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Playlist of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

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    Headstones - The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

    cover song by Headstones 2019. Licensed to Cadence Music Group
    original song by Gordon Lightfoot 1976.

    Video by Gordon Hawkins

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    Edmund Fitzgerald Documentary 1995 Excellent!

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    Edmund Fitzgerald Documentary recorded from cable TV on VHS in 1995

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    Gordon Lightfoot - Discusses The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald | GRAMMYs

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    GRAMMY-nominated folk/rock legend Gordon Lightfoot recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Lightfoot discussed his early music education and his 1976 hit The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, among other topics. Lightfoot also performed a brief set, including The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald and his 1974 hit Sundown.

    ['The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald'] ” it's a whole story unto itself, from start to finish, and it still goes on [to] this day, said Lightfoot.

    Regarded as one of Canada's leading singer/songwriters, Lightfoot first gained acclaim in the 1960s penning hits for artists such as Peter, Paul And Mary and Marty Robbins. After signing with United Artists Records in 1966, Lightfoot released his debut album, Lightfoot! He followed with two classic albums, 1967's The Way I Feel and 1968's Did She Mention My Name? ” the latter earned him his first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Performance. He scored his first platinum and lone No. 1 album to date with 1974's Sundown, which featured the chart-topping title track and Top 10 hit Carefree Highway. Cold On The Shoulder was released in 1975 and reached No. 10, followed by the platinum-selling Summertime Dream (1976, No. 12). Considered one of Lightfoot's finest albums, Summertime Dream featured The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, a ballad about the final hours of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior in 1975. The song garnered Lightfoot two GRAMMY nominations, including Song Of The Year, at the 19th Annual GRAMMY Awards.Subscribe NOW to GRAMMYs on YouTube:

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Whenever I have to deconvert someone of a love for terrible country music, I must introduce them to the greatness that is Canadian Folk such as Gordon Lightfoot. Enjoy!

    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 waves turn the minutes to hours
    The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
    If they'd put 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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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot Cover

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    This was a request.. and a very good one.. I do it with the utmost respect for the 29 member crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald and their families, and for Gordon Lightfoot, who has honored their memory, making it last forever for the world with this brilliant and immortal song..

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Gordon Lightfoot signing about the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior (including some news footage) ... not the best version he has done, but some great video footage of the ship being built, launched, and sea trialed.

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    ILLEGAL - Cover of Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

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    This is our version of the Gordon Lightfoot song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It was recorded on a Korg 32XD. I remember this song as a child, hearing it in the car on our annual summer trip from Detroit to my Dad's Uncle's Cherry Farm in Traverse City. I love when a song tells a story, and when it's a true story like this, it's that much more moving. There are a couple twists from the Lightfoot version. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. God Bless the 29 men who went down, and God Bless their families.

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    The Wreck of the Buick Le Sabre

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    Happy 40th Birthday Drew! The Legend lives on...

    This is a parody of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot.

    Lyrics:
    © 1998 Matt McLarty

    The legend lives on from old Charlottetown on down
    Of the big wagon they call the Truckster
    The car it was said shoulda been given up for dead
    But she drove on with all she could muster
    The Buick was the pride of Drew MacDonald's eye
    Coming back from his mother's to Bangor
    He didn't have a clue that on I-95 Drew
    And the Truckster were headed for danger

    With Big T on board 26000 tons more
    Than the Buick Le Sabre weighed empty
    Playing some tunes was a bone to be chewed
    When the flames of the Truckster went burning
    When Homecoming came they would head to Mount A
    And they'd leave fully loaded for Sackville
    Smoking 'til they were sick then they'd try to drag Nick,
    He'd say Fuck it, I'll take the train back to Wolfville!

