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Lightfoot is original, and one of most authentic folk singers of all time! Many followed his lead… Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, and many other greats cite this man as a main influence. Thank you Gordon, for setting a high bar for all who came after you!
- Used to watch this ship plow through the Livingston Channel in the Detroit River in front of my house south of Detroit. It was much longer than its predecessors. As a kid I dreamed of working on such a boat. Used to take my boat up alongside.
- There’s a somewhat similar vessel docked at the Great Science Museum in Cleveland, just a stone’s throw from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A few artifacts and replicas from the Edmund Fitzgerald are on display there
- I remember when it happened, and later Gordon’s song, then 30 years later the book, Mighty Fitz, what a sad tale. My interest was piqued, so we visited the shipwreck museum at Whitefish Bay, where they have the Bell and other artifacts of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The life at sea, and on big water is a rough life. Thanks Gordon for memorializing and honoring them. Thanks Jimmy.
- Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?”…exquisite when a lyric this rich adds a rhythmic element. Two good guys from my hometown Ashtabula, Ohio perished on the Edmund Fitzgerald. This song has always resonated with me.
This song haunted me as a young kid and I’m still fascinated by it today. (It also jumpstarted my interest in ships). I finally got a chance to see Gordon Lightfoot sing this live in concert several years back—what a captivating performance!
One of those singles that grabs you and forces you to listen to it. And after you’ve heard it, you’re grateful. And you want to hear it again and again and again. Beautifully recorded.
The new documentary “If You Could Read My Mind” is worth watching. In it Lightfoot tells the story of writing this as he and his band were working on the album “Summertime Dream.” He brought it into the studio, and they decided to record it.