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Old 10-04-2009, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hello
My father wrote a beautiful tribute song to Gordon Lightfoot, called "Lightfootin' It"; some of you may have heard him play it. Would anyone like to record it with him, with the goal of somehow getting it to Gordon Lightfoot? We live in the Toronto area. He would enquire himself, but he currently has no access to this forum.
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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sounds quite familiar April...who is your dad? I'm drawing a blank!
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:06 PM   #3
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sounds quite familiar April...who is your dad? I'm drawing a blank!
It rang a bell with me also, so I did a search (Ma'am please set a better example) and found this thread:

http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread...%27#post133920
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:11 PM   #4
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Good work in finding this RM. It was something I remembered hearing also, the Lightfootin.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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ah yes - I remember now..I think Ray did this at a jam session at the Delta a few years ago too. And there may be a picture of him playing it..

If I do all the work/searches then you guys will never learn to do it on your own..


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Old 10-05-2009, 05:43 AM   #6
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Hello
My father wrote a beautiful tribute song to Gordon Lightfoot, called "Lightfootin' It"; some of you may have heard him play it. Would anyone like to record it with him, with the goal of somehow getting it to Gordon Lightfoot? We live in the Toronto area. He would enquire himself, but he currently has no access to this forum.
April
Ray was gonna send a copy of the Okom Missionaries, Vol 3

haven't seem him post in some time and not sure if the yahoo group is still active...what part of the GTA?

the lyrics to his fine tune are in this thread (plus other tribute song lyrics and links)

...maybe there should be a link off the home page to GL tribute lyrics, etc...i'm not sure why there is a direct link to the Live8 but might as well turn it into a full multimedia links section so newbies (and oldbies) don't have to search

http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread...191#post134191


LIGHTFOOTIN'--Ray Murray

Now here's to you, you ol' son-of-a-gun
You taught me how to play when I was so young
From the Early Morning Rain, to Sundown's last refrain
I played all night long with ol' Lightfoot
So I bought your records, and I bought your books
I put the records on and I opened up them books
I turned the turn-table on
when I wrapped my guitar around me and I played along

Chorus:

So don't leave me here to play for myselve
I really get bored just doin' that stuff
Come'on Gord, You Are What I Am
I'm Alberta Bound on a Summer Breeze
Daylight Katy humming in my ear
Hope to play this for you next year

2nd Verse

So here's to thirty-odd years playing with you
Here's to All The Lovely Ladies you taught too
Here's to Somewhere USA, Just Looking At The Rain
Don't for get Cotton Jenny on your way back home

Repeat Chorus:[/quote]



although the Cormier and Finnan tribute lyrics are in that thread, Ray mentions the Guess Who tribute....lyrics are here:

________________________________________

(Bachman/Cummings/Matheson)

Sidemen come out first
John Stockfish base guitar
Looks at the world through the eyes of Nashville,
The Riverboat and Charlie McCoy
He's just a boy

The lead guitarist Red Shea who's really come a long, long way
since rythym rocker jingle jangle
And go Red!

And Lightfoot
Edwardian, suddenly striped
His hair blondish and poetic
He is less than vinyl perfect
His foot is a precise anchor for the husk and vibrance of his voice

He is the image of Alberta
The side street near Chicago
The grim beauty of Toronto

He is an artist
He is an artist
He is an artist painting sistine masterpieces of pine and fur and backwoods
Still echos long ago the winter night of black july and then the outcome
Of an early cleveland rainfall

I sit softly among the rest waiting there for him to paint his pictures
And as the go-go girl went round and our heads were in a spin I thought about
The Crossroads, In the Early Morning Rain and Rosanna

I'm not saying that I'm sory
I'm just telling you this story
And when Lightfoot's magic calls
You can write it on your walls
'Cause that's what walls are for

He is an artist.



________________________________________

and another by tswish63:

TUNESMITH

Like th' blacksmith fashions iron, like th' woodright carves the oak,
Like a painter mixing colors, giving life with stroke;
A singer for the ages, a teller of th' times,
A tunesmith crafting melodies with rhythms and with rhymes.

There's wanderlust an' love that's lost, there's many tales to tell,
He makes his living spinning yarns and few have done as well;
From trains out of Ontario to ships out on th' sea,
With wilderness scenarios an' tales of tragedy.

