banner.gif (3613 Byte)

Corner.gif 1x1.gif Corner.gif
1x1.gif You are at: Home - Discussion Forum 1x1.gif
Corner.gif 1x1.gif Corner.gif
      
round_corner_upleft.gif (837 Byte) 1x1.gif (807 Byte) round_corner_upright.gif (837 Byte)
Old 09-02-2006, 11:06 PM   #1
Tom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Detroit, USA
Posts: 282
Default

I've been listening to some of the songs from "Harmony" the past few days. The song that jumps out for me is "River of Light". This song is truly another Lightfoot masterpiece...
"Headin’ off on a river of light, be a part of a river at night."
"Nice to be on a river at peace, Headin’ down where the water runs deep, down deep where
the fish are asleep"

Gord still has the knack!

I haven't heard "The No Hotel" yet...isn't that the song many fans were raving about that he was doing in concert around 2001?
__________________
\"...If YoU fEeL iT yOu BeTtEr BeLiEvE iT, yOu'Re GoNnA sEe It, YoU nEeD tO kNoW/iT iS rIsInG lIkE a FeAtHeR, dIpPiNg & DaNcInG fRoM bElOw/ThErE's A nEw WaVe ThAt Is BrEaKiNg In ThE wAkE oF a PaSsInG sHiP/eVeRy NaTiOn'S gOnNa Be ShAkEn, PuT iT tOgEtHeR, dOn'T lEt It SlIp...\"
Tom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2006, 12:57 AM   #2
joveski
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,804
Default

i agree about River of light... my favourite on an album i dont listen to that much
joveski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2006, 08:15 AM   #3
Jesse Joe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 6,872
Default

I agree Tom on, "River Of Light", he gets those poetic wheels in motion, on that one.

He does a great intro to, "The No Hotel," when you listen to it...

[ September 03, 2006, 10:33: Message edited by: Jesse -Joe ]
Jesse Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2006, 11:26 AM   #4
DJ in MJ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Posts: 331
Default

River Of Light and Shellfish are my top two favourite songs from Harmony.
DJ in MJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 05:37 PM   #5
Tom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Detroit, USA
Posts: 282
Default



Headin’ off on a river at peace, in the cool of an evenin' breeze,
Headin’ off on a river of light, campfire on a river at night.
Nice to be on a river sometimes, like a junebug travellin’ East,

Headin’ off on a ribbon of song, been away from the river too long, yeah
Good to be on a river somewhere, like a milkweed travellin’ there,

Headin’ off on a ribbon of dreams, be a part of a river it seems.
Can you tell me how long......must I travel?

I won’t be lookin’ up old friends
I won’t be lookin’ up old friends......Ever again!

I spent my life takin’ my time, and I can’t change any 'ol rhyme
Take a look at my river of light, be a part of a river at night.
Nice t’ be on a river at peace, like a junebug travellin’ East,
Headin’ off on a river at last, my tears will be all in the past, yeah
Good to be on a river somwhere, like a milkweed travellin’ there,
Headin’ down where the water runs deep, down deep where the fish are asleep, now
Can you tell me how long......must I travel?

I won’t be lookin’ up old friends,
I won’t be lookin’ up old friends......Ever again!

Trouble don’t mean nothin’ to me, and I had my share of TV,
Headin’ off on a river of light, be a part of a river at night, now
Nice to be on a river at peace, in the cool of an evenin' breeze,
Headin’ off on the silver moon light, maybe love’ll find me tonight, yeah.
Good to be on a river somwhere, like a milkweed travellin’ there.
Headin’ off on a ribbon of dreams, be a part of a river it seems.
Can you tell me how long......must I travel on?

I won’t be lookin’ up old friends,
I won’t be lookin’ up old friends......
Ever again!
Ever again!
Ever again!!

This is how I hear "River of Light"...the lyrics I relate to most is "I won’t be lookin’ up old friends......Ever again!" Sounds like a retirement dream to me. lol
Since moving to Florida 5 years ago, it's alot harder for me to get into Gordon Lightfoot music. His songs seem to fit in more with crisp, colder weather...not hot 90+ degree days & palm trees! When "Harmony" was released I downloaded "Inspiration Lady", which was a fine song, however, I was probably going through a valley in my relationship at the time & didn't see my wife as much of an inspiration. I recently got some more songs from the album & immeadiately fell in love with "River of Light". The second best song for me is "Sometimes I Wish" followed by "End of All Time". I hope it's not his last album.

[ September 04, 2006, 17:50: Message edited by: Tom ]
__________________
\"...If YoU fEeL iT yOu BeTtEr BeLiEvE iT, yOu'Re GoNnA sEe It, YoU nEeD tO kNoW/iT iS rIsInG lIkE a FeAtHeR, dIpPiNg & DaNcInG fRoM bElOw/ThErE's A nEw WaVe ThAt Is BrEaKiNg In ThE wAkE oF a PaSsInG sHiP/eVeRy NaTiOn'S gOnNa Be ShAkEn, PuT iT tOgEtHeR, dOn'T lEt It SlIp...\"
Tom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006, 03:45 AM   #6
Jesse Joe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 6,872
Default

This looks like a place where a man could find Peace.




This Tom, is a perfect pic for, "River Of Light."
What a beautiful photo. ~ Jesse.~

[ September 05, 2006, 04:53: Message edited by: Jesse -Joe ]
Jesse Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 08:07 PM   #7
Sydney Steve
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Sydney NSW Australia
Posts: 298
Default

Tom writes :
Quote:
Sounds like a retirement dream to me. lol
I love "River of Light" - the best on Harmony easily IMO ...but I reckon the song is a about death - a rather permanent type of retirement....

The metaphors abound in there about the journey and the fact that it is a solo one.

