favorite Lightfoot songs and favorite lines?

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Jdl1139

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Nov 10, 2002, 4:54:17 PM11/10/02
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1. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald "The lake, it is said, never gives up her
dead when the skies of November turn gloomy."
2. If You Could Read My Mind "I will never be set free as long as I'm a ghost
you can't see"
3. Sundown "She's been looking like the Queen in a sailor's dream"
4. Early Morning Rain "This old airport's got me down; it's no earthly good to
me." (This line is very dear to me, as I think we all have had to say bye to
people at airports that we didn't want to see leaving.)
5. Carefree Highway "Picking up the pieces of my sweet, shattered dream"

Telekidd

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Nov 10, 2002, 5:20:18 PM11/10/02
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Lazy Morning "I'd take a place in the country/But for now the old
backyard/Looks to me like fifty acres/Of the roundest ground in town."
Derek

JenRivard

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Nov 10, 2002, 7:50:33 PM11/10/02
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1. Now and Then: Here among my thoughts of you I find a gentle longing to be
free.
2. Can't Depend on Love: Took most of my time to do, what never was done.
Jenney

Cathy Cowette

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On The High Seas: I don't want to own the key
To some ghostly mansion where souls are set free.

Cathy


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Ed Mullen

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Nov 11, 2002, 12:02:42 AM11/11/02
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Wild Strawberries

People often ask me just the way it must feel
To be standing up here with you down there
Let it know be known that throughout all of these years
I have been wearing polka dot underwear

Ed

Tony Meloche

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Nov 11, 2002, 12:09:33 AM11/11/02
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Cathy Cowette wrote:
>
> On The High Seas: I don't want to own the key
> To some ghostly mansion where souls are set free.
>
> Cathy


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Peter T.

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Nov 11, 2002, 7:23:05 AM11/11/02
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Here are a couple, it will be different tomorrow.
Restless:
There's a kind of restless feeling and it catches ya off guard
As we gaze off in the distance through the trees in my backyard

Whispers of the North:
The sound is like a song to me
It takes away the pain
The river is the melody
And the sky is the refrain

Warmest Regards Peter T.

mcarl4444

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Nov 11, 2002, 7:38:07 AM11/11/02
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Too many to count but today they are:

Cabaret: "I hope you find your rainbow's end."
I's Rather Press On: "I'd gotta press on, don't want to rest easy ...

Matt

mdensmore54

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Nov 11, 2002, 9:05:50 AM11/11/02
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A Tree Too WeakTo Stand:
" Songs of love should not be sung where staying is not planned"

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Today... Veterans Day (in the Good 'ol USA)... my favorite lyrics/lines
would be:

"To every man who answers to the letter of the law
And all the rest imprisoned by mistake"

From "All The Lovely Ladies" -- ©1975 by Gordon Lightfoot

--
Kendall F. Stratton III
U.S. Army "Spoon" (Food Service Specialist)
Active Duty -- 11/05/85 - 04/27/90
Fort Fairfield, Maine USA
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"A pancia piena si ragiona meglio"

Melissa Joe

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Nov 11, 2002, 2:07:58 PM11/11/02
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"...and when I am gone, my thoughts are all with you..."
"Fine as Fine Can Be"

"...you better be strong, your love belongs to us..."
"Cold on the Shoulder"

"...don't ask me to change or exchange what I am for somethin' else..."
"Unsettled Ways"

"...those rats in my rafters, they're after my shoes!"
"Long Way Back Home"


I could go on and on, but I won't.

Melissa

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Doug

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Nov 11, 2002, 2:59:25 PM11/11/02
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>Subject: Re: favorite Lightfoot songs and favorite lines?

From a couple of years ago....nothing has changed

1. Canadian Railroad Trilogy
“But time has no beginnings and history has no bounds....”

2. Song for a Winters Night
“If I could only have you near, to breathe a sigh or two...”

3. Don Quixote
“See the drunkard in the tavern, stemming gold to make ends meet...”

4. Early Morning Rain
“You can’t jump a jet plane, like you can a freight train...”

5. Did She Mention My Name
“Does the laughter on their faces, still put the sun to shame...”

6. Miguel
“...Cause you’ve done that before, to see your true loves smiling face a
hundred time or more...”

7. If You Could Read my Mind
“But heroes often fail...”

8. On Susan’s Floor (I know he didn’t write it, but he could have)
“Didn’t feel so cold and tired, stretched out before her fire...”

