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The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

From the Album Summertime Dream
July 14, 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
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  • Duration: 6:29 minutes
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  • ASIN: B002FTZUP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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Exceptional storytelling of that fateful night when the boat broke in half and sunk. I met someone in the U.P. that actually was on the waters that night in a lesser boat. He felt the larger boats could more easily fall victim to the broken wave patterns that often accompanied storms on Superior. He called it the bath tub effect where the waves have no clear pattern. Smaller boats just get tossed, but the larger boats get high centered, double dropped or hit mid ship by a second wave before coming down. Gordon does honor to the loss of this crew and its boat with this folksy ballad.
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Not many artists could bring off a rendition of this song but Gordon Lightfoot does. A very haunting and introspective piece of music.
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I heard this song as a child and I've always remembered the haunting melody and the words inspired by a historic maritime tragedy.
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Not only is this a great song just to listen to, but it is a great example of Western European heroic verse in a modern American idiom. The way in which this song encapsulates the facts of a historical event in a memorable form is very much in the tradition of Beowulf or the Icelandic Eddas. I am not a professional teacher, but I used to do a good deal of tutoring, and I have two children of my own. When discussing early West European literature, I always suggest listening to this song as a way to give children a better idea of the purposes that the recitation of heroic verse served for the people of Western Europe in earlier times.
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I've always loved this song so I used it as an assignment to teach my English as a Second Language class. They seemed to get into too - after I explained the history. And, just like always, when we got to the part where he says, "Fellows it's been good to know you," I cried.
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I was raised to have a wide and eclectic taste in music -- I love a variety of musical genres, from classic rock to modern pop to just about everything in between. It often amazes people that I love music that came out long before I was born, and have often been told "you're too young to know that song!" when I start humming along to "Hotel California" or "Bohemian Rhapsody." I credit being exposed to a wide range of music as a child, which has led me to have a deep appreciation for older, classic songs that most people my age seem to dismiss as "old" and "stupid."

I first learned about "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" in a book that listed it as one of the most depressing songs of all time. But having actually listened to the song, I've found it to be a beautiful, if melancholy, ballad.

Gordon Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is based on a true story, the sinking of a freighter in the Great Lakes in the '70s. While Lightfoot has taken some creative liberties with the historical facts, the ballad is nonetheless beautiful, blending guitar with electronic effects to create an eerie and wistful musical number. There are times when it feels like the lyrics don't quite match the meter, the singer trying to cram the words into the music provided, and some of the rhymes feel a bit forced, but for the most part the lyrics work well, and evoke both the mystery of the Great Lakes and the tragedy and mystery of that fateful night.

Lightfoot has hailed this as his best work, and while not a perfect song, it's nonetheless haunting and lovely. If you like folk music and ballads, this is a perfect number for you.
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This is a fantastic song. I grew up listening to his music. I just wish they would re-release all his music on CD or MP3.

If you like the nautical themes of Jimmy Buffett, you should also listen to Gordon.
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Great classic folk music. I've always loved Gordon Lightfoot's songs, and this is my favorite. Great storytelling accompanied by catchy music.
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