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Monday, November 9, 2015

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot (HD w/ Lyrics)


I don't know why this always gets to me. I had only been in Michigan a few years when it happened. It forever coloured my view of Lake Superior. I see her as a very dangerous lady. I love going there. We usually stop in at Whitefish point and go to the Great Lakes shipping museum where the artifacts from the wreck are displayed. The Gordon Lightfoot song plays there in a ha;f light that sets the mood. All crew members were lost that day. The very power that can break one of those ships in half is unbelievable. The ship was loaded with iron ore.
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There will be a memorial there this weekend to remember 40 years ago that night the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with all hands. I remember it being on the news that she was missing.............then the wait. Only to find she was down.
The words to the song bring it all to the emotion of that night. It is haunting.


4 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my you lived in that area then? Wow, how disturbing.

I grew up on Lake Erie - with the lake being in my back yard...my father's obsession were old ships on the lake. He had found and acquired many pieces that are now housed at The Great Lakes Museum. They are now there forever, as my father died 16 years ago.

That was one of his favorite songs, all of ours, but it is so haunting and sad, can't listen to it often. I had no idea it's been 40 years. I was too young to remember the sinking, but not the song! Have you ever read the book The Perfect Storm? (Or seen the movie, though the book is a million times better)? If not, it was based on the Edmund Fitsgerald. I highly recommend it.

I am going to go listen to your vid of the song, thank you for reminding me of something so major - especially to a great laker. ♥ May God Rest Their Souls.


NanaDiana said...

We love going to Lake Superior and I never suspected when I heard that song the first time that I would ever live anywhere near the great lakes. The song has always HAUNTED me! xo Diana

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

OK,so I watched "The Perfect Storm," and it is based on a true story of The Andrea Gail - a shark fishing boat in Glouster Massachusettes. It had been many years since I read it, so got them mixed up = thought I'd better clarify while it was on my mind. SO SAD.

Magic Love Crow said...

Very very sad!