9. If It Should Please You
“A glad or a sad tune, I wrote along the way...”

10. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
“When suppertime came the old cook came on deck saying fells its to rough to
feed ya...”

I tried, really, but I’m to weak to stop at just ten so here comes the next
ten

11. The Last Time I Saw Her Face
“Her lips were like the wilted leaves...” “The seeds of love lie cold
and still...”

12. Home from the Forest
“Up a dark and dingy staircase, the old man made his way...”

13. Ballad of Yarmouth Castle
“And the paint she wore to keep her young, oh lord how well it burns...”

14. Approaching Lavender
“Oh sweet Lavender as fragrant as the name you wear...”

15. Whispers of the North
“In the land that tested Eskimos, ten thousand years before...”

16. I’d Do It Again
“When he stepped from the stand with his axe in his hand and runs through
the backstage door...”

17. Wild Strawberries
“We will go -just you and me- t’ pick wild strawberries
together...”

18. Waiting for You (I love the opening chord)
“Some soft hearted lovers whose goals are in sight...”

19. Hiway Songs
“Heading north across that line is the only time I’m flying...”

20. (Tie)
Let it Ride
“And when they finally got there a sleeping man was all they found...”
I’ll Tag Along
“This time tomorrow we might all be packed and gone...”
Doug
"When love is true......there is no truer occupation"

Sas

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Nov 11, 2002, 5:32:32 PM11/11/02
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"the house you live in will never fall down, if you pity the stranger who
stands
at your gate" (I do Norwegian Elkhound Rescue, so this one is close to my
heart)
-The House You Live In

"Georgia Pines and Ripple Wine, kisses mixed with moonshine and red clay"
-Spanish Moss

"she's a good old boat and she'll stay afloat in the toughest gales and keep
smiling
but for one more day she would like to stay in the lee of Christian Island
(haven't we
all felt that way?)
-Christian Island (Georgian Bay)

"and many are the dead men, too silent to be real" (I remember the chills
the first
time I heard him sing that line, it sounded so final.
-Canadian Railroad Trilogy


Sputnik

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Nov 11, 2002, 7:27:21 PM11/11/02
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"When I walk the hills so high
'round the town where I was born
New York seems so far away
tho' I was there just yesterday..."

"Hi'way Songs"

I actually did this in 1979...I was in New york one day, and the next, I was
back in my hometown in Ohio, playing this out in a field...

Also, I have always liked:

"The power that is stored
in this no-man's-land of chance
is for someone who knows
what they're doin'..."

"Too Many Clues in this Room"

-Gary


CAMSTER777

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Nov 11, 2002, 7:28:45 PM11/11/02
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"She told me a riddle I' never forget and left with the answer I've never found
yet..."
cam

Roger Guinn

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Nov 11, 2002, 8:11:11 PM11/11/02
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"I Don't know what it was I came for/But I've enjoyed it up 'till Now"
Heaven don't Desertve Me
and

"Whatever you think of me I'm still your friend" Tattoo

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Oksky

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Nov 11, 2002, 8:23:44 PM11/11/02
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Now and Then "Once inside we found a curious moonbeam doing dances on the
floor.." (sigh)

Shirley


Tony Wesley

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Nov 11, 2002, 9:51:43 PM11/11/02
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> On The High Seas: I don't want to own the key
> To some ghostly mansion where souls are set free.
>
> Cathy

"There's a shadow on the moon
And the waters here below
Do not shine the way they should
And I love you just in case you didn't know"

"Well the kind of test that I like the best is reading the wrong girl right"

"But still I won't deny you or mistreat you
Baby if you love me like you should"

"Come on sunshine, what can you show me?
Where can you take me to make me understand?"

"And then the tanks go rolling in
To patch things up as best they can"

Gosh, it's easy to pick favorites. The problem is stopping.

-- Tony

Rick B.