    The brakes sometimes failed but like riding on rails
    Through the corner of any intersection
    And every man knew as told them by Drew
    It had four wheel Positrack suspension
    The speedometer dials were all listed in miles,
    The odometer read two hundred thousand
    But that afternoon came and so did the flames
    In the face of a hurricane westwind

    He flagged a car down, the police came around
    And said Buddy do you need a favour?
    And as they stood there the flames burst in the air
    In the wreck of the Buick Le Sabre
    The passersby said Drew was lucky not to be dead
    Because to drive an old car is a gamble
    The police report said he'd have made Winterport
    If the car had contained less flammables

    It may have broken down in some lonely Maine town
    Or been sold to some kid as a junker
    But all that remains is the rear license plate
    And the six foot long polished chrome bumper
    The legend lives on from old Charlottetown on down
    Of the big wagon they call the Truckster
    The Buick, they said, she will never be dead
    In the minds of the many who loved her

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    The Dandy Warhols - The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    'The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald', by The Dandy Warhols.
    Album: Come On Feel The Dandy Warhols.

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    Cover The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Left, Center and Right tracks over the Gordon Lightfoot version

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    Rheostatics - Melville - 11 The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Melville is the 1991 second album by the Canadian rock band Rheostatics. This album garnered wide airplay across Canada. The single Record Body Count was a significant hit for the band on Canadian alternative rock stations and MuchMusic in 1991.

    The song You Are Very Star, a bonus track on the CD release, ends with a hockey announcer's narration in which the band is presented as a hockey team competing for the league's top ranking against 13 Engines, Scott B. Sympathy and Tom Cochrane.

    In 1996, the Canadian music magazine Chart conducted a reader poll to determine the best Canadian albums of all time. Melville placed 16th in that poll. When the magazine conducted a follow up poll in 2000, Melville placed fifth, behind only Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Sloan and Rheostatics' 1992 album Whale Music. In the magazine's third poll in 2005, Melville placed 44th, but was one of only 25 albums to have placed in the Top 50 in all three polls.

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    Guitar Cover - Learn How to Play The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

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    The Dandy Warhols - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    The Dandy Warhols
    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1999)
    (Lightfoot)

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    The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald, arr. Alan Dunbar – Score & Sound

    5:46

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    The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald
    Words and music by Gordon Lightfoot / arr. Alan Dunbar
    Item: 00-46459
    Voicing: TTBB
    Series: Pop Choral
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    Written and originally recorded by Gordon Lightfoot a year after the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, this now classic pop ballad was number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This arrangement was originally created for the internationally known ensemble CANTUS.

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    THE WRECK OF THE EDMOND FITZGERALD by GORDON LIGHTFOOT - Guitar Lesson✅✅🎵

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    Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    The final voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald began November 9, 1975 at the Burlington Northern Railroad Dock No.1, Superior, Wisconsin. Captain Ernest M. McSorley had loaded her with 26,116 long tons of taconite pellets, made of processed iron ore, heated and rolled into marble-size balls. Departing Superior about 2:30 pm, she was soon joined by the Arthur M. Anderson, which had departed Two Harbors, Minnesota under Captain Bernie Cooper. The two ships were in radio contact. The Fitzgerald being the faster took the lead, with the distance between the vessels ranging from 10 to 15 miles.

    Aware of a building November storm entering the Great Lakes from the great plains, Captain McSorley and Captain Cooper agreed to take the northerly course across Lake Superior, where they would be protected by highlands on the Canadian shore. This took them between Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Peninsula. They would later make a turn to the southeast to eventually reach the shelter of Whitefish Point.

    Weather conditions continued to deteriorate. Gale warnings had been issued at 7 pm on November 9, upgraded to storm warnings early in the morning of November 10. While conditions were bad, with winds gusting to 50 knots and seas 12 to 16 feet, both Captains had often piloted their vessels in similar conditions. In the early afternoon of November 10, the Fitzgerald had passed Michipicoten Island and was approaching Caribou Island. The Anderson was just approaching Michipicoten, about three miles off the West End Light.

    Captain Cooper maintained that he watched the Edmund Fitzgerald pass far too close to Six Fathom Shoal to the north of Caribou Island. He could clearly see the ship and the beacon on Caribou on his radar set and could measure the distance between them. He and his officers watched the Fitzgerald pass right over the dangerous area of shallow water. By this time, snow and rising spray had obscured the Fitzgerald from sight, visible 17 miles ahead on radar.

    At 3:30 pm that afternoon, Captain McSorley radioed Captain Cooper and said: “Anderson, this is the Fitzgerald. I have a fence rail down, two vents lost or damaged, and a list. I’m checking down. Will you stay by me till I get to Whitefish?” McSorley was checking down his speed to allow the Anderson to close the distance for safety. Captain Cooper asked McSorley if he had his pumps going, and McSorley said, “Yes, both of them.”


