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Gordon Lightfoot (b. 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folkrock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend. His songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr.,The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Richie Havens, Harry Belafonte, Sarah McLachlan, John Mellencamp, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, Anne Murray, The Irish Rovers and Olivia Newton-John. Robbie Robertson of The Band declared that Lightfoot was one of his “favorite Canadian songwriters and is absolutely a national treasure.” Bob Dylan, also a Lightfoot fan, called him one of his favorite songwriters, and in an often-quoted tribute to his fellow songwriter, Dylan once observed that when he heard a Gordon Lightfoot song he wished “it would last forever.”!

Cotton Jenny

by Gordon Lightfoot, arr. Mark Sirett

SATB    with piano    –    CP 1787   – 3:20   
TTBB    with piano    –    CP 1790      
Many singers and audience members will remember this delightful folk song by Lightfoot.  “Wheels of love go ’round!” Dr. Sirett has created an approachable type of “round” with his skillful writing. Great fun!

Pussy Willow, Cat-tails

by Gordon Lightfoot, arr. Larry Nickel

SSA with piano    –    CP 1268   – 3:50   
SATB with piano  –     CP 1377
This song is a Gordon Lightfoot classic. Some say it’s the most beautiful Canadian folk-song ever written. It would work well at any concert, but especially for a Spring Concert.

Rainy Day People

by Gordon Lightfoot, arr. Erica Phare-Bergh

SATB with piano  –  –    CP 1766   – 3:05     
Erica has given an authentic treatment to the Gordon Lightfoot hit. We all need such people in our lives.
Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call
Rainy day people don’t talk – they just listen till they’ve heard it all

Song for a Winter’s Night

by Gordon Lightfoot, arr. by Robin Salkeld

SATB    –    CP 1264   – 4:35   
SSAA    –    CP 1320   
Gordon Lightfoot ‘s lovely song – about relationships, light in a dark place, a warm refuge in the cold – needed an exquisite setting and Robin really hit the mark with this a cappella arrangement.








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