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Nov 11, 2002, 9:52:55 PM11/11/02
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"I was in some one-horse town just/Waiting for a plane to take me
back/Now, where's that at?..." (Can't Depend on Love)

"You go with me everywhere, like a shadow in the gloom/I remember all
the good times, there's a ghost in every room" (Ordinary Man)

"Having shattered the illusions of the object of my passion" (Stone
Cold Sober)

"A week, a day, they will take it away, for they know about all her
bad habits" (Circle of Steel)

"A one-man band on a one-night stand as a one-man band should be" (I'd
Do It Again)

"The space shuttle ends where the subway begins" (Too Many Clues In
This Room)

"Down in the dark of a burnt-out soul there's a few good second-hand
dreams" (Endless Wire)

Janice

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> "Whatever you think of me I'm still your friend" Tattoo

This would be on my list as well, except I'd have to add the next phrase,
because the thought just isn't complete in my mind without "so other than
nothing, what's new"

2. "Looking for the world to be anything but what they see" Love and Maple
Syrup
3. "If things aren't working out, you'll be the first to know" Go My Way


Ed Mullen

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Nov 11, 2002, 11:14:57 PM11/11/02
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On 11/11/2002 9:51 PM, Tony Wesley wrote:
> "Cathy Cowette" <cath...@ainop.com> wrote in message news:<KsGz9.4060$wF2...@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net>...
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>>On The High Seas: I don't want to own the key
>>To some ghostly mansion where souls are set free.
>>
>>Cathy
>
>
> "There's a shadow on the moon
> And the waters here below
> Do not shine the way they should
> And I love you just in case you didn't know"
>
> "Well the kind of test that I like the best is reading the wrong girl right"

No no! It's "... RUBBING the wrong girl right."

>
> -- Tony

Blackberry Wine

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Nov 12, 2002, 3:01:04 AM11/12/02
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Here's my current top five ....

1. Anytime is the right time
To get on with a new tomorrow (She's Not The Same)

2. And he who is wise will not criticize
When other men fail at the game (The House You Live In)

3. To be insane beyond belief
Is sometimes the best relief (Stay Loose)

4. But still the pounding of my heart hasn't changed
and leavin's so strange (Now And Then)

5. And if time could heal the wounds, I would tear the threads away
that I might bleed some more (The last Time I Saw Her)

I picked one line from The House You Live In, but actually just about
every line in the entire song is a favorite!! ;o)


BrunaZanelli

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Nov 12, 2002, 5:22:06 AM11/12/02
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>Gosh, it's easy to pick favorites. The problem is stopping.

Everybody,

I am still trying to choose..

Dont go 'way ... I'll be back. ;)
Bru

Peter T.

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Nov 12, 2002, 7:07:19 AM11/12/02
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Seeing as it is Tuesday evening (late) here are a few more that I am
fond of

Saturday Clothes:
So now I'll take the butts away
and put the glasses on the tray,
I'll see you all next Saturday

Is There Anyone Home:
Is there anyone home in this house made of stone?
Anyone inside know my name?

Pony Man:
When its midnight on the meadow and the cats are in the shed
And the river tell a story at the window by my bed

A Painter Passing Through:
If you want to know my secret don't come running after me
For I am just a Painter passing through in History

Warmest Regards Peter T.

sarad...@webtv.net

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Nov 12, 2002, 3:28:18 AM11/12/02
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Behind the blue Rockies the sun is declinin'
The stars, they come stealin' at the close of the day - CRT
(My first....my fave)

but anyway - I'm Not Supposed To Care
Only 2 words, but they say so much)

To the ones who loved in vain will ya be beholdin'? - Too Late For
Prayin'
(This one hit me like a slap in the face!)

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours? - TWOTEF
(Think about it, kids, they must've been terrified)

How did it feel when I looked through your soul? - Farewell To Annabell
(YIKES!)

Do you like to go walking on the shore and listen to the sea? - It's
Worth Believin'
(Oh, boy, do I!)

When other lips will kiss her eyes - The

Last Time I Saw Her

And you read all your letters from oceans away
And you took them to the bottom of the sea - Ghosts Of Cape Horn
(sob....sniff...blow)

Anyway that's all you think about
You'd call her if you could - Does Your Mother Know
(see above)

Looking at the trees
So ill at ease
From sleep that will not come - Looking At The Rain
(I like what I see when I hear this)

There's a new wave that is breaking in the wake of a passing ship -
Seven Island Suite
(Not sure why...I just like it)

And so we cried but that is alright
We meant no one no harm - Never Too Close

Then from your lips there came that secret
I was not supposed to know - Talking In Your Sleep
(oops!)

Good subject! I enjoyed reading all the responses.