    “The Wreck Site II” by David Conklin: Available online in the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store.
    As the afternoon wore on, radio communications with the Fitzgerald concerned navigational information but no extraordinarily alarming reports were offered by Captain McSorley. At about 5:20 pm the crest of a wave smashed the Anderson’s starboard lifeboat, making it unusable. Captain Cooper reported winds from the NW x W (305 ) at a steady 58 knots with gusts to 70 knots, and seas of 18 to 25 feet.

    According to Captain Cooper, about 6:55 pm, he and the men in the Anderson’s pilothouse felt a “bump”, felt the ship lurch, and then turned to see a monstrous wave engulfing their entire vessel from astern. The wave worked its way along the deck, crashing on the back of the pilothouse, driving the bow of the Anderson down into the sea.

    “Then the Anderson just raised up and shook herself off of all that water – barrooff – just like a big dog. Another wave just like the first one or bigger hit us again. I watched those two waves head down the lake towards the Fitzgerald, and I think those were the two that sent him under.”

    Morgan Clark, first mate of the Anderson, kept watching the Fitzgerald on the radar set to calculate her distance from some other vessels near Whitefish Point. He kept losing sight of the Fitzgerald on the radar from sea return, meaning that seas were so high they interfered with the radar reflection. First mate Clark spoke to the Fitzgerald one last time, about 7:10 pm:

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot - Niagara Falls NY Nov 7 2015 CHAR video

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot - Niagara Falls NY Nov 7 2015

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald- A Tribute

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    A tribute video to the 29 men who lost their lives on that stormy night on Lake Superior on 10th November 1975. I don't own the song or pictures used.

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    Jag Panzer - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Chris Broderick

    6:41

    Awesome cover with an amazing solo by Chris Broderick

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    Gordon Lightfoot The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Chicago IL 3-16-2014

    6:55

    A classic

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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald In the Style of Gordon Lightfoot

    6:34

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald [In the Style of Gordon Lightfoot] (Karaoke Version) · The Karaoke Channel

    The Karaoke Channel - The Best Of Rock Vol. - 28

    ℗ 2011 Stingray Music Group

    Released on: 2011-03-31

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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    gordon lightfoot the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald

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    great little song from gord

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    MVI 3240 THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD-GORDON LIGHTFOOT @ 80 -ORILLIA.Nov.17,2018 - CHAR video

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    THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD - GORDON LIGHTFOOT @ 80 - ORILLIA.Nov.17,2018 - CHAR video

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    How to Play The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

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    Tony Rice - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot cover

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Gordon Lightfoot | Cover by Daniel Egan

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    The Sunday Flannel Sessions are back on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. A fitting song during the month of All Souls. RIP.

    (Fun fact: The Mariners Cathedral that Gordon Lightfoot mentions in the final verse is about a mile behind me on Jefferson Ave in downtown Detroit.

    (I got the lyrics 93% correct. It'll have to do. Sunday Flannel sessions are always one take.)

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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.wmv

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    Edmund Fitzgerald

    One of the more tragic shipwrecks in recent history is the lost of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. It was an ore carrying freighter that sank on Lake Superior on a stormy night in November of 1975, taking all hands with her to the deep.
    The Edmund Fitzgerald was a large ore carrying freighter traveling across Lake Superior in November of 1975. She was thought to be a stout and hearty ship, and the 29 crewmembers on board were thought to be some of the best trained crew on the Great Lakes.
    It is not known for sure what caused the Edmund Fitzgerald to sink. Some think it was the sheer volume of the waves and the height of the storm. There is also evidence that some of the shipping hold doors on board the freighter failed, which allowed water from Lake Superior to wash aboard and into the holds, causing the eventual sinking of the ship.
    The loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald is one of the more famous ship wrecks in history, it has been commemorated by a famous song by singer Gordon Lightfoot, and the legend of the ship lives on, both in the memories of the families of the crewmembers, and in the famous Lightfoot song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
    The Edmund Fitzgerald went down between 710pm and 730pm on November 10th, 1975, and there were no direct witnesses to the loss. There were other ships on the Lake Superior that day, one was several miles behind the Edmund Fitzgerald and following its path.
    The Lake Superior waves that way were up to 12 feet over the ships main deck, and while the direct cause of the loss of the ship is still not known, the wreckage has been declared a National Memorial site.
    The bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald was raised and is part of a memorial to the brave 29 crewmembers that lost their lives that tragic November day in 1975.

