Guitar Slinger with a Distinctive Voice

November 29, 2015

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I’m not sure why I never really got into Gordon Lightfoot. Maybe cuz he’s from Toronto. Maybe cuz he holds his guitar too high (like a young Ted Nugent). Maybe because when I was young his songs were played on the ‘easy listening’ stations.

BTW I worked with a guy that’s crazy about Lightfoot…(raises right eyebrow).

But as I age and mellow I appreciate his stuff more…

Message to the “1972 Gordon”: Stay away from groupies named Smith….but if you can’t resist, a great little song will come of it. And…”Go Red”!

Oly sent me looking for a cover of ‘Summer Side of Life’ and found this post by murrough mcbride (over an hour long….so like Brad Roberts says: keep your pyjamas on, grab a coffee, put down your T.S. Eliot and have a listen).

Gordon Lightfoot in concert – 1972 – BBC

from chordae.com:

I especially like the use of E major as a transition chord in this:

Summer Side Of Life
Gordon Lightfoot

C G F C
1st verse: He came down through fields of grain on the summer side of life

G F C
His love was ripe

C G F C
There was no illusions on the summer side of life

G F C E
Only tender ness

Am G/B F E
Chorus: And if you saw him now

Am G/B F C F C F
You wonder why– ahahy– ahahy he cried the whole day long

2nd verse: There were young girls everywhere on the summer side of life

They talked all night

To the young men that they knew on the summer side of life

Goin off to fight

Chorus: And if you saw them now C F C F,C,G/B,C

You wonder why–ahahy–ahahy they would cry the whole day long

3rd verse: He came down through fields of grain on the summer side of life

He prayed all night

Then he walked in to a house where love had been misplaced

His chance to waste

Chorus: And if you saw him now

You wonder why–ahahy–ahahy he would cry the whole day long

Fade out: And if you saw him now

You wonder why–ahahy–ahahy

And if you saw him now

You wonder why–ahahy–ahahy

And if you saw him now

You wonder why–ahahy–ahahy

And if you saw him now

You wonder why–ahahy–ahahy

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