Posts Tagged ‘gordon lightfoot’

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Coverage: Johnny Cash, “If You Could Read My Mind”

October 1, 2008

In keeping with this week’s de facto celebration of Canadian music, here’s a Johnny Cash cover of Gordon Lightfoot‘s 1970 hit, “If You Could Read My Mind.” If you’ve never heard the song before, and part of it sounds familiar, you might be familiar with Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.” Lightfoot sued its songwriter, Michael Masser, alleging that Masser lifted part of the melody (“I don’t where we went wrong, but the feeling’s gone, and I just can’t get it back” in the Lightfoot song lines up with “I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadow” in the Houston version). They settled out of court and Masser publicly apologized.

Needless to say, the Johnny Cash version (and even the Lightfoot original) blows the Whitney Houston song out of the water.

MP3: Johnny Cash – If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot cover)

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Neophile: The First Time

May 24, 2008

Toronto-based The First Time are making a splash with their cover of “Sundown,” a mega-hit by iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. This song, released in 1974, hit number one on the Billboard charts and cemented Lightfoot’s status as a major musician. I grew up listening to it, but it was always in the background – the kind of boring music your parents listened to. It wasn’t until I heard The First Time’s version that the song cracked open for me, and I realized that it was about infidelity, lust, addiction, and other decidedly grown-up themes. Like all great covers, it made me hear the original anew.

It’s late notice, but if you happen to be in Toronto, The First Time has a gig tonight at the Bovine Sex Club.

MP3: The First Time – Sundown [Gordon Lightfoot original here]

[I stole the image from TFT’s MySpace page, since I wasn’t enthusiastic about doing a Google Image search on the phrase ‘the first time’.]