Sadly, it is usually the passing of an artist that gets me off my ass to write on this blog.
Gordon Lightfoot's passing was enough to do that. I know I have twice featured covers of arguably his best known song, but there are so many other great tributes.
I want to open this with a personal note: the original version of this song absolutely blows me away with emotion. I find it very hard to listen to, but at the same time, it is a fabulous song.
The late Glen Campbell, a fellow storyteller himself, paid great tribute to Lightfoot's worldwide #1 - arguably the greatest breakup song every written.
I almost left this abomination off, but I didn't.
House music collective Stars on 54 did an electronic cover of this song that was a hit in 1998.
You can skip this one. Or don't It's nothing if not interesting.
A more surprisinging rich version was done in 2019 by former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle. It's rich and beautiful - her raspy voice bringing serious gravitas to the already deep song.
She also paid great tribute to Lightfoot on Twitter. I'll let her say it best.
In 2019, I recorded a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's haunting "If You Could Read My Mind" for my Runaway Horses 30th Anniversary box set. https://t.co/ACT4InvEJt— Belinda Carlisle 💙 (@belindacarlisle) May 2, 2023
It's one of my favorite songs.
RIP #gordonlightfoot pic.twitter.com/s6cRWFh9Jx
There are so many great covers of this song, I could not include them all without being here all day writing. I wanted to include one more.
The greatest tribute I can think of with which to end this post is one Canadian legend covering another Canadian legend, and with that, I bring you Neil Young.
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