There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
Long before the white man and long before the wheel
When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
The resumption of the motif at 4:51, the tempo gradually building a head of steam, flying face-first across the prairies heading West…
This 1972 performance appeared first on the BBC. Lightfoot’s various studio renditions are worth a listen as well.