There I've lightened up another thread!!! :D

Thats my take anyway...
__________________
Inventor and highly successful user of the " Reverse Polarity Chick Magnet" !
Female Repulsion Proven for 50 + years !
Sydney Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2006, 09:16 PM   #8
Shutup and Deal, I'm Losin'
spammer
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Somewhere U.S.A.
Posts: 936
Default

River Of Light and Sometimes I Wish are the best songs on Harmony.
Shutup and Deal, I'm Losin' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2006, 09:44 PM   #9
Tom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Detroit, USA
Posts: 282
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Sydney Steve:

The metaphors abound in there about the journey and the fact that it is a solo one.
[/QB]
Sydney Steve, I guess you can make an argument for the song being about a "permanent retirement", but I don't. He may be asking how long he'll have to "travel on" solo...but he's still looking/hoping for a special lady to travel with him: "Headin’ off on the silver moon light, maybe love’ll find me tonight"


Jesse-Joe...yes, if that were me in the picture, I'd just keep following that "river of light" to the Source.....somewhere east of midnight!


I'd rather be in Biscuit City
With my banjo in my hand
Than take a big vacation
In some foreign land
Cause the sound of my own breathing
has been turning to a sigh
If it were not for misfortune
I would be in Biscuit City by and by
If it were not for misfortune
I would stay in Biscuit City 'til I die
__________________
\"...If YoU fEeL iT yOu BeTtEr BeLiEvE iT, yOu'Re GoNnA sEe It, YoU nEeD tO kNoW/iT iS rIsInG lIkE a FeAtHeR, dIpPiNg & DaNcInG fRoM bElOw/ThErE's A nEw WaVe ThAt Is BrEaKiNg In ThE wAkE oF a PaSsInG sHiP/eVeRy NaTiOn'S gOnNa Be ShAkEn, PuT iT tOgEtHeR, dOn'T lEt It SlIp...\"
Tom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 08:09 AM   #10
Peter Bro10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Illinois USA
Posts: 541
Default

I was going to start a new post and pose a question on this topic, but instead decided to "search" old posts to see what's been kicked around before. Sure enough, here we are.

This song, just the melody that is, delete the lyric for now...) is mesmerizing.

Lyric is deep... I favoring an iterpretation that has "the river of light" as a metaphor for Life.

But the last post before this raises an entirely new quetion for me... Is Biscuit City a real place or is it fictional?

Always one more question....
__________________
Bless you all and keep you on the road to tenderness
Heaven can be yours just for now


Peter Bro10
Peter Bro10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 05:04 PM   #11
Borderstone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Phoenix,Arizona -America
Posts: 4,429
Default

I like that one too but it still doesn;t top my favorite from Harmony,"End Of All Time".
__________________
"A knight of the road,going back to a place where he might get warm." - Borderstone
Borderstone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 05:45 PM   #12
Cathy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Maine, USA
Posts: 1,982
Send a message via AIM to Cathy
Default

That's my favorite too, Borderstone.
__________________
http://www.cathycowette.com
Cathy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 06:42 PM   #13
johnfowles
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: NJ U.S.A.
Posts: 4,845
Send a message via AIM to johnfowles
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Peter Bro10:
But the last post before this raises an entirely new quetion for me... Is Biscuit City a real place or is it fictional?

Always one more question....
and always the chance of one more answer Peter!!!
this was aired a while ago see
http://www.corfid.com/ubb/ultimatebb...=003618#000000
with pictorial evidence from Bruna Silverheels

Bru had managed to find a large jpg that she quickly snapped whilst in Rhode Island of the road sign and here is a resized
version of the complete picture:-
which you can see above it was then then fettled by yours truly I opened im my favo(u)rite picture editing program(me) MGI Photosuite and discovered that not only could I crop it and
resize it but I realised I could then also rotate the resultimg smaller portion to produce Tada Tada:-
johnfowles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2007, 12:32 PM   #14
gretschviking1967
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northeastern ,USA
Posts: 40
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Tom:
I've been listening to some of the songs from "Harmony" the past few days. The song that jumps out for me is "River of Light". This song is truly another Lightfoot masterpiece...
"Headin’ off on a river of light, be a part of a river at night."
"Nice to be on a river at peace, Headin’ down where the water runs deep, down deep where
the fish are asleep"

Gord still has the knack!

I haven't heard "The No Hotel" yet...isn't that the song many fans were raving about that he was doing in concert around 2001?
I agree! Great song with a cozy title! My fave is, of course "Inspiration Lady". Once again, coziness prevails!

That's the one thing I have always loved about Gordon Lightfoot's music. It's cozy. One of my favorite pastimes is to drive around on a cool, breezy, sunny, colorful Autumn day in Pennsylvania listening to Lightfoot. My iPod of course, features every Lightfoot album..........with bonus tracks added by me, thank you! That makes for one amazing journey!


Ahhhhh yes.....
__________________
\"Do what you must. No man can criticize you as long as what you're doing is your best\" - Michael Nesmith, 1972
gretschviking1967 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2007, 10:51 AM   #15
bjm7777
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 269
Default

By and large, Harmony is Lightfoots most honest work since Waiting For You. I agree that River of Light is a masterpiece from the master himself - rather a stately sound, with his trademark "E no 3rd drone", as he calls it. As a sidebar, I'm fifty, and I find playing that "E no 3rd" chord harder on my fingers all the time - but I don't have anywhere near his practice time. Back to the subject, I am moved by the lyric "I won't be lookin' up old friends ever again..." - powerful stuff...
__________________
"This time tomorrow we might all be packed and gone.
I believe it's best we carry on..."
bjm7777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
River Center DVD Suzi General Discussion 0 02-26-2008 01:05 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
downleft 1x1.gif (807 Byte) downright