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Gordon Lightfoot Early Morning Rain
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Welcome to my Gordon Lightfoot Early Morning Rain page you'll find the lyrics to this song, a free pdf chords and lyrics sheet along with tutorial demos and a link to purchase full lessons in .mp4 format.  

 Gordon Lightfoot Early Morning Rain
Chords, Lyrics, Demo, Tutorial

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Early Morning Rain is a very popular song from Lightfoot's 1965 debut album "Lightfoot" but was not chosen as a single. Ribbon Of Darkness was chosen instead.

It was re-recorded for the "Gord's Gold" album in1975. The song was written on a Rainy Day at the LA International Airport. Many artists have recorded this song including Elvis, Bob Dylan

and even Jerry Lee Lewis.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: a steady down up down up shuffle
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A

Gordon Lightfoot Early Morning Rain Lyrics

In the early morning rain with a dollar in my hand
With an aching in my heart and my pockets full of sand
I'm a long way from home, Lord, I miss my loved ones so
In the early morning rain with no place to go

Out on runway number nine a big 707 set to go
And, I'm stuck here in the grass where the pavement never grows
Now, the liquor tasted good and the women all were fast
Well, there she goes, my friend, she'll be rolling down at last

Hear the mighty engines roar, see the silver wing on high
She's away and westward bound, far above the clouds she'll fly

There the morning rain don't fall and the sun always shines
She'll be flying over my home in about three hours time

This old airport's got me down, it's no earthly good to me
And I'm stuck here on the ground as cold and drunk as I can be
You can't jump a jet plane like you can a freight train
So, I'd best be on my way in the early morning rain

You can't jump a jet plane like you can a freight train
So, I'd best be on my way in the early morning rain

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Early Morning Rain Guitar Tips

There are many versions of this song out there so you have lots of flexibility on how you arrange this song. For example in this version here I'm using  capo on the 2nd fret (for vocals only) but I'm only using three chords which are D, G and A. But some versions you'll find an Em chord thrown into the mix. And along with that you'll discover finger-picking versions online.

The rhythm here is a steady down down up down up down up and repeat.

For my version of this song there is no lead break. However you could easily add one into the song and if I were to do that, I think putting the Em chord into the mix would work well.

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A Little Background On The Song Early Morning Rain

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"Early Morning Rain" is a folk song written and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in 1964. The song has become one of Lightfoot's most popular and enduring compositions, and it has been covered by numerous artists over the years.

The song tells the story of a man who is stranded at an airport, waiting for a flight to take him home. He is feeling down and lonely, and he begins to reflect on his life and his lost love. He watches the planes take off and imagines himself flying away to start a new life.

The song's melancholic melody and introspective lyrics have made it a favorite of folk and country music fans. The lyrics capture the feeling of loneliness and isolation that can come with travel and the longing for home and connection.

Over the years, it has been covered by many artists from various genres of music. Here is a list of some of the most notable covers of "Early Morning Rain":

  1. Peter, Paul and Mary (1965)
  2. Elvis Presley (1966)
  3. George Hamilton IV (1966)
  4. Bob Dylan (1970)
  5. Jerry Lee Lewis (1970)
  6. Olivia Newton-John (1973)
  7. Paul Weller (1992)
  8. Eva Cassidy (1996)
  9. Ian and Sylvia Tyson (1965)
  10. Judy Collins (1966)

There are many other artists who have covered "Early Morning Rain" as well, but these are some of the most well-known versions. Each artist brings their unique style and interpretation to the song, making it a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by many.

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