So all th' lovely ladies and ye drifters come on in,
Settle back an' lend an ear, th' minstrel will begin;
When all the sound is set just right, an' every string is tuned,
He'll strum a chord an' cast a spell and then he owns th' room.

So listen as he sings about the sun that's goin' down,
Wondrin' if his love is bein' true or creepin' 'round;

Ridin' down that hi'way in a carefree state of mind,
Out in Arizona, leave your troubles all behind;

Then it's early in th' morning and th' rain is all you see,
An' anyplace but where you are is where you wanna be;

The lamp's burnin' on the table as the snow begins to fall,
It sounds better than a thunderstorm in Cleveland after all;

He bleeds maple syrup, he's a true son of th' North,
Here's to the man, here's to the songs for everything they're worth;

An inspiration to us all, Orillia's favorite son,
A gentle, simple troubador when all is said an' done;
A true, blue-blooded troubador when all is said an' done.



________________________________________

...and KHester did a nice poem also and gave it to him:

Ode To Gordon

If you could read our minds
What a tale your fans could tell
All about your music
And why we choose it.
We’d listen in a castle dark or a fortress strong
But usually at home or in the car it’s your music we take along From our second cup of coffee
Driving through the early morning rain
Or in a ship, train or plane
As the evening shadows signal the approaching sundown
We know that we’re homeward and not Alberta bound
Looking forward with delight
To putting on a CD and listening to you on a cold winter’s night

And what did we get for loving you?
Music that brought a tear to our eyes and a smile to our lips
Music that touched our hearts and stirred our souls
Music that has brought us so much pleasure
as we listen measure by measure,
It has given us a lifetime of memories to treasure

Kevin D. Hester


________________________________________

JP CORMIER
The Poet

I remember the lonely poet that slipped in through my door.
His shadow lean and hungry lying on my parlor floor.
The world lay in shades of gray upon his pencil tip
And I rushed to catch the truth that was falling from his lips.

Well I don't know how he got there, when he came, he came alone.
Stealing through the dusty cracks of my brother's gramophone.
Sailing through the bitter green on rails made of steel.
He made a young boy's dreams of flying seem that they were real.

And he spoke to me in pictures I clearly understood.
I'd have to face my story, be it bad or good.
And though I never wore his clothes, I've tried to fill his shoes,
'Cause he made me want to be a poet too.

Well he spoke of love and soldiers and the reasons why we lose.
The things that bring us happiness are things that we must choose.
He left the answers lying in the early morning rain,
And the likes of that young stranger will not be seen again.

Now I'm a lonely poet just like he was before.
My shadow's lean and hungry lying on the parlor floor.
And I wonder if he knows the seed his wisdom left behind,
Growing like a flower in the shadows of my mind.



________________________________________

AENGUS FINNAN
Lightfoot

On the road that lies before us, from sea to shining sea
There’s a voice in the distance that beckons “follow me”

And it’s there within the forest, and beneath the silver moon
And it whistles in the wires with the memory of a tune

Well you tread this country Lightfoot, and you took a mighty stand
When you saw in her a beauty and you held her rugged hand

From her shield and her shoreline, you gathered in rhyme
Tender words that told her story, they linger yet in time

Ever will this land remember
Ever will your name be strong
Ever will the true north ring
With the glory of your song

Through the wide and rolling prairies, to the lights of Massey Hall
You sang about a people, dreamers one and all

And you climbed the highest mountains, felt the early morning rain
You traveled to the southland, but came back home again

Ever will this land remember
Ever will your name be strong
Ever will the true north ring
With the glory of your song

Long gone, the Riverboat and Yorkville Days
Long gone, the lines the navies laid
Long gone, lovers and the carefree highway
Still here are the tracks you made

Ever will this land remember
Ever will your name be strong
Ever will the true north ring
With the glory of your song
Ever will Canada
Sing the glory of your song


________________________________________

ED MULLEN
“it began as a poem I did while musing about Gordon Lightfoot's 60th birthday in 1998” http://edmullen.net/mp3/Ed_Mullen-Ma..._-_Courses.mp3

CATHY COWETTE
http://cathycowette.com/rams/10-Toronto-In-May-clip.ram

WAYNE FRANCIS
http://www.lightfoot.ca/t2track.htm





so that makes about half a dozen tributes, well done authors
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:46 AM   #7
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and here is the Wayne Francis Tribute (the first I had heard since the Guess Who's)


