No Sundown in Sight for Gordon Lightfoot


True Folk Music never dies. These are songs that tell a story. Much like Country music or Rap but the difference is they are not soon forgotten when another comes along. They are woven into our lives and memories. Try getting Puff The Magic Dragon or Blowin’ in the Wind out of your head, it won’t work.

Canadian, Gordon Lightfoot personifies true, traditional Folk music. He’s had music bust out of the Folk charts and onto Pop, Country and others just for the sheer feeling they invoke. Everyone know the names of Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot and when the names are invoked, they posess a power that both soothes and excites us. Folk music is sing-along music. That’s how I can always tell. If a song is playing and everyone stops what they’re doing and sings along as a group of strangers with now, something in common… that’s Folk.


Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind, inspired by his divorce is a song that invokes real feelings for those who hear it.

Sundown went to #1 in 1974 on the Billboard charts and hit the Country charts big. Play it on a jukebox somewhere and watch the room quiet down. Interestingly, Sundown was inspired by Gordon’s then girlfriend, Cathy Smith who is most famous (infamous?) for her role in the death of John Belushi.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald took its isnpiration right out of Newsweek Magazine and tells the story of the 1975 sinking of the USS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. If Folk music tells a story, this is a great example.

And when you’re on a road trip and Carefree Highway comes on the radio, everyone in the car is practically screaming the song.

Lightfoot has produced 20 albums from Lightfoot! in 1966 through Harmony in 2004. That’s staying power, but the really good news is that he’s never stopped touring. He tours in 18 month increments and the next leg of his current tour takes on the South East U.S. in February 2008.

This is a timeless man singing timeless music, reaching generations of listeners. If you see him in person, prepare yourself for a bad sore throat. You’ll be singing your hearts out. Make sure you introduce this music to the next generation. This is our way of passing down stories from the past.

There is a very informative fan site at with all you’ll need to know about buying music or if you’re lucky enough, seeing him in person.


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13 Responses to “No Sundown in Sight for Gordon Lightfoot”

  1. Edward Says:

    he’s very good.. i like his music

  2. Myron Severa Says:

    I grew up with Gordon Lightfoot. As a school kid, I can recall the Pittsburgh radio station, KDKA, never missed a school morning without a song from Gordon Lightfoot. Now, when I hear his music, it takes me back to a more innocent time. He is one of the most talented, remarkable musicians, the world will ever be blessed with.

  3. Robert from England Says:

    Gordon Lightfoot has been my music hero for more than 30 years now. He is a class act. All those great melodies with poetic lyrics, not to mention such strong imagery, testify to his great talent. I love his voice too– it may sound a little world-weary these days but it is full of character and honesty.Like Bob Dylan said, “When I hear one of his songs it’s like I wish it would last forever!”

  4. Dennis from Oak View Says:

    Ditto Robert from England – A fan of GL for over 43 years (since my night job at Jennings-Hansen), GL is my #1 favorite entertainer of all time. I have worn out several of his CDs (3 of Gords Gold) and still have most all of his 33 rpm albums. I have been to several GL concerts in So. Cal. and one in Las Vegas (front row table). I hope to see another soon. He is the best!

  5. Harry Says:

    Gordon is beyond a legend. When you say “Canada”, in the same breath, you have to utter three names in music, “Gordon Lightfoot”, “The Guess Who”, and “Anne Murray”. I had a query about him in my guest book from South Africa some years ago! Legend, icon, High Priest of Canadian Music, etc…call him what you will. I call Gordon’s music “Magic”!

  6. Charles Brantley Says:

    Saw and heard Gordon last night in Spartanburg, SC. 2nd of 10 city tour. Good show. Good music from some very talented musicians. Brought back a lot of memories.

  7. Nino Says:

    Wow what an extremely talented man. His music & lyrics have such pathos. I wish he would visit Australia soon.

  8. Gary De Nobrega Says:

    I just saw Gordon last Friday night 06/25/2010, at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach. He walked onto the stage with no fan fair, just a man going to work. He started singing and the crowd just listened! After a few songs he began to speak to the audiance telling a little bit about his life and the songs he was about to sing. Right across the isle from me a man stood and applauded after each song. You could tell this man truely loved Gordon and his music. Gordon sang a few more songs and I noticed that the audiance was becoming more mesmermized with him and how casual he was in his performance. Gordon introduced his back up band which displayed the love he has for each one of them. A true professional ! That intro. is what brought back the memories of concerts in the past where the entertainer actually conversed with the audiance. It was something out of the 1960s and 70s and I felt very cozy and welcomed by yes, the entertainer. Gordon’s easy way of speaking with the audiance, playing his songs and listening to some of the crowds comments and then actually commenting back is well appreciated. This is something that is a lost art. In between songs and in a brief moment of silence, I yelled out, we love you Gordon. Gordon tilted his head, searched for the area from which this came and proudly responded by saying, ” thank you” “this is why we continue to play”. I left the theater in a mellow but lifted mood. It was a great evening with a great man simply going to work. I think he portrays this image and certainly shows a humble side !! We may not be able to READ YOUR MIND but we do love ya Gordon !

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