Telekidd

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>> > "Well the kind of test that I like the best is reading the wrong girl
>right"
>>
>> No no! It's "... RUBBING the wrong girl right."
>
>I've seen it printed as TREATING.
>

On the original recording on Endless Wire, it's "rubbin'." My recollection is
that he sang that on "Soundstage" as well. However, when the re-record
appeared on Gord's Gold II, it had changed to "treating". Actually, there's
another line that changed: "The kind of gig I can really dig is swiggin' at
the break of day" on the original recording became "...happens just at the
break of day," by the time of GGII.
Derek

Melissa Joe

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Nov 12, 2002, 2:54:56 PM11/12/02
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OK, I already responded earlier. But I just wanna say, what a great
thread! I've enjoyed reading these posts more than any in a long
time. What a treat to sit and read all these great lines. I told my
husband about this thread and asked him what his favorite GL lines
were. His response was, "are you kidding? Where would I even begin?"
I think that sums it up.

Melissa

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BrunaZanelli

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Nov 12, 2002, 3:35:17 PM11/12/02
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>Seeing as it is Tuesday evening (late) here are a few more that I am
>fond of

And as its Tuesday evening in England, here are a few that came to mind:

I'm Not s'posed to care:
And if you need someone who loves you, you know I will always be there (sigh)

You'll still be needing me:
Still I play the part, making like a broken toy ...

My Unsettled Ways:
Don't ask of me what you wouldn't ask yourself.

Farewell to Annabel:
Where does it say love should last forever

Sundown:
Sometimes I think its a sin when I feel like I'm winning when I'm losing again.

Heaven don't deserve me:
If there's a friend who ever needs me,
I'll do my best to help somehow.

Lazy morning:
The most delicious Bru (er - sorry ...) ;)
The Most delicious Brew

I am currently struggling to remember the title of the song which holds the
line

'my love is too deep for my eyes to see'

which is one of my most fave lines.
Help someone! Old timers moment just kicked in. lol

Bru (aka Brew)


BrunaZanelli

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>But I just wanna say, what a great
>thread! I've enjoyed reading these posts more than any in a long
>time. What a treat to sit and read all these great lines.

Melissa,

I second that. It's brilliant! More please!
Bru

Telekidd

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>I am currently struggling to remember the title of the song which holds the
>line
>'my love is too deep for my eyes to see'
>which is one of my most fave lines.
>Help someone! Old timers moment just kicked in. lol

It's from "I'll Do Anything" from the Shadows album. (I think it's "my love
for you was too deep for my eyes to see.")

Hope that helps, Brew!
Da-Wreck (of the Edmund Fitzgerald)

BrunaZanelli

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>It's from "I'll Do Anything" from the Shadows album. (I think it's "my love
>for you was too deep for my eyes to see.")

Da-wreck!

Thank you so much! Well, I almost
got it right ... and its still a most beautiful line .... sheer poetry.


Brew
(he wrote Lazy Morning for me, you know)

K3

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"K3" <k3@(86_THE_SPAM)maine.rr.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Jdl1139" <jdl...@aol.com> wrote in message
> news:20021110165417...@mb-cj.aol.com...
> > 1. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald "The lake, it is said, never gives up
> her
> > dead when the skies of November turn gloomy."
> > 2. If You Could Read My Mind "I will never be set free as long as I'm a
> ghost
> > you can't see"
> > 3. Sundown "She's been looking like the Queen in a sailor's dream"
> > 4. Early Morning Rain "This old airport's got me down; it's no earthly
> good to
> > me." (This line is very dear to me, as I think we all have had to say
bye
> to
> > people at airports that we didn't want to see leaving.)
> > 5. Carefree Highway "Picking up the pieces of my sweet, shattered
dream"
>
> Today... Veterans Day (in the Good 'ol USA)... my favorite lyrics/lines
> would be:
>
> "To every man who answers to the letter of the law
> And all the rest imprisoned by mistake"
>
> From "All The Lovely Ladies" -- ©1975 by Gordon Lightfoot

Oops! ... Can't forget:

"And if I don't stop this trembling hand from reaching for the phone
I'll be reaching for the bottle Lord, before this day is done"

Second Cup Of Coffee, ©1972 by Gordon Lightfoot

--
Kendall F. Stratton III

JenRivard

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Nov 12, 2002, 8:41:42 PM11/12/02
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>3. "If things aren't working out, you'll be the first to know" Go My Way
>