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    Cadence - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Feat. Kseniya Simonova

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    On the 40th anniversary of the legendary sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Toronto’s Cadence take you back to that fateful day 40 years ago (November 10, 1975) with their intensely moving and completely 100 percent ‘a cappella’ arrangement of iconic Canadian singer, songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.

    With stunning vocal sharpness and instrumental imitation, this collaborative music and video project pairs Cadence with world renowned multi-award winning Ukrainian sand animation artist Kseniya Simonova – winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent.

    Together, as a tribute, they tell the tale of the 29 sailors who lost their lives on Lake Superior four decades ago.

    Performed by CADENCE: Kurt Sampson, Lucas Marchand, Ross Lynde, Carl Berger


    Sand art by Kseniya Simonova

    Written by Gordon Lightfoot

    Recorded at Own Your Voice Studios
    Mixed by Kai Koschmider
    Video editing by Eric Yu
    Arranged and edited by Ross Lynde
    Produced by Ross Lynde and Cadence

    All music produced by the human voice.

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    Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald.

    No money is being made from this and no credit being taken for the song or photos. This is just a tribute.

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    Gordon Lightfoot - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
    Music and lyrics ©1976 by Gordon Lightfoot

    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.
    With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand 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 good 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 ship's bell rang,
    could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

    The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
    and a wave broke over the railing.
    And ev'ry man knew, as the captain did too
    'twas the witch of November come stealin'.
    The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
    when the Gales of November came slashin'.
    When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
    in the face of a hurricane west wind.

    When suppertime came the old cook came on deck sayin'.

    Fellas, it's too rough t'feed ya.
    At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said,

    (*2010 lyric change: At 7 p.m., it grew dark, it was then he said,)

    Fellas, it's bin good t'know ya!
    The captain wired in he had water comin' in
    and the good ship and crew was in peril.
    And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight
    came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

    Does any one know where the love of God goes
    when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
    The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
    if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'er.
    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 rooms 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 twenty-nine 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 said, never gives up her dead
    when the gales of November come early!


    Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

    SS Edmund Fitzgerald, courtesy NOAA
    SS Edmund Fitzgerald
    Courtesy NOAA
    Read about the lyric change here.

    According to a legend of the Chippewa tribe, the lake they once called Gitche Gumee 'never gives up her dead.' -- Great Lakes: The Cruelest Month, James R. Gaines with Jon Lowell in Detroit, ©1975 Newsweek Magazine

    Thus began the Newsweek article in the issue of November 24, 1975. That lead and the news magazine's dry story inspired Gordon Lightfoot to write one of the greatest story songs ever.

    On November 10, 1975, an ore carrier - the Edmund Fitzgerald - sank in Lake Superior during a November storm, taking the lives of all 29 crew members. Later that month, Gordon Lightfoot, inspired by that article in Newsweek Magazine, wrote what is probably his most famous song: Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (song clip).

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    Gordon Lightfoot: Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - sheet music at
    Gordon Lightfoot: Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Performed by Gordon Lightfoot. Single for voice, piano and guitar chords. C Major. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.VS0736)
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    Lightfoot wrote Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald as a tribute to the ship, the sea, and the men who lost their lives that night. When asked recently what he thought his most significant contribution to music was, he said it was this song, which he often refers to as The Wreck. In spite of its unlikely subject matter, the song climbed to #2 on the Billboard pop charts and Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald remains one the most stirring topical ballads ever written and a highlight of every Lightfoot concert. See the song lyrics below.

    Every year, on November 10th and the days leading up to it, there are commemorative services and other programs to remember the ship and the men who lost their lives.

    In 2010, Lightfoot changed one line in the lyrics of the song as a result of recent findings that it was waves and not crew error that lead to the shipwreck.

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    Nobody The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Remix of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot, Nobody is a band from superior and had 2 albums. after the 2nd album the spit up.

