Songs By Gordon Lightfoot
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Songs By Gordon Lightfoot On Acoustic

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1. 14 Karat Gold

14 Karat Gold is from the 1982  album "Shadows".

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G/A, A, E, C, D, Am, E7, F, Dm, G
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2. Alberta Bound

Alberta Bound was inspired by a female passenger on a bus ride to Calgary and can be found on the album "Don Quixote".

The single was released in 1972 but failed to chart.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A7
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3. Bitter Green

Bitter Green reached #44 on the Canadian charts when it hit the airwaves back in 1968. 

She song hails from the album "Back Here On Earth". A second version was recorded in 1975 for his "Gord's Gold" album. Ronnie Hawkins had a #36 with his version in 1971.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A6, A, D, D/Gb, G, A7, F, E

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4. Black Day In July

Black Day In July is off of Gordon's 1968 album entitled "Did She Mention My Name?". 

The single reached #68 on the Canadian Charts.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Em, D, G, C, Em/C#, Em/ C
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5. Carefree Highway

Carefree Highway was another #1 in both the US and Canada for Lightfoot and was released from the "Sundown" album. 

I'm looking at several charts when I say #1 because in the US on 3 different charts the song reached, #10, #1 and #81. The same in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up and repeat
  • Picking: a little in the rhythm
  • Chords: D, C, G, A7sus, A7, Gb, Bm, Bm/A, E7sus, E7 
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6. Christian Island

Christian Island is a track from the album "Don Quixote" from1972.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3- up down up (with 1-2-3 being notes in the chord)
  • Picking: no just a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C, D
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7. Cotton Jenny

Cotton Jenny can be found on Lightfoot's 1971 album "Summer Side Of Life". Anne Murray later recorded the song and made it a #1 hit in Canada and #11 in the US.

Lightfoot never released the song as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C/G, C, D, D7, A7
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8. Don Quixote

Don Quixote is a track from the 1972 album of the same name. The song is about a book written in the 1600's with a fictional character with the name Don Quixote.

This song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C, D, C/G
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9. Early Morning Rain

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
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10. For Lovin Me - Did She Mention My Name

For Lovin Me - Did She Mention My Name  is a combo that Lightfoot starting doing in concerts. But the first song, For Loving Me is from his debut 1965 album "Lightfoot".

But it was never released as a single. Did She Mention My Name is from the 1967 album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, G, D, C, Em, A7, D7
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11. Hangdog Hotel Room

Hangdog Hotel Room is a track from Lightfoot's 1978 album "Endless Wire" and has a rock n roll vibe to it which is a bit of a departure from his normal style.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up like a steady rock n roll rhythm
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, B, D, E, G
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12. If You Could Read My Mind

If You Could Read My Mind was the first #1 for Gordon Lightfoot in Canada and in the US when it was released in 1970.

The track can be found on the album, "Sit Down Young Stranger". The song inspiration came about from a divorce Lightfoot was going through at the time.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3- up down up (with 1-2-3 being notes in the chord)
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G,  Fmaj7, G7, C, D, Em, G6, Am7
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