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From the movie "House of Flying Daggers", a tragic story.
Jackie first recorded this at the age of 11. Now 15, she has performed it at nearly every concert. Her rendition is nothing short of spectacular. - BobG
Final acapella line: "Your voice still echoes... In my heart".
How is this not #1? It is simple, yet complex. It is slow, yet fast. It is quiet, yet loud. And overall tells one of the best stories in any song. - Doom
This song has a drug reference in it - jmepa1234
"... Every blow that laid him down and
Cut him til he cried out, in his anger, in his pain,
I am leaving, I am leaving,
But the Fighter still remains
Yes he still remains" - Billyv
I saw Gordon Lightfoot perform this live once. The creepy thing was, right at the line "and later that night when his lights went out of sight came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" there was a flash of lightning over a lake nearby. Eerie. - PetSounds
Many performers would have incorporated that intentionally as part of the show, though Gordon does/did it without flash - Billyv
It sounds like opera
It tells the story a defining blow to the world of music where the loss of those three musicians had a huge impact on American culture.
Aka Rising Sun Blues. Origins, writers unknown. Many versions and covers. Most popular by The Animals. - Billyv
Jackie's voice soars as she sings of loss and hope. - BobG
"He was born in the summer of his twenty-seventh year, going home to a place he'd never been before. He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again, you might say he found the key to every door..."
It tells a story indeed. And one which I never get tired of. - PetSounds
"... And they say that he went crazy once and he tried to touch the sun, and he lost his hand but kept the memory."
One of the reasons I was compelled to move to and live in Colorado for awhile, - the song, not the going "crazy" part. Haven't always had to look to far for that. - Billyv
And continued to excellence in Sequel as well - Billyv
Wrong album cover, but you're right that this is a great song that tells a story. - Songsta41
How is this only number 40? It should be number one without a question! Stan also is a creative song in that it is written using growingly aggressive letters from Stan, to Eminem. It tells a story good enough to turn into a movie. - ChickenKing
There are few songs of any genre that have the deep and complex emotions. If you are really looking for a good version look for the live version it gives even more feeling.
Why in hell is this #35 this is storytelling at its finest and these people here fail to recognize it.
This song is awesome it helps me all the time
To Bob Dylan; about him, about the two of them, about all of Us - Billyv
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Top Remixes (5)
2. To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho
3. Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho
2. The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
3. There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
2. A Little Bit of Everything - Dawes
3. American Pie - Don McLean
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