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Lyr Add: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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BACK HOME IN DERRY
THE EDMUND FITZGERALD
THE NERVOUS WRECK OF THE EDNA FITZGERALD


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Gary T 26 Jul 00 - 09:52 AM
Clinton Hammond2 26 Jul 00 - 02:32 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 10 Nov 04 - 12:15 PM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
From: Easy Rider
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 07:50 AM

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald By Gordon Lightfoot

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

With a load of iron ore - 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ships bell rang
Could it be the North Wind they'd been feeling.

The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the Captain did, too,
T'was the witch of November come stealing.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashing
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane West Wind

When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it's too rough to feed ya
At 7PM a main hatchway caved in
He said fellas it's been good to know ya.

The Captain wired in he had water coming in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the words turn the minutes to hours
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd fifteen more miles behind her.

They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the ruins of her ice water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.

And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
The church bell chimed, 'til it rang 29 times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald
From: Easy Rider
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 07:51 AM

Aaaaaahhhh! That's Better.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald
From: paddymac
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 09:48 AM

ER - the song is already in the DT under the title "The Edmund Fitzgerald".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald
From: Gary T
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 09:52 AM

Little bit of trivia--I was told that the part about the lake not giving up her dead referred to it being so cold that body-decomposing bacteria cannot thrive, so the corpses do not bloat and rise to the surface as they would in many other bodies of water.

I heard Gordon sing this in concert many years ago. He said that of all his songs, this was one he figured would have been least likely to become a chart hit, and thus he was surprised by the thousands of letters he received about it. He went on to say he answered 29 of them. I was moved.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 26 Jul 00 - 02:32 PM

"The door bell chimed till it rang 29 times
Would ya get that Edmond, it's Gerald!"
---Tampy The Wonder Mouse---

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Nov 04 - 12:15 PM

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