Gordon Lightfoot – Canadian Railroad Trilogy

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Usually I only go for trilogies called ‘Lick My Love Pump,’ but Canadian folk royal Gordon Lightfoot‘s thoughtful homage shows off his vocal and songwriting chops, not to mention endurance.

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.


2 thoughts on “Gordon Lightfoot – Canadian Railroad Trilogy

    Gnossos said:
    July 15, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    The versions without the orchestral strings are the best. One of the greatest sounds to the human ear is a big booming 12 string.

      wes responded:
      July 15, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      re: the 12-string indeed, and Gord’s was thunderous.

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