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* LongRunners: Lightfoot has had a career so lengthy that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pleased to point out that Lightfoot performed at the national Canadian centennial celebratory concert in 1967 and at the nation's sesquicentennial in 2017.


* MoneyDearBoy: Lightfoot, in his own words, was "irate" about the label's plan to change the title of his album "Sit Down Young Stranger" (which was not selling) to "If You Could Read My Mind" after the latter single charted - even going so far as to fly out to LA to have the label explain themselves. They told him the name change was "the difference between x and 7x". Needless to say, the name was changed and he got his 7x.

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* MoneyDearBoy: Lightfoot, in his own words, was "irate" about the label's plan to change the title of his album "Sit Down Young Stranger" (which was not selling) to "If You Could Read My Mind" after the latter single charted - even going so far as to fly out to LA to have the label explain themselves. They told him the name change was "the difference between x and 7x". Needless to say, the name was changed and he got his 7x.


* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "Black Day in July" (about the 1967 Detroit riots) and "The Wreck of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald''" (about a 1975 shipwreck on Lake Superior), both written and recorded shortly after the actual events happened. In the latter case, he literally drew most of song's details from a ''Newsweek'' article about the shipwreck.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "Black Day in July" (about the 1967 Detroit riots) and "The Wreck of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald''" (about a 1975 shipwreck on Lake Superior), both written and recorded shortly after the actual events happened. In the latter case, he literally drew most of song's details from a ''Newsweek'' article about the shipwreck. Also applies to his other shipwreck song, "Ballad of Yarmouth Castle".

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* ThePerfectionist: Gord was notorious among session musicians for demanding several takes as he refined the arrangements for his songs. Even before he got to the studio, he agonized over the music and lyrics.


* IWillWaitForYou: "Bitter Green" is about a woman who pines away waiting for her lover. He gets there after she dies.


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* IWillWaitForYou: "Bitter Green" is about a woman who pines away waiting for her lover. He gets there after she dies.


The Ontario native first emerged in [[TheSixties the early 1960s]] as a writer of hit songs for other artists, including Music/PeterPaulAndMary ("Early Mornin' Rain", "For Lovin' Me") and Music/MartyRobbins ("Ribbon of Darkness"). His own debut single was released in 1962, and he began releasing albums in 1966, but his best-known hits came in TheSeventies, including "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970), "Sundown" (1974), "Carefree Highway" (1974), "Rainy Day People" (1975), and "The Wreck of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald''" (1976).

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The Ontario native first emerged in [[TheSixties the early 1960s]] '60s]] as a writer of hit songs for other artists, including Music/PeterPaulAndMary ("Early Mornin' Rain", "For Lovin' Me") and Music/MartyRobbins ("Ribbon of Darkness"). His own debut single was released in 1962, and he began releasing albums in 1966, but his best-known hits came in TheSeventies, including "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970), "Sundown" (1974), "Carefree Highway" (1974), "Rainy Day People" (1975), and "The Wreck of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald''" (1976).

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->''"I'm a little nuts. I'm a lot nuts. All I know is that in the midst of the madness of this world it's my therapy. The music touches my heartstrings."''


* TrainSong: "Canadian Railroad Triolgy", which was commissioned by the CBC for Canada's centennial in 1967. "Steel Rail Blues" also counts.

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* TrainSong: "Canadian Railroad Triolgy", Trilogy", which was commissioned by the CBC for Canada's centennial in 1967. "Steel Rail Blues" also counts.


* LocationSong: Played with in "Carefree Highway". He saw a freeway exit sign for Carefree Highway, which goes to the town of Carefree, Arizona, and realized it would be a great title for a WanderlustSong.

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* LocationSong: Played with in "Carefree Highway". He saw a freeway exit sign for Carefree Highway, which goes to the town of Carefree, Arizona, and realized it would be a great title for a WanderlustSong. Played straight with Couchiching, about Lake Couchiching in central Ontario.


* TrainSong: "Canadian Railroad Triolgy", which was commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railroad for Canada's centennial in 1967. "Steel Rail Blues" also counts.

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* TrainSong: "Canadian Railroad Triolgy", which was commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railroad CBC for Canada's centennial in 1967. "Steel Rail Blues" also counts.

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* ProtestSong: "Black Day In July" about racial equality. "Ode to Big Blue" for the environment and whaling. "Boss Man" is a tribute to striking songs from earlier in the century. "Lost Children" and "Sit Down Young Stranger" are softer examples speaking on war and the generation gap.

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* BadassBeard: He sported one for much of the '70s.


Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. (born November 17, 1938), [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CC, OOnt]], is one of the best, and best-known, folk-rock {{Singer Songwriter}}s to come out of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}.

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Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. (born November 17, 1938), Lightfoot Jr., [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CC, OOnt]], OOnt]] (born November 17, 1938) is one of the best, and best-known, folk-rock {{Singer Songwriter}}s to come out of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}.

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