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1. In My Fashion

In My Fashion is a track 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 - down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: some riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords: E, Esus, B/E 
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2. Race Among The Ruins

Race Among The Ruins was from the Summertime Dream album of 1976.

The song peaked as high as #11 in Canada and reached # 13 in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: D, A, G, F
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3. Rainy Day People

Rainy Day People was released in 1975 and was the only single from the album "Cold On The Shoulder".

The song peaked at #1 in both Canada and the US.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, C, Am
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4. Ribbon Of Darkness

Ribbon Of Darkness was a single release back in 1965 from the album "Lightfoot". But his version did not chart. However, Marty Robbins released the single the same year and had a #1 country hits.

Connie Smith, Crystal Gayle and Bruce Cockburn have all done covers on the song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, Am, D7
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5. Second Cup Of Coffee

Second Cup Of Coffee hails from the "Don Quixote" album from 1972.

This one was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up 
  • Picking: yes blended into the rhythm
  • Chords: D, G, A7, A/Db, Em
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6. Song For A Winters Night

Song For A Winters Night hails from the 1967 album "The Way I Feel". The song was actually written in the summertime heat of Cleveland Ohio in 1967.

The song was never released as a single but was re-recorded for the late album "Gord's Gold" in 1975

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up 
  • Picking: a few riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords: G, F, C, D/Gb, Em, Bm, Am, D, B7
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7. Summer Side Of Life

Summer Side Of Life broke into the US charts at #98 back in 1971 and comes from the album of the same name.

In Canada the song peaked at #21 on one chart and #4 on another.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up down up down up down up down up  and repeat
  • Picking: Yes blended into the rhtyhm
  • Chords: C, F, G, Esus, Am, E
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8. Summertime Dream

Summertime Dream is a track from the 1976 album of the same name.

The song was never released as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, G, A7, Bm, A7sus
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9. Sundown

Sundown was Lightfoot's 2nd #1 song in the US and his only #1 on the US Hot 100 chart. The song was also a #1 in Canada, hit the US Country charts at #13 and reached a #4 in Australia.

The song is from the album of the same name. The song has been covered by Tony Keith, Jesse Winchester and Nana Mouskouri.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, B7, A, D
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10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was a huge hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, but years earlier, folk artists began playing this song that dates back to 1957.

And many of those earlier versions sound nothing like the 1972 hit. And that includes Lightfoot's version here from his debut 1965 album "Lightfoot".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: 1-2 up root down up down up  and repeat (where 1-2 are notes in the chord)
  • Picking:
  • Chords: D, A, Gbm, Em, G, C, A7
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11. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald is a great song about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The song reached #1 in Canada and #2 in the US and hit #40 in the UK.

The song can be found on the "Summertime Dream" album from 1976.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes blended into the rhtyhm
  • Chords: Asus2, Em, G, D
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12. You Are What I Am

You Are What I Am was a single release from the 1972 album "Old Dan's Records". The song was a #1 in Canada and a #32 in the US.

The song also charted in Australia at #37.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Gb, G, Ab, A, C, D, G, D7, E7, A7
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