    I DON'T CARE IF I SPELT ANYTHING WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Gordon Lightfoot performs The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald | GRAMMYs

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    GRAMMY-nominated folk/rock legend Gordon Lightfoot recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Lightfoot discussed his early music education and his 1976 hit The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, among other topics. Lightfoot also performed a brief set, including The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald and his 1974 hit Sundown.

    ['The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald'] ” it's a whole story unto itself, from start to finish, and it still goes on [to] this day, said Lightfoot.

    Regarded as one of Canada's leading singer/songwriters, Lightfoot first gained acclaim in the 1960s penning hits for artists such as Peter, Paul And Mary and Marty Robbins. After signing with United Artists Records in 1966, Lightfoot released his debut album, Lightfoot! He followed with two classic albums, 1967's The Way I Feel and 1968's Did She Mention My Name? ” the latter earned him his first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Folk Performance. He scored his first platinum and lone No. 1 album to date with 1974's Sundown, which featured the chart-topping title track and Top 10 hit Carefree Highway. Cold On The Shoulder was released in 1975 and reached No. 10, followed by the platinum-selling Summertime Dream (1976, No. 12). Considered one of Lightfoot's finest albums, Summertime Dream featured The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, a ballad about the final hours of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior in 1975. The song garnered Lightfoot two GRAMMY nominations, including Song Of The Year, at the 19th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

    In 1986 Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. That same year he released East Of Midnight, followed by Waiting For You (1993), A Painter Passing Through (1998) and Harmony (2004). Lightfoot's most recent album, 2012's All Live, features a collection of his greatest hits performed at Toronto's famed Massey Hall. Also in 2012, Lightfoot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.Subscribe NOW to GRAMMYs on YouTube:

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    Gordon Lightfoot 8-31-13: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Gordon Lightfoot sings his famous song about the true sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior November 10, 1975. Lightfoot was the last-second replacement for Neil Young after a Crazy Horse member was injured and they pulled out of Daniel Lanois' 3rd annual Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ontario.

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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Cover

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    R.I.P to the 29 men who lost thier lives to the wrath of lake superior on November 10th 1975. This video is dedicated to them.

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    Joe Mills - The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Gordon Lightfoot, The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, cover, Joe Mills rec. in Hauzenberg / Passau

    Der Schiffbruch der Edmund Fitzgerald
    (Gordon Lightfoot)

    Die Legende lebt heute noch, die von den Chippewas kommt,
    von dem großen See, den sie „Gitche Gumee nannten.
    Der See, so heißt es, gibt seine Toten nicht mehr her,
    wenn sich der Himmel im November verdüstert.
    Mit einer Ladung Eisenerz, sechsundzwanzigtausend Tonnen schwerer
    als das Leergewicht der „Edmund Fitzgerald,
    war dieses gute, treue Schiff wie ein Knochen für einen Hund,
    als die Novemberstürme früher kamen als sonst.

    Das Schiff war der Stolz des amerikanischen Ufers,
    es kam zurück von einem Hüttenwerk in Wisconsin.
    Gemessen an den großen Frachtern war es größer als die meisten,
    und die Crew und der gute Kapitän waren altbewährt.
    Sie erfüllten Verträge mit ein paar Stahlproduzenten,
    als sie vollbeladen Richtung Cleveland fuhren.
    Und als später am Abend die Schiffsglocke ertönte,
    war es vielleicht der Nordwind, den sie zu spüren bekam?

    Der Wind in den Drähten klang wie lautes Geklapper
    und eine Welle brach über die Reling und jeder wusste
    und auch dem Kapitän war es zu klar, die Novemberhexe stahl sich an Bord.
    Die Dämmerung kam spät und das Frühstück musste warten,
    denn die Novemberstürme tobten. Als der Nachmittag kam,
    fiel ein eisiger Regen bei einem orkanartigen Westwind.

    Zur Abendessenszeit kam der alte Koch an Deck,
    „Kumpels, bei dem Sturm können wir nicht essen.
    Um sieben Uhr wurde eine Großluke eingedrückt,
    und er sagte: „Jungs, es war schön euch zu kennen!
    Der Kapitän meldete per Funk, dass Wasser eindrang,
    Das gute Schiff und die Mannschaft waren in Gefahr.
    Und als später in dieser Nacht die Lichter erloschen sind,
    kam es zum Schiffbruch der „Edmund Fitzgerald.