Weaver of the Moonlight

In he strolls with his whiskered chin, he's out of another time His old guitar looks battered and well used
But the strings still have a ring to them, as they dance to every rhyme
And capture every ear that is tuned in to someone's mind

The table that he sits before's like any stage I've seen
There sits his hat and weathered gear
And there is no one around this room who'd trade away tonight
As they listen to the stories about everywhere he's been

His foot taps on the floor below and his fingers find the notes
His face lights up when something moves his heart
And he sings of many legends, from old minstrels he does quote
And I can't believe the reverance that greets each new tale he starts

He seems the surest remedy for when you're feeling down
Uplifted by the honesty you see
And by the words he brings to you, you'll find your way around
He's been the fool and wise man and yet through it all he's free

So stranger tell us secrets that are locked behind your eyes
Though some are painful thoughts you must recall
And tell us of the world you've known, in sunshine or disguise
The transparency of fortunes and how little love it buys

Oh weaver of the moonlight, is it true your magic ends
With the first dim rays that beckon morning light
And is it true you'll travel far with just your songs to lend
To anyone who feels the need to smile or call you friend

In he strolls with his whiskered chin, he's out of another time
His old guitar looks battered and well used
But the strings still have a ring to them, as they dance to every rhyme
And capture every ear that is tuned in to someone's mind
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:02 AM   #8
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"so that makes about half a dozen tributes, well done authors"
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And probably more to come ?
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:12 PM   #9
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Wow, that's impressive team work... Yes, Ray Murray is my father, and that is his song. He is looking for other musicians in the Toronto area who are willing to record his song with us. He lives in the Yonge/St. Clair area.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:33 PM   #10
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Wow, that's impressive team work.
Alas ! There are no prizes.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:15 PM   #11
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ah yes - I remember now..I think Ray did this at a jam session at the Delta a few years ago too. And there may be a picture of him playing it..

If I do all the work/searches then you guys will never learn to do it on your own..


Ron gets an A+ ... the + is for initiative to research things on his own!
After many, many attempts at trying to get back on the GL forum I finally succeeded.
I guess I get an "A" for persistant effort, eh Char?....lol
About the Lightfootin' tribute song, my daughter April is adament that I make a pitch to The Lightheads to re-record the song and hopefully present it to our man on his next return to Massey Hall here in Toronto.
She and I know it's probably just a pipe dream, but wherever I play the song at the Open Jams, I get very inspiring solo-breaks in response from musicians who like the song. So, in short, I'd like to record Lightfootin' with The Lightheads as The Lightheads.

Good too be back,
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:52 PM   #12
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Hi ya'l, I'm back on board. I wrote what my intentions were regarding my daughter, April's post, but I doubt anyone would notice that it was there as it was at the bottom of the thread. I hope this reply will bring it to list members attention to scroll down and read what I wrote, as I'm too tired to write it all over again.

Lightfootin' on the move,
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Old 10-15-2009, 05:58 AM   #13
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[About the Lightfootin' tribute song, my daughter April is adament that I make a pitch to The Lightheads to re-record the song and hopefully present it to our man on his next return to Massey Hall here in Toronto.]


Hey Ray,

I hope you can re-record the song & be able to present it to Mr. Gordon Lightfoot...

I like to type that name ! lol
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:42 PM   #14
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I hear ya, Jesse.....just typing those letters is an inspiration in it's self.
I'm wayout in left field, just Lightfootin' around CyberSpace tonight

Check into http:www.myspace.com/okom
You'll find a Lightfootin' video there and an Eddy Lives video as well

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AENGUS FINNAN
Lightfoot

On the road that lies before us, from sea to shining sea
There’s a voice in the distance that beckons “follow me”
I believe the opening line to Aengus Finnan's tribute song titled "Lightfoot" is
"On the road that lies before us, from east to western sea" (rather than "On the road that lies before us, from sea to shining sea").

My favourite tribute songs about Lightfoot (in order) are:

1. "Gordon" (2013) by Don Coleman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxuprrQACZk

2. "Lightfoot" (1968) by The Guess Who: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnfgQiDcbvk

3. "Lightfoot" (2003) by Aengus Finnan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpP7ccaM_rc

4. "The Poet" (2005) by J.P. Cormier (I couldn't find a link, but the track is available on J.P. Cormier's terrific album "The Long River, A Personal Tribute" to Gordon Lightfoot")

I'm curious to know whether others have a favourite tribute song about Lightfoot.
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I favour the one by Aengus.
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