Gordon Lightfoot is one of the great songwriters of the 60's and 70's era of folk-rock. The songs he recorded and the songs of his that others recorded are immortal. So many others recorded his songs that when you start to realize how many of the songs you heard on the radio, in your friends' dorm rooms, and at festivals were written by this one person... it's overwhelming. To borrow the rundown from Wikipedia:

His songs have been recorded by renowned artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, The Grateful Dead, Nico, and Olivia Newton-John.

Wikipedia: Gordon Lightfoot

Such a prolific writer, that I suppose I should not be surprised there are still great songs of his floating around that I hadn't yet heard. This one only came to my ears for the first time a few weeks ago.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F