Can't help but smile when I think of this line. I like the way I heard
PLUMBGURU2 sing it, "If things aren't working out, you'll be the first to go".
Jenney

Ed Mullen

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Nov 12, 2002, 8:22:58 PM11/12/02
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On 11/12/2002 2:54 PM, Melissa Joe wrote:
> OK, I already responded earlier. But I just wanna say, what a great
> thread! I've enjoyed reading these posts more than any in a long
> time. What a treat to sit and read all these great lines. I told my
> husband about this thread and asked him what his favorite GL lines
> were. His response was, "are you kidding? Where would I even begin?"
> I think that sums it up.
>
> Melissa
>
>

Hey, Melissa! Keep that guy! ;-)

Ed

Ed Mullen

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Nov 12, 2002, 10:00:41 PM11/12/02
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>
> Once I mishear a lyric, forget it. The wrong interpretation is stuck
> in my brain forever. The location of car keys may be forgotten but not
> the wrong lyric.
>
>

Oh! So YOU'VE got my car keys! Hey, give 'em back!!!

Ed

Jen

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Nov 12, 2002, 10:04:55 PM11/12/02
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>His response was, "are you kidding? Where would I even begin?"

Which is why I haven't replied. I cannot come up with it unless I"m listening
to it. And even then it would be too difficult.

Jen

Tony Wesley

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Nov 12, 2002, 9:45:35 PM11/12/02
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"Telekidd" <tele...@aol.com> wrote in message
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> >> > "Well the kind of test that I like the best is reading the wrong girl
> >right"
> >>
> >> No no! It's "... RUBBING the wrong girl right."
> >
> >I've seen it printed as TREATING.
> >
>
> On the original recording on Endless Wire, it's "rubbin'."

Sigh... I've probably always misheard treating as reading. I think
reading makes more sense in the context of test. But I *know* Gordon
is just a weeeee bit better at picking words than I am.

Peter T.

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Nov 13, 2002, 7:05:49 AM11/13/02
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Mmm I always thought that Doug was a man of conviction
Anyway along the same lines
Hi'way Songs
Becomes
Just for now I'd like to rest in the shade of an Eucalypt Tree
See the blue Australian sky
I'll say a prayer for the world out there.

Warmest Regards Peter T.

Tony Wesley

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Nov 13, 2002, 7:11:47 AM11/13/02
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Are you going to be in Saratoga? I'm bring 'em... if I remember.


Bill Mulrooney

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Nov 13, 2002, 9:18:59 AM11/13/02
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What a great thread. Lurk here daily for many years and I enjoy reading each
and every post.
Since the NG is relatively quiet, I was thinking (unusual for me) of a new
thread.
How about "Most unusual cover"? This would be off topic as what I had in
mind would be any cover of any artists music. If the regulars would rather
stay on topic, no problem.
Your thoughts please.

Bill


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JenRivard

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Nov 13, 2002, 4:10:07 PM11/13/02
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>I would be very glad to do so John.
>I haven't contributed my list because I would just have to copy and paste
>all of the songs and lyrics listed on Val's site and that hardly seems fair
>play....

That was my thought too Char, there are just so many great lines. I thought of
a couple of others today that are some of my favorites:

From 10 Degrees: It was out in Arizona, that he heard the lady listening

From Don Quixote: And in a blaze of tangled hooves he gallops off to cross the
dusty plain.
Can't you just see the hooves on that? Just wonderful imagery. I could quote
almost all of Restless too, the imagery in that is just spectacular.
Jenney

Hershey102

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Nov 13, 2002, 5:04:08 PM11/13/02
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"I'll have a thousand 'fore I'm through" always reminded me of just how empty
bitterness is.

"The streets of the old town are covered with rain, I think I might never know
true love again" is an emotion we have all felt at one time or another. (Bells
of the Evening)

Duff

Char

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Nov 13, 2002, 12:56:23 PM11/13/02
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I would be very glad to do so John.
I haven't contributed my list because I would just have to copy and paste
all of the songs and lyrics listed on Val's site and that hardly seems fair
play....
LOL
Char

