The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Lyrics - Gordon Lightfoot

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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 twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That big 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
Then later that night when the ship's bell rang
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

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The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
When the 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 freezing 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 to know ya"
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the big 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 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

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A tribute... | Reviewer: Catherine | 9/30/13

My apologies for the typos in the review from 9-27-13. Ironically, I mention Mr. Lightfoot's indignation over the misspelling of the ship's name and then in the title I misspell Mr. Lightfoot's first name. Yeah, in a hurry and forgot the R. I hope that this can be found humorous in light of my very best intentions to seriously pay a tribute to the families, the crew of the SS Edmond Fitzgerald, the legendary song and the wondrous Mr. Lightfoot as the sad anniversary of this tragedy approaches.

A tribute to the family of the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Godon Lightfoot | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/27/13

Haunts many of us to this day and I was just a child then, growing up on Lake Michigan. I have read so much about this tragedy. Several things clarify that there was absolutely no human error to speak of. What happened, happened so quickly that I feel and I hope that the crew could not have known of demise. The ship already battered and listing was,I now truly feel, hit by a rogue wave. The phenomenon , called the three sisters happens incredibly fast. I feel the rogue wve crashed into the ship and she sank within moments. I hope that this can bring some comfort to those family members of the crew who grive. My heart and prayers go out to the family members of those lost on November 10th 1975. Every year I remember. I think many of us do. Thank's to Mr. Lightfoot, who became indignant that the name of the ship was mispelled in an article, who got inspired to honor the men amd the ship, we are reminded. He wrote the song within thee days that November and recored it on the 1st take. And a fabulous honor to those men and the ship did Mr. Lightfoot bestow! In 2010, Mr. Lightfoot even changed the lyric about the hatchway (for live performances only) because they had found this to be a tragedy with no human error involved. What a wonderful man Mr. Lightfoot is! GOD BLESS all of the family and friends of the crew and Mr. Lightfoot!

The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/26/10

I grew up in the Flint Michigan area and I remember the night the Fitzgerald sank becuse there was a nasty wind and rain storm that night. I remember my Father the next morning talking that a ship was missing on lake supurior that they think may have sank so the song is all based on true facts I remember

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