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Gordon Lightfoot on Songwriting

Nicholas Jennings, Words & Music, Winter 2003

ON AN UNSEASONABLY warm Thanksgiving, Gordon Lightfoot is in an uncharacteristically reflective mood, sipping coffee and looking back on a career that has produced every kind of song imaginable: historical epics, romantic ballads, sea shanties, country ditties, folk-style protests and bluesy "toe-tappers", to use Lightfoot's quaint term for his uptempo numbers.

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