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> This has been and continues to be such a great thread that I thought I
would
> compile a digest of the many lines so far submitted which I could then
> e-mail
> to Char in the hope that she can print it out and present it to Gord.
> As I feel sure he would get a big and much needed kick out of reading
> how his fans appreciate the hard work he has put in over the years
> producing such inspiring lyrics. But first I thought I would check the
list
> of songs
> to find a few more examples of his terrific skill in choosing words be
they
> to create
> a beautiful sound paint a great visual impression add humo(u)r or contrive
> an appalling rhyme.
> I quickly realised that there is hardly a set of lyrics that does not
> qualify as an example
> of one or other of those genres. Also even for a particular song it is
very
> hard selecting the best part
> Here are my fourpennyworth not in any particular order
> but first the rhyming
>
> from Lazy Mornin'
> keeping up with the Joneses
> I hope no one telephones us
>
> Song for a Winters Night
> If I could only have you near, to breathe a sigh or two
>
> The Mountains and Maryann
> There's a semi up the road ahead, I'll take him in my time
>
> Go Go Round
> He's playing up in Michigan in a group they call The Intended
> With a kiss and a promise he was gone, the song was ended
>
> and the first two Lightfoot recordings I ever heard in 1966
>
> Spin Spin
> which has my wife's favo(u)rite lines
> In the web of wild desire,
> And I cannot control the fire!
>
> and although not one of Gords songs but it could have been
> The First time Ever I Saw Your Face
> The first time ever I lay with you
> And felt you heart beat close to mine
> I thought our joy would fill the earth
>
> Pussywillows Cat-tails
> the entire song really but in particular the sounds of
> Shivering, quivering, the warm breath of spring
> Voicing, rejoicing, the wine cups do bring
> Reveling, disheveling, the summer nights can bring
> Harsh nights and candlelights, woodfires a-blazin'
>
> Affair On 8th Avenue
> Her long flowing hair came softly undone
> And it lay all around
>
> Softly
> Down the darkened hall
> I hear her footsteps on my stair
> And she is in my arms once more
>
> Sit Down Young Stranger
> How can you find your fortune when you cannot find yourself


>
> If You Could Read My Mind

> Then you reached the part where the heartaches come,
> The hero would be me.
> But heroes often fail,
>
> He came down through fields of green
> On the Summer Side of Life
>
> 10 Degrees and Getting Colder
> He was raised up in Milwaukee, though he never was that famous
>
> But the creatures of evil have captured her heart
> And that Same Old Obsession still keeps us apart
>
> Carefree Highway
> Searching through the fragments of my dream shattered sleep
>
> Seven Island Suite
> Fortune will not find you in your mansion or your truck
> Brothers will desert you when you're down and shit out of luck
>
> In My Fashion
> As an Engineer I have always been fond of
> And he couldn't come to terms with a slide rule
>
> I'll Prove My Love
> Any way I stub my toe
>
> She was all decked out like a Rainbow Trout
> Swimmin' upstream in the world
> And she said "Please, please, I've lost my way
> The current is too strong
> And she gave one flip of the rainbow tip of her tail
> And she swam back down
>
> and of course being married to the Susan
> although not one of Gords songs but it could have been
> Like crippled ships that made it
> Through a storm and finally reached a quiet shore
> The homeless found a home on Susan's Floor
> --
> Cheers
> John Fowles
> Please visit my Gordon Lightfoot Webring Ringmaster's page at
> http://www.johnfowles.org.uk/LIGHTFOOT
> While you are there please sign the guestbook
>
>
>
>


Roger Guinn

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"I'll Do Anything" from Shadows
"My love for you is too deep for my eyes to see" but it needs the first one of
that couplet:

"Many's the times I've wished that I were free,
But My love for you is too deep for my eyes to see"...

My favorite song this week....
Roger
The Roswell Lighthead

Roger

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N1XTV

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Nov 13, 2002, 8:37:15 PM11/13/02
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The Circle is Small
"It's alright for some but not alright for me when the one that I'm lovin'
can't be found."
"I can see what you believe in when his name is mentioned and I die."

Miguel
"I'm waiting for you to cross the water, to swim the river, 'cause you've
done that before--to see your true love's smiling face--a hundred times or
more."

Now and Then
(in addition to the other sublime lines already posted)
"There must be a way out of this crazy game we play out 'til the end."

Approaching Lavender
"Oh, sweet Lavender, as fragrant as the name you bear, please cast away the
clothes you wear and give your love to me."

Love and Maple Syrup
"..longing for the world to be anything but what they see..."

Ten Degrees
"Now he's traded off his Martin, but his troubles are not over..."

