launch on video, then on super-8, the VHS, and now on CD.He worked on the stern, not the part that snapped in half. He was not big into music, but he did like Gordon's song about the ship he worked on.

My grandfather lived in Wyandotte, after he retired he and my grandmother would park their '70 Comet near the Detroit River behind the hospital and record the ships going up and down river. He always had stars next to the ships my dad helped build.


My father never sailed on the Fitz, but he did sail the Great Lakes.  He probably sailed on one of your father's ships.
 
2020-09-21 5:28:03 PM  

Paul Baumer: Edmund Fitzgerald is such a terrific song on it's own, it kind of obscures the truth that Lightfoot was a damn good songwriter in general. The lyrics to "If You Could Read My Mind" are so gut wrenching they would do Tom Waits proud.


"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is still, to this day, a song that, I agree, is fantastic, but it is an intensely personal song for me, one I get misty-eyed even thinking about... because my father is one of the 29 men he is singing about. And yes, my nephew posted ahead of me in this thread, and he called it right about me showing up in the thread.
 
2020-09-21 5:32:52 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: snowybunting: I've told Fark this before...my father worked on the Fitz in the shipyard in Ecorse, MI where it wa built. He had the launch on video, then on super-8, the VHS, and now on CD.He worked on the stern, not the part that snapped in half. He was not big into music, but he did like Gordon's song about the ship he worked on.

My grandfather lived in Wyandotte, after he retired he and my grandmother would park their '70 Comet near the Detroit River behind the hospital and record the ships going up and down river. He always had stars next to the ships my dad helped build.

Also mentioned on Fark before, my grandfather was one of the folks that went down on the Fitz, and there's two other Farkers I'm related to who tend to show up in threads about the Fitz or Gordon Lightfoot.

Lightfoot has been a regular visitor/guest at the bell ringing ceremony up at Whitefish Bay. Sadly, due to the 'rona, the ceremony will be virtual this year. I've yet to ever hear a bad word about Mr. Lightfoot, and he seems to have realized the impact he's made on so many families with that particular song.


You know me too damn well, nephew of mine. And it sucks that the bell ringing will be virtual this year, because I wanted to be there, live, to ring the bell for my father/your grandfather, and yeah, Gordon is well aware of the impact that song had on those of us who are the surviving family members of that crew (I know, for a fact, he met your grandmother and a few of your aunts at one of those ceremonies before she died).
 
2020-09-21 5:55:23 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Paul Baumer: Edmund Fitzgerald is such a terrific song on it's own, it kind of obscures the truth that Lightfoot was a damn good songwriter in general. The lyrics to "If You Could Read My Mind" are so gut wrenching they would do Tom Waits proud.

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is still, to this day, a song that, I agree, is fantastic, but it is an intensely personal song for me, one I get misty-eyed even thinking about... because my father is one of the 29 men he is singing about. And yes, my nephew posted ahead of me in this thread, and he called it right about me showing up in the thread.


And by coincidence , Sundown is all about subby's mom
 
2020-09-21 6:11:26 PM  

Rapmaster2000: So I was perusing at a vintage record store a year ago and the Gordon Lightfoot "Sundown" record had a hand-written sticker that read "FEATURING JOHN BELUSHI'S KILLER GIRLFRIEND" so that sent me down a rabbit hole.  Gordon Lightfoot's ex-girlfriend was the one who injected Belushi with the heroin that killed him.  The song "Sundown" is also about her.  I think the song is also about heroin, but Gordo says it's about booze.


Was there a thread about Cathy Smith when she died last month?  I submitted a link, but it didn't go green.  I thought for sure something would show up here.
 
2020-09-21 6:14:32 PM  

Fano: Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...

I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s


Had that argument with a friend way back in the 80s, he insisted it was an 18th or 19th century sailing ship. I pointed out they weren't known for their ability to "wire in" trouble.

Such an incredible song, too. It'll be a long long time before the tragedy is ever forgotten.
 
2020-09-21 6:25:34 PM  

Boojum2k: Fano: Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...

I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s

Had that argument with a friend way back in the 80s, he insisted it was an 18th or 19th century sailing ship. I pointed out they weren't known for their ability to "wire in" trouble.

Such an incredible song, too. It'll be a long long time before the tragedy is ever forgotten.


Needlessly to say, I have some very vivid memories of that night, and how my family found out about it, and the most vivid memory is that of my youngest sister coming down the stairs from her bedroom saying "Mommy, I'm scared". That sort of memory is one that is going to stick with me until the day I die.
 
2020-09-21 6:29:55 PM  
"The Islands and bays are for sportsmen!!"

That lyric is kinda the "Of Salesman" for me. Don't know why it seems so awkward to me in an otherwise great song.
 
2020-09-21 6:31:23 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Boojum2k: Fano: Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...

I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s

Had that argument with a friend way back in the 80s, he insisted it was an 18th or 19th century sailing ship. I pointed out they weren't known for their ability to "wire in" trouble.

Such an incredible song, too. It'll be a long long time before the tragedy is ever forgotten.

