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The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Lyrics

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee'
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
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The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee'
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
full lyrics

Features of This Track

folk influences
repetitive melodic phrasing
extensive vamping
major key tonality
electric guitar riffs
a distinctive male lead vocal
acoustic rhythm guitars
sad lyrics
narrative lyrics
triple note feel

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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Comments

RD condensed version///// t h e r e was a ship...it sank
Beautiful, haunting song. One of my all-time favorites! Thank you, Gordon Lightfoot, for this classic! I love Carefree Highway very much too.
Always reminds me of you Craig Stubbs! YOUR friend always Terry. Baylon
One of my favorite songs.
Peppy, upbeat tune. Makes me want to dance. Seriously, story telling set to music, great song.
Excellent true story
Its a hauntingly epic tribute the Edmund Fitzgerald and to the lore of the Great Lakes
This is an awesome make out song!
What's for lunch?
It's a great tune always was and always will be...
This can be summed up in one verse:

Oh the ship she went out on a cold winter's night
And the boat she went down and the people all died... Bummer...

Tim Hawkins

Still a good song tho
Still a great song!
I've watched this ship going through the locks of the Saint Lawrence as a child also remember the night she went down
Beautiful tribute by Gordon to the crew and families and an amazing song. Gordon is amazing! Endless ballads by a tremendous singer/songw r i t e r and guitarist!
Run for Whitefish bay, I hope you make it
rogerblocke
What a beautiful song!
I'm from Detroit and remember when it happened, they showed footage from the cathedral on the evening news back then.
Beautiful. I love sailing, and I love maritime stories like this.
Pandora this is the best music I have had the pleasure of listening to in a long time ! Thank You !
wrasmus
I sailed the Great Lakes on a sister ship to the Fitz and rode out a few storms. This song really hits close to home.
The Great Lakes are epic as is this song, hauntingly so.
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings...
That whole lyric about the lakes is magical.
I was in fifth grade, living in Cleveland when this happened. The lake was polluted, the air foul and the harbor full of freighters. Went to the rock hall a few years ago and now the lake and sky are clear, but the ships and jobs are gone.
I saw The Big Fitz's bell at the Shipwreck Museum in Michigan. We went there for vacation. It was really neat...
Whenever I go tp shipout everyother month I play this songto remind me of the other brothers who have been lost at sea
F**k!n epic!!
I've always loved his music but I never knew he was from Canada. Always thought he was from the US.. Ahh, doesn't matter. I still love his folky rock music.
dazernator80 0
I didn't know about the story of the SS Emund Flitzgerald before I heard this song; but know I do. Its quite the epic.
One the best artists to be sure! A proud Canadian to boot!
ang4theriot2
Best song ever
Great song.

When I heard this song a long time ago it gave me the chills. It still does. Now that I know the story of the loss, it really gives me the chills.
Genius and just gorgeously rendered!!
Spectacular, haunting, great ballad. A masterpiece !
Heard this live last month in Palm Springs. Gordon sounded as great as he did in the early 70's
A GREAT STORYTELLER
Another stellar artist
Best song ever
Goosebumps
Great song........ .
Need more americana songs like this
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald porter is quite tasty by the way.
Every time i hear this song ,tears come streaming down my face
Very power song.if you ever get watch the documentry.
The quintessenti a l northern Minnesota song.
Haunting, Powerful, Not many story songs anymore with this kind of in your face impact. Solid song. Peace.

Don't mess with gitche gumee
I'm too young to remember what happened to the Fitzgerald, but as a young Michiganian, my third or fourth grade music teacher taught ''The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald'' to the class. I remember thinking that it was an ominous song, but it was great because it was the only song with a good beat that she taught us.
Was living in MIchigan at the time this happened - tragic - toom many good men lost - song's haunting melody speaks volumes - thank you Gordon!
awwsumm
only s**t that can rival this dylan
i remember where i was.. n houston ,tx. loading pipe going 2 menominee,wi . i have felt a stirring n my soul as if i knew all aboard and every year i try 2 go back to the area U.P. of MI. or WI.. its a feeling i cant shake. every november i can almost feel the the chill of the spray n my face freezing my beard knowing what lies awake ahead of me....... thank u GORDON LIGHTFOOT... . . A N D TO THE REMAKE OF ONE STEP FURTHER ....BRIAN BURNS....
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