The Last Time I Saw Her

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  1. Bill Sheehan

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    I had the privilege of seeing Gordon Lightfoot in concert a few years ago here in my home town. He was in his mid-seventies at the time, and very frail, the formerly robust voice just a shadow of its former self. But the audience seemed to have a great deal of respect for him (almost a reverence), and the concert was very enjoyable. He's now about 80, and still performing when he can, despite continuing health challenges. I think he even has a brand new album out, featuring just him and his acoustic guitar. One of his songs that always makes me get teary-eyed is "The Last Time I Saw Her". I have a feeling it's something that many, if not most, of us can relate to in our own way. The following is audio from a live performance of the song, obviously many years ago, and I'm always astounded at the power and expressiveness of Gordon's voice, in his younger days. Truly a treasure.

     
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    Agreed - truly a treasure.
    I've been a big fan for a long time and have seen him many times over the years when he came to New Jersey and New York. He and Red Shea on the early albums were very influential in my wanting to learn finger picking style.
    He has definitely inspired my acoustic playing.
     
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    I am a big Gordon freak, & that is my favorite song. It was also my mom's favorite. I took her to see Gordon in the mid-70s at Lincoln Center, and he ended with that one. She was so afraid he wasn't gonna do it. You're right; it is a tear jerker.
     
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    Wonderful talent.

    If you could read my mind, you'd know I've been a fan for a very long time, so so many great songs that are a lot of fun to play
     
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    Thanks, Suthol! And to use the popular expression... "We saw what you did there...!" :)
     
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    A true great. I first heard his music in the mid '70s while stationed in Maine and have enjoyed his work ever since.
     
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    Long time fan, seen him in concert a few times over the years. I've learned his fingerpicking style pretty well by playing and singing several of his songs. "Cotton Jenny" is one of my favorites to do.

     
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    Cotton Jenny & Redwood Hill got a run every gig, even playing them 6 nights a week they never grew stale
     
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    Was really into GL in the 70's for sure. Played a lot of his stuff on acoustic. He used to have a schooner named "Silverheels" always liked that name for a sailing boat. Your wake is your "Silverheels".
     
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    Gord's the man! I'm amazed he is still touring these days (well, kind of). he is definitely a legend!
     
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    My personal favorite

     
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    Nice!! I think he still has the same bass player; the other guitarist is deceased; not sure about the drummer and the steel guitar/keyboard guy...
     
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    I'm sorry to say Gordon Lightfoot has kinda dropped off my radar, and that's my loss. His talent has touched millions and millions of people.....sorry he's not doing so well. (but that comes to us all)
     
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    This one was 20 years ago... "A Painter Passing Through"... kinda sums him up:

     
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