    Kann irgend jemand sagen, wo die Liebe Gottes bleibt,
    wenn die Wellen die Minuten zu Stunden werden lassen?
    Die Suchmannschaften sagen, noch fünfzehn Meilen
    und sie hätten alle die Whitefish Bay erreicht,
    Vielleicht brach das Schiff auseinander, vielleicht ist es gekentert,
    vielleicht spülten die schweren Brecher zuviel Wasser an Bord.
    Und alles was bleibt, sind die Gesichter und Namen
    Der Frauen und der Söhne und der Töchter.

    Lake Huron schaukelt, Superior singt
    in den Räumen seiner eiskalten Behausung.
    Der alte Lake Michigan dampft wie die Träume eines jungen Mannes,
    die Inseln und Buchten sind wie geschaffen für Angler.
    Und der Lake Ontario weiter unten nimmt auf,
    was Lake Erie ihm schicken kann
    und die Erzfrachter werden, das wissen die Seeleute,
    die Novemberstürme nie vergessen.

    In einer muffigen alten Halle in Detroit wurde gebetet,
    in der „Seemannskathedrale.
    Die Kirchenglocke läutete, sie erklang neunundzwanzig Mal,
    für jeden Mann auf der „Edmund Fitzgerald.

    Die Legende lebt heute noch, die von den Chippewas kommt,
    von dem großen See, den sie „Gitche Gumee nannten.

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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot Cover

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    Just a MIDI background and I.

    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
    With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand 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 good 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 theyd been feelin?
    The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
    And a wave broke over the railing
    And every man knew, as the captain did too,
    Twas the witch of november come stealin.
    The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
    When the gales of november came slashin.
    When afternoon came it was freezin rain
    In the face of a hurricane west wind.

    When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin.
    Fellas, its too rough to feed ya.
    At seven p.m. a main hatchway caved in, he said
    Fellas, its been good tknow ya
    The captain wired in he had water comin in
    And the good ship and crew was in peril.
    And later that night when his lights went outta sight
    Came the wreck of the edmund fitzgerald.

    Does any one know where the love of God goes
    When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
    The searches all say theyd have made whitefish bay
    If theyd put fifteen more miles behind her.
    They might have split up or they might have capsized;
    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 rooms of her ice-water mansion.
    Old michigan steams like a young mans 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 till it rang twenty-nine 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 said, never gives up her dead
    When the gales of november come early!

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

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    The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald acoustic cover.avi

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    Scott Ryan covers Gordon Lightfoot's The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald , accompanied by Joe Best.

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald · Laura Cantrell

    Trains and Boats and Planes

    ℗ 2008 Diesel Only Records

    Released on: 2008-04-15

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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    Gordon Lightfoot Live - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    This was captured live at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on October 12th, 2006. The video quality is the best it could have been given the lighting and the camera. The song also stops where the camera stopped recording, so I apologize for that. To boot, the video and audio are out of sync only when I upload it. I don't know why. Other than that, a great performance by a legendary Canadian musical icon!

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Tim Brown performs Gordon Lightfoot's classic The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald at North Campus on 11/08/07.

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    Owenshire: The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot cover

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    Artist: Owenshire
    Track: The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald [Gordon Lightfoot cover]
    Album: Simulacra
    Notes: It's been good to know ya
    Credits: Vocals--Robert Muhlbock; mixing--Clive Butler; Instrumental--

    Commentary:

    “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” was written by famed Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot in 1976—the year I was born. It’s his most recognized and renown song. While I can’t say I’m a huge Lightfoot fan (sure I like “Sundown” and “The Great Canadian Railroad Trilogy”), WEF’s tale of a doomed ship is immediately captivating. The song clocks in at almost 7 minutes, repeating its central melody and chords, um, repeatedly, and yet to Lightfoot’s credit the song never overstays its welcome. I can’t recall when I first heard WEF, but I do have a rather solid memory of watching comedian Richard Jeni doing a bit about it—which was at the time hilarious. [EDIT: Looking up how to correctly spell Jeni, I just discovered he shot himself in 2007--I had no idea.] However, all nautical clichés aside, Lightfoot’s elegy remains a moving tribute to those whose lives were lost. Upon hearing its opening notes, those who appreciate the song are hooked.