Same Ol' Loverman
"It's cold outside your window. Please let me in--the night is wild. It's
the same old loverman (not some lonesome, winsome child)."

Second Cup of Coffee
"..and if I don't stop this tremblin' hand from reachin' for the phone, I'll
be reachin' for the bottle, Lord, before this day is done."

And (of course)
Talking in your Sleep
"..ding-a-ma-lay, ding-a-ma-lay, ding-a-ma-lay, ding-a-ma-lay..."

Michael


Sputnik

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Nov 13, 2002, 8:31:21 PM11/13/02
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ARG! I just thought of one of my all-time favorite Gord lines, but I can't
confirm it! I have "Anthology volume 2", but the middle 2 or 3 pages are
missing! Does anybody have the sheet music for Lazy Morning? I think the
sheet music for that song has a great Gord line. It is the notation for
guitarists at the bottom of the page:

"Play thumb and fingers Travis style. If you can't do that, use a flat
pick. If you can't do that...get a job. G.L."

-Gary


Telekidd

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Nov 13, 2002, 9:07:44 PM11/13/02
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Another favorite of mine, from Shadows (my apologies if this has already been
mentioned)

"And if you do not believe me,
Come and gaze upon the shadow at your door"

Sigh...
Derek

Tony Meloche

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Nov 13, 2002, 10:44:02 PM11/13/02
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N1XTV wrote:

> Ten Degrees
> "Now he's traded off his Martin, but his troubles are not over..."


I'm a Martin-owning guitarist, and lifelong (cough) interpreter of
Gord's music - and that line tears my heart out! :>)

And another line that just came to me, that I found wonderfully
succinct in it's power (from "Circle of Steel"):

. . . says: "Look here child - Your father's pride was his means to
provide, and he's serving three years for that reason".

Tony Meloche


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Pete McMillan

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Nov 13, 2002, 11:00:42 PM11/13/02
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'Love and Maple Syrup'
...People come and stand in line, to rob the forest of her wine, but they
don't feel the cold.


Tony Meloche

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Nov 13, 2002, 10:51:30 PM11/13/02
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And more that just came to me:

"He talks of better days ahead, and by his words your fortune's read."
(MOTD) - I'd like to think this is kind of Gord's thoughts at this
moment.

"It seemed to me like he never could be like anything I'd ever seen
before." (I'd Do It Again) - another "in-lyric" hope for Gord's
complete recovery.

BrunaZanelli

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Nov 14, 2002, 7:06:54 AM11/14/02
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>"Many's the times I've wished that I were free,
>But My love for you is too deep for my eyes to see"...
>

Yes,

this has to be one of the most emotive
of all the many beautiful couplets he
has ever written.

Bru

BrunaZanelli

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Nov 14, 2002, 7:11:46 AM11/14/02
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I am SO enjoying this thread. Please dont let's stop. More fave songs and
lines ..
I cant remember who suggested it,
but THANK YOU.

This one makes my heart weep:

'If time could heal the wounds, I would tear the threads away, that I might
bleed some more ...' (The Last time ....)

Bru


Telekidd

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Nov 14, 2002, 10:33:17 AM11/14/02
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>> Ten Degrees
>> "Now he's traded off his Martin, but his troubles are not over..."
>
>
> I'm a Martin-owning guitarist, and lifelong (cough) interpreter of
>Gord's music - and that line tears my heart out! :>)

During one of our guitar-playing sessions in September, Cathy and I played that
song. I slightly altered that verse to "Now he's traded off his Martin/And he
bought himself a Taylor..."

Fortunately, Cathy was too busy playing to be able to take a swing at me! :)
Derek

Ed Mullen

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Nov 14, 2002, 11:11:26 AM11/14/02
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I can see buying a Taylor, Derek (heck, I came close in August at
Gryphon. <g>). But, umm, trading off one of my Martins? <SOB!>
Besides, one can NEVER have too many guitars. You're living proof of that!

Ed

Billy

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Nov 14, 2002, 1:59:55 PM11/14/02
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"In a blaze of tangled hooves"
Billy

Telekidd

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Nov 14, 2002, 2:26:48 PM11/14/02
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>I can see buying a Taylor, Derek (heck, I came close in August at
>Gryphon. <g>). But, umm, trading off one of my Martins? <SOB!>
>Besides, one can NEVER have too many guitars. You're living proof of that!