Needlessly to say, I have some very vivid memories of that night, and how my family found out about it, and the most vivid memory is that of my youngest sister coming down the stairs from her bedroom saying "Mommy, I'm scared". That sort of memory is one that is going to stick with me until the day I die.


I'm very sorry for your family's loss.
 
2020-09-21 6:42:49 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I saw him in concert about two years ago.  He looked like the crypt keeper but still sounded just fine


I saw him play a few years ago as well. he barely sings above a whisper, but was still fantastic

going to have to watch this documentary. perhaps tonight if the game is awful
 
2020-09-21 6:55:23 PM  

Boojum2k: ClavellBCMI: Boojum2k: Fano: Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...

I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s

Had that argument with a friend way back in the 80s, he insisted it was an 18th or 19th century sailing ship. I pointed out they weren't known for their ability to "wire in" trouble.

Such an incredible song, too. It'll be a long long time before the tragedy is ever forgotten.

Needlessly to say, I have some very vivid memories of that night, and how my family found out about it, and the most vivid memory is that of my youngest sister coming down the stairs from her bedroom saying "Mommy, I'm scared". That sort of memory is one that is going to stick with me until the day I die.

I'm very sorry for your family's loss.


Thank you.
 
2020-09-21 7:28:34 PM  
That Gordon Lightfoot could be rather... cranky.. if the studio musicians missed a note during a track does not surprise me. He is a bit of a perfectionist in the studio, and it shows.
 
2020-09-21 7:37:04 PM  
If Gordon Lightfoot is still alive in 2025, I hope he shows up for the 50th anniversary bell ringing at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point (and I would very much like to shake his hand at least once before the both of us die for that song he wrote about the Fitz).
 
2020-09-21 7:41:05 PM  
Abe Vigoda's Ghost:

Angus Scrimm's reanimated corpse
 
2020-09-21 7:41:31 PM  
Sometimes I think it's a shame, that they don't consider group sex an Olympic game.
 
2020-09-21 8:29:32 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I saw him in concert about two years ago.  He looked like the crypt keeper but still sounded just fine

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Oh my god, you weren't joking.


A lifetime of Tim Horton's and Sleemans will age you poorly.
 
2020-09-22 8:48:16 AM  

ClavellBCMI: Boojum2k: Fano: Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...

I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s

Had that argument with a friend way back in the 80s, he insisted it was an 18th or 19th century sailing ship. I pointed out they weren't known for their ability to "wire in" trouble.

Such an incredible song, too. It'll be a long long time before the tragedy is ever forgotten.

Needlessly to say, I have some very vivid memories of that night, and how my family found out about it, and the most vivid memory is that of my youngest sister coming down the stairs from her bedroom saying "Mommy, I'm scared". That sort of memory is one that is going to stick with me until the day I die.


Wow, heartbreaking story.

Visited GLSM this summer while visiting the U.P., but not getting a kick out of your story, to paraphrase a dark-isn.
 
2020-09-22 8:50:00 AM  

Mad Bowl Hoo: ClavellBCMI: Boojum2k: Fano: Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...

I can never wrap my head around the fact it happened in my lifetime. It sounds like Th e ship went down in the late 1800s

Had that argument with a friend way back in the 80s, he insisted it was an 18th or 19th century sailing ship. I pointed out they weren't known for their ability to "wire in" trouble.

Such an incredible song, too. It'll be a long long time before the tragedy is ever forgotten.

Needlessly to say, I have some very vivid memories of that night, and how my family found out about it, and the most vivid memory is that of my youngest sister coming down the stairs from her bedroom saying "Mommy, I'm scared". That sort of memory is one that is going to stick with me until the day I die.

Wow, heartbreaking story.

Visited GLSM this summer while visiting the U.P., but not getting a kick out of your story, to paraphrase a dark-isn.


'Fark-ism', damnit.
 
2020-09-22 10:12:14 AM  

Nadie_AZ: That song ... every time ...


That song came out in 1976, I was in Navy boot camp when it was released.  We had a transistor radio that the Company Commander (Navy Drill Instructor) would let us listen to in the evenings.  The first time that song played and everyone realized what it was about, every single Navy recruit looked up at the radio.  It was as if it were the first time that it dawned on us that as seaman, what we could be getting ourselves into as sailors in the US Navy.

To this day, that song still gives me pause to think of those merchant seaman, their families and those who sailed before them and after them, the seas and those who have perished upon them, in times of peace and in war.  That song has a strong connection to me and I would presume to any who have sailed any of the oceans or seas of the world.

Yup, that song, every time...
 
2020-09-22 10:20:45 AM  
Before Covid I was planning a trip up to Thunder Bay halfway because of that song and halfway because I worked at Thunder Bay on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.   I didn't want to go to the Florida panhandle On vacation again. Wanted to go somewhere that wasn't 100 degrees and Thunder Bay is about 15-16 hours from Tulsa, like Destin.

Maybe 2022.
 
2020-09-22 7:26:05 PM  
He's never let anyone weigh either of his feet. Just sayin'.
 
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