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1[[quoteright:320:]] 께->''"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."''께Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr., [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CC, OOnt]] (born November 17, 1938) is one of the best, and best-known, folk-rock {{Singer Songwriter}}s to come out of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}.께The Ontario native first emerged in [[TheSixties the early '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).께----께!!Studio discography:* ''Lightfoot!'' (1966)* ''The Way I Feel'' (1967)* ''Did She Mention My Name?'' (1968)* ''Back Here on Earth'' (1968)* ''Sit Down Young Stranger'' aka ''If You Could Read My Mind'' (1970)* ''Summer Side of Life'' (1971)* ''Don Quixote'' (1972)* ''Old Dan's Records'' (1972)* ''Sundown'' (1974)* ''Cold on the Shoulder'' (1975)* ''Summertime Dream'' (1976)* ''Endless Wire'' (1978)* ''Dream Street Rose'' (1980)* ''Shadows'' (1982)* ''Salute'' (1983)* ''East of Midnight'' (1986)* ''Waiting for You'' (1993)* ''A Painter Passing Through'' (1998)* ''Harmony'' (2004)* ''Solo'' (2020)께----께!!"What a tale my Tropes could tell":* AwesomeMccoolname: Lightfoot is his real last name.* BadassBeard: He sported one for much of the '70s.* BreakupSong: "If You Could Read My Mind"* CanadaEh: Throws many Canadian references into his songs, and has done several songs about Canadian history, most famously "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" (which was commissioned by the {{Creator/CBC}} for a TV special celebrating Canada's centennial in 1967). He also sometimes pronounces words with a Canadian accent; one example is in "The Wreck of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald''" where he pronounces Michigan's largest city as "De-troy-et" instead of the typical American pronunciation "Deh-troyt".* ChristmasSongs: ** "Song for a Winter's Night" wasn't specifically written as one of these, but has come to be embraced as such and covered on a few other artists' Christmas albums.** "Circle of Steel" is more of an AntiChristmasSong, depicting as it does a poor welfare mother whose husband or boyfriend is in prison, and who spends her Christmas sitting alone in a rat-infested tenement, drinking gin and waiting for the authorities to take custody of her newborn child. * DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Gord's Gold'', with the first LP containing re-recorded versions of songs he first recorded for United Artists and the second featuring original Reprise recordings including the hits "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," "Carefree Highway," and "Rainy Day People" among others.* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first singles for Chateau Records were standard early-'60s pop, with Lightfoot later confessing that they sounded like they could've been done by Pat Boone.* EpicRocking: "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" and "The Wreck of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald''" both extend past the six-minute mark.* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, most notably ''Gord's Gold'' (1975).* GriefSong: Defied with "Old Dan's Records", which is about remembering a passed friend by dancing to his record collection.* HeavyMeta: "The Minstrel of the Dawn" is about a guitar player.* IWillWaitForYou: "Bitter Green" is about a woman who pines away waiting for her lover. He gets there after she dies.* LiveAlbum: ''Sunday Concert'' (1969), ''All Live'' (2012)* 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.* 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. * LyricalDissonance: ** "Ribbon of Darkness", a jolly-sounding song, complete with whistling, about how the singer's lover left him.** "Bitter Green", a very pretty tune about [[IWillWaitForYou a woman who pines away waiting for her lover to return]]. [[TearJerker He arrives soon after she dies.]]* NiceGuy: "Rainy Day People" is about [[TrueCompanions friends there for ya no matter what.]]* NonActorVehicle: Had a major role as a US Marshal in the 1982 [[TheWestern Western]] ''[[,_Desperado Harry Tracy]]'', starring Creator/BruceDern.* NonIndicativeName: Bitter Green took her nickname from the forest she took her walks in, not from her attitude.* OddFriendship: Fellow Canadian Creator/AlanThicke was a close friend.* 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.* 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.* PublicDomainCharacter: "Literature/DonQuixote", which imagines him doing battle against various modern social ills.* 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".* ShapedLikeItself: In "The Wreck of the ''Edmund Fitzgerald''":-->''As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most.''* SnowySleighBells: Heard in "Song for a Winter's Night".* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Renowned for his uncluttered music (he didn't even add a drummer to his band until after he became famous) and his sincere, direct lyrics.* TrainSong: "Canadian Railroad Trilogy", which was commissioned by the CBC for Canada's centennial in 1967. "Steel Rail Blues" also counts.* WanderlustSong: "Carefree Highway", which even uses the word "wanderlust". Many others also fit the trope, like "Early Mornin' Rain", "The Mountains and Maryann", "Long Thin Dawn", and "Alberta Bound".* YourCheatingHeart: "Sundown".----


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