True! And they're all being buried with me when I go! :)
Derek

Bern

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Nov 14, 2002, 2:55:30 PM11/14/02
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"There's something wrong with you.
And I've got a funny feeling that it's me."

One of my favorite songs for sure....

Bern

Ed Mullen

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Nov 14, 2002, 3:11:14 PM11/14/02
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On 11/14/2002 1:59 PM, Billy wrote:
> "In a blaze of tangled hooves"
> Billy
>
>

Good one! And it reminded me of a line describing John Prine on a fan
website: "Three chords and a cloud of dust!"

<g>

Ed

Jim Day

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Nov 14, 2002, 8:16:41 PM11/14/02
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I've got shovels !

Jim

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Ed Mullen

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Nov 14, 2002, 8:24:02 PM11/14/02
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On 11/14/2002 8:16 PM, Jim Day wrote:
> I've got shovels !
>
> Jim
>

OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

;-)

Although, I must admit, if I had to be buried now, I guess being buried
with Derek wouldn't be that bad. I mean, geez, the ladies still seem to
like him and he's got ALL THOSE GUITARS!!! Hmm. Ok! Dead is good for
me!!! (Uh oh. Oh, never mind. I'll read this later and try and figure
it out!)

Ed

Ed Mullen

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Nov 14, 2002, 9:33:45 PM11/14/02
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On a serious note, yeah, yeah, I know, "What? Ed? Being serious?!!!"

Being dead as dead could be would not be so bad if it were with a group
of people such as you, and certainly not if it were with friends who
played the songs so well, and played them so faithfully.

Isn't that what it's all about? Finding a place in the world where we
can all say, honestly, that we're happy to be there, happy to be
ensconsed in a place where the music flows, everyone we meet is nice,
and no one can bitch about anything? Oh, and everyone "gets" the
lyrics? Yeah. Is there nothing so sweet as having someone you care
about looking in your eyes over a particular verse and you both just
"get it?" No more words spoken, nothing left to be said, you just both
get it.

Oh, listen, I went on an on and then I decided to spare you. And, as
Bugs Bunny used to say: That's all, Doc!

So, listen, find the words, find the lyrics and tunes, find whatever it
is that lets you be happy. Find it. Grab it. Go with it. Run with
it. Or one day you'll wake up and wonder where it all went. And that
would be a waste.

Ed

Jen

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Nov 14, 2002, 10:30:19 PM11/14/02
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>find the words, find the lyrics and tunes, find whatever it
>is that lets you be happy. Find it. Grab it. Go with it. Run with
>it. Or one day you'll wake up and wonder where it all went. And that
>would be a waste.

Eloquent as usual Ed! Very good advice indeed.

Jen

JohnHavir

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Nov 14, 2002, 10:57:21 PM11/14/02
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Hi,

Here are just a couple I don't thinks others have posted. Yes, this is a great
thread.

JH

"In my fashion I have been a good man
I have loved and I have lost" - In My Fashion

"I don't believe in miracles if it's all the same by you Your wishes would come
true if I had my say" - Drifters

"The days may come, the days may go
Like the dreams of love that we shared so long ago It's the time, it's the
place to realize that I was wrong It's too late, he wins and it's there that
you belong" (the whole song is great) - Its Too Late He Wins

"I'd take a place in the country But for now the old back yard Looks to me like
fifty acres Of the roundest ground in town " - Lazy Morning

Tony Wesley

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Nov 15, 2002, 12:23:08 AM11/15/02
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"Telekidd" <tele...@aol.com> wrote in message
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(I changed the title because this isn't a Gordon tune. But
your words struck a resonant chord with me)

I will bellow like the thunder drum, invoke the storm of war
a twisting pillar spun of dust and blood up from the prairie floor
I will sweep the foe before me like a gale out on the snow
and the wind will long recount the story, reverence and glory, when I go

From "When I Go"
by Dave Carter, August 13, 1952 - July 19, 2002
r.i.p.


Telekidd

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Nov 15, 2002, 1:31:16 AM11/15/02
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>So, listen, find the words, find the lyrics and tunes, find whatever it
>is that lets you be happy. Find it. Grab it. Go with it. Run with
>it. Or one day you'll wake up and wonder where it all went. And that
>would be a waste

Beautifully said, Ed. This made my night.
Derek

Telekidd

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Nov 15, 2002, 1:36:38 AM11/15/02