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The Edmund Fitzgerald Remembered

40 years ago, on November 10, 1975, the cargo ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior near Whitefish Point off the coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. There are several theories as to what may have caused the ship to sink in a flash, but the actual reason will likely never be known. The remains of the 29 crew members were never recovered.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Gordon Lightfoot
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

2.12.2014

Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

Here’s a blast from the bast! This was in one of my 3rd grade music class books. My whole class had to sing it, I figured it was just some song some school company wrote. Well, it was good back then, and it’s good now. 

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Gordon Lightfoot ~  “ If You Could Read My Mind” ( Lyrics)

If you could read my mind love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie,
‘Bout a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet.
You know that ghost is me.
And I will never be set free,
As long as I’m a ghost that you can’t see.

If I could read your mind love,
What a tale your thoughts could tell.
Just like a paperback novel,
The kind the drugstores sell.
When you reach the part where the heartaches come,
the hero would be me.
Heroes often fail.
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s just too hard to take.

I walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script.
Enter number two,
A movie queen to play the scene
Of bringing all the good things out in me,
But for now love lets be real.

I never thought I could act this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it.
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feelings gone and I just can’t get it back.

If you could read my mind love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie
'Bout a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet,
The story always ends.
If you read between the lines
You’ll know that I’m just trying to understand
The feeling that you LACK.

I never thought I could feel this way
And I got to say that I just don’t get it.
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feelings gone
And I just can’t get it back.

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On this day in music history: June 29, 1974 - “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks on June 8, 1974. Written by Gordon Lightfoot, it is the biggest hit for the Canadian born folk rock singer, songwriter and musician. The title track of his tenth album, the song is written about Lightfoot’s painful break up from former girlfriend Cathy Evelyn Smith, who later becomes infamous as the woman who kills comedian John Belushi in March of 1982, by injecting him with and accidentally overdosing him with a speed ball (a combination of heroin and cocaine). “Sundown” re-establishes Lightfoot in the US charts some three years after he scored his first hit with “If You Could Read My Mind”, having been sidelined in 1972 by a bout of Bell’s Palsy, partially paralyzing part of his face. Released as a single in late February of 1974, it becomes a hit on AC radio before crossing over to the pop Top 40. Entering the Hot 100 at #83 on April 13, 1974, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. The huge success of “Sundown”, also propels the accompanying album (of the same name) to the top of the Billboard Top 200 for two weeks beginning on June 22, 1974. “Sundown” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Gordon Lightfoot ~ If You Could Read My Mind…..

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Does anyone know where the love of God goes

when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

On November 10th 1975 the 729 foot long ore carrier Edmond Fitzgerald went down in a hurricane like storm that had 80 mph winds and 25 foot waves with rouge waves as high as 35 feet. Battered by the storm the Fitzgerald was trying to reach the safety of Whitefish Bay. 

The last message from the Fitzgerald was from the captain who radioed, “We are holding our own.” Minutes later the Fitzgerald vanished from radar. No distress call was given. She was only 17 miles from Whitefish Bay. Now she lies 530 feet down at the bottom of Lake Superior along with her crew of 29.

Enjoy this wonderfully touching story song, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, by Gordon Lightfoot (1976)

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumme

Superior, they said, never gives up her dead

When the gales of November come early.