    Regarding my cover, as with all Owenshire songs, my immediate thought was “more harmonies please!” and thus—for better or worse—I’ve interpreted this song as a chorus of voices raised in unison speaking of fallen comrades, mugs raised in tribute. The backing track is from Karaoke tracks because, well, why not. Also, in a decision which I’m sure to regret, I’ve sung the song in a higher key to better suit my voice. Finally, I changed the lyrics slightly to reflect Lightfoot's own lyrical swap of main hatchway caved in to grew dark it was then since the former laid blame on the crew which was later proved to be undeserved.

    Nothing will compare with Lightfoot’s original arrangement and vocal delivery, and yet WEF is so catchy that any interpretation seems tolerable given the source material (check out a moody version by the Rheostatics here and a very cool over the top metal version by Jag Panzer here: But of course there are many, many more. Personally, and I might be in the minority here, I’m a huge fan of the Dandy Warhol’s acoustic version (also in a different key, and not to be confused with their other somewhat meandering 9 minute version called “The Wreck”) located here: The legend lives on, indeed.

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald EARRAPE

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    it's what the title says

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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    Provided to YouTube by TuneCore

    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald · Clay

    Marigold & Zenia

    ℗ 2015 Massawippi Music

    Released on: 1997-06-10

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot Cover

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot Cover by Mike Baker

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    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - GRU Mens Ensemble

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    by Gordon Lightfoot
    arr. Dr. William Hobbins
    Soloist - Thomas Clayton Reed

    *Georgia Regents University is now known as Augusta University

    From the evening's program notes:
    This song was written in 1976 in response to a Newsweek article (The Cruelest Month, November 24th, 1975 issue) describing the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a bulk freight vessel, on lake superior on November 10, 1975. Released on a Lightfoot album in 1976, the song was #1 in Canada and #2 in the USA for a time. There are a few details of historical fact in the original lyrics that have been proven incorrect. For example, the ship was bound for detroit, not Cleveland. Since the discovery of these errors, Lightfoot performs the piece in altered form, but has not changed the copyrighted lyrics. The radio call of Captain Ernest McSorley is a matter of record, as well as the presence of the old cook. The cook was a replacement for the usual cook, who was too ill to make the voyage. Ironically, this was to be the last trip across the lake for the Edmund Fitzgerald before docking in Cleveland for the impassable winter months on Lake Superior.

    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
    With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
    Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
    That good ship and crew 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 good 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 ship's bell rang
    Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

    The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
    And a wave broke over the railing
    And every man knew, as the captain did too,
    T'was the witch of November come stealin'
    The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
    When the gales of November came slashin'
    When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
    In the face of a hurricane west wind

    When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'
    Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya
    At seven pm a main hatchway caved in, he said
    Fellas, it's been good t'know ya
    The captain wired in he had water comin' in
    And the good ship and crew were in peril
    And later that night when his lights went outta sight
    Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

    Does any one know where the love of God goes
    When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
    The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
    If they'd put 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

    In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
    In the maritime sailors' cathedral
    The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine 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 said, never gives up her dead
    When the gales of November come early

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    The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot cover

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    Dedicated to the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Tim Kane, my great ally. Standard tuning, capo 2nd fret.

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    Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Cover

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    Here is my Keyboard and Harmonica cover of Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald.

    This is a tribute to the 29 men who lost their lives on the ship when it sank on November 10th, 1975 in Lake Superior while transporting Iron Ore from Superior, Wisconsin to Cleaveland, Ohio.

    All images have been downloaded from Internet. No copyright infringement is intended.

    This song is set in the key of B at a tempo of 94 bpm. I played the chords, prelude and interludes on Korg PA1000 keyboard and vocals on Suzuki SCX 64 Harmonica. I posted the chords and Harmonica notes in the comments section. Enjoy!

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    Gordon Lightfoot - The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald 2012

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    Spent a long time making this video JUST FOR YOU LIGHTFOOT FANS ! I hope you get what the song is trying to say !
    ( Released April 2012 ) !
    You can get more secrets and facts about the ship and the song if you go to :

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