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Old 03-17-2005, 05:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" song meaning...

We went over dementia and delrium today in my geriatric medicine class. We talked about sundowning being a symptom of early Alzheimer's onset. I remembered the song Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot and wondered if he wrote this song about "sundowning". Does anyone know?
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Obviously you haven't listened to the song.
It would be a FAAAAAAAR stretch to say it was about dementia or delrium.

I can see her lyiní back in her satin dress
In a room where ya do what ya donít confess
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepiní íround my back stairs
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepiní íround my back stairs
Sheís been lookiní like a queen in a sailorís dream
And she donít always say what she really means
Sometimes I think itís a shame
When I get feeliní better when Iím feeliní no pain
Sometimes I think itís a shame
When I get feeliní better when Iím feeliní no pain

I can picture every move that a man could make
Getting lost in her loviní is your first mistake
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepiní íround my back stairs
Sometimes I think itís a sin
When I feel like Iím winniní when Iím losin again

I can see her lookiní fast in her faded jeans
Sheís a hard loviní woman, got me feeliní mean
Sometimes I think itís a shame
When I get feeliní better when Iím feeliní no pain
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepiní íround my back stairs
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepiní íround my back stairs
Sometimes I think itís a sin
When I feel like Iím winniní when Iím losiní again
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And now I know what will be running through my head for the rest of the day. At least it's a cool song this time.
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Another good band you don't hear much of..............
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I just downloaded that song off Warez a couple of weeks ago. Man...talk about memories! Love Gordon Lightfoot...what a voice.
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I like the remake version by Elwood better than the original. But I'm just a young whipper snapper.
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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"Every Highway" is another good tune by them.
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:17 AM   #8 (permalink)
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great song but in the summer of 1974 (boy I just dated my self) they played that thing into the ground seemed like it was on at least once an hour.
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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One of my favs by Gordon Lightfoot.
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The Wreck Of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Summertime Dream) 6:28

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee'
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early.

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ship's bell rang
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too,
T'was the witch of November come stealin'.
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the Gales of November came slashin'.
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
In the face of a hurricane west wind.

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'.
Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya.
At Seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in, he said
Fellas, it's been good t'know ya
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when his lights went outta sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
May have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the Gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral.
The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call 'Gitche Gumee'.
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early!
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The history/story of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
JB

http://www.corfid.com/gl/wreck.htm
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Crap. I just got rid of "Sundown" and you've got to bring the Fitzgerald up in here. I'll be weeks getting shed of that one.
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:46 AM   #12 (permalink)
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speaking of Gordon Lightfoot...

If anyone has the MP3 of "If you could read my mind" could you please email it to me at Concave8@aol.com? that'd be greeeeaat.

EDIT: Got it...Thanks!!!
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This cool ! An explaination of the lyrics.
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http://home.europa.com/~random7/fitz.htm#line
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For me, this guy sets the record for world's worst concert. Great songs, but when he was too drunk to sing 'em, the concert was a waste. That was back in the mid 80's. I'm suprised he hasn't pickled himself by now.
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The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is an excellent tune.
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:07 AM   #16 (permalink)
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It's funny that people say GL is good now. 10, 15 years ago I mostly heard how much people hated him, especially Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I bet years went by when that song saw no radio play outside of MI or Canuckland.
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"Every Highway" is another good tune by them.

The song is called "Carefree Highway"...not Every Highway
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