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Old 03-16-2003, 11:17 PM   #1
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A second post. What would you think are Lightfoot's three best ballads. A hard choice and decision to make because he has crafted so many wonderful and memorable ballads.

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Old 03-16-2003, 11:17 PM   #2
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A second post. What would you think are Lightfoot's three best ballads. A hard choice and decision to make because he has crafted so many wonderful and memorable ballads.

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Old 03-17-2003, 09:59 AM   #3
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Heres three of my favourites that immediately sprung to mind

Tattoo
I'm Not Supposed To Care
Song For A Winters Night
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Old 03-17-2003, 10:28 AM   #4
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Lots' of thought here, Canadian RR Trilogy, Wreck of Edm. Fitz. and (while some may wiggle and say it is not a ballad) A Painter Passing Through.
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Old 03-17-2003, 10:28 AM   #5
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Lots' of thought here, Canadian RR Trilogy, Wreck of Edm. Fitz. and (while some may wiggle and say it is not a ballad) A Painter Passing Through.
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:16 AM   #6
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Only three, huh? For what it's worth, my picks are IFYCRMM, Now and Then, and Shadows. So many feelings and images are so simply and honestly expressed in these three.
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:16 AM   #7
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Only three, huh? For what it's worth, my picks are IFYCRMM, Now and Then, and Shadows. So many feelings and images are so simply and honestly expressed in these three.
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Old 03-17-2003, 04:50 PM   #8
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Three? Only three? Come on now! If you give me a couple of days,I could come up with a top 40 list at the very least! We're all (Obviously) very avid listners of Gordon Lightfoot and I think pretty much all of them would be as good as the other. In fact,I think I'll go home and make some tapes of all his best ballads. Three indeed. Borderstone,outta here and Alberta Bound!
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Old 03-17-2003, 05:14 PM   #9
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You may as well ask which vital organ is my favorite or which of my two kids I love more.

But, for sport; her it goes:
Favorite vital: The Heart
Favorite kid: The one that falls asleep first
favorite ballad: 1. Wreck of the Fitz
2. CRT
3. IYCRMM
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Old 03-17-2003, 05:14 PM   #10
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You may as well ask which vital organ is my favorite or which of my two kids I love more.

But, for sport; her it goes:
Favorite vital: The Heart
Favorite kid: The one that falls asleep first
favorite ballad: 1. Wreck of the Fitz
2. CRT
3. IYCRMM
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:07 PM   #11
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Somebody clarify (Watchman feel free to jump right in here), what is the difference between a ballad and a song?????
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:07 PM   #12
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Somebody clarify (Watchman feel free to jump right in here), what is the difference between a ballad and a song?????
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:47 PM   #13
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Take it from an English teacher. A ballad is a poem, usually sung, which tells a story. In the past, there have been very rigid rules for ballad writing. Now, writer's have played with the rules a bit. The key element in ballads is the telling of a story. Other elements include a consistent rhythm, the use of stanzas, and the use of a refrain. Gord has written many ballads, for example CRT, WofEF, Don Quiote. However, a few of the songs mentioned above would not qualify since they do not really tell a story, for example Shadows. Hope this helps.
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Take it from an English teacher. A ballad is a poem, usually sung, which tells a story. In the past, there have been very rigid rules for ballad writing. Now, writer's have played with the rules a bit. The key element in ballads is the telling of a story. Other elements include a consistent rhythm, the use of stanzas, and the use of a refrain. Gord has written many ballads, for example CRT, WofEF, Don Quiote. However, a few of the songs mentioned above would not qualify since they do not really tell a story, for example Shadows. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:49 PM   #15
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P.S. Sorry about the apostrophe error in the posting above. Thought I'd mention this before you guys roasted the "English teacher."
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:49 PM   #16
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P.S. Sorry about the apostrophe error in the posting above. Thought I'd mention this before you guys roasted the "English teacher."
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Old 03-17-2003, 10:45 PM   #17
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Thanks it's always nice to have an english teacher in the crowd!!!
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Old 03-17-2003, 10:45 PM   #18
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Thanks it's always nice to have an english teacher in the crowd!!!
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Old 03-17-2003, 10:58 PM   #19
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I know, three is too tough, and Borderstone, go for the 40, however, let's use hfan's criteria. Frankly, I have to admit that I can't really think of only 3 myself.
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I know, three is too tough, and Borderstone, go for the 40, however, let's use hfan's criteria. Frankly, I have to admit that I can't really think of only 3 myself.
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Old 03-18-2003, 07:15 AM   #21
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I always thought that a ballad was a love song. Gord always refers to "I'll Prove My Love" as a ballad. I looked it up in Websters because I really didn't know what exactly a ballad was. Here's what I found to go along with Hfan.

1. A romantic or sentimental song with the same melody for each stanza. 2. A song or poem which tells a story in short stanzas or simple words, with repitition, refrain etc. 3. A slow, sentimental popular song, especially a love song.
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Old 03-19-2003, 01:13 PM   #22
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My favorite three would be.

If you could read my mind
Shadows
Romance

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Old 03-19-2003, 01:13 PM   #23
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My favorite three would be.

If you could read my mind
Shadows
Romance

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Old 03-19-2003, 11:15 PM   #24
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Bravo, Watchman. Thank you.
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Old 03-19-2003, 11:15 PM   #25
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Bravo, Watchman. Thank you.
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