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3. Early Morning Rain (4:02) (Gordon Lightfoot; Warner Bros. Publications, Inc.)

One of the toughest things about recording a Gordon Lightfoot song…is deciding which of the dozens of incredible songs to record! I first heard this song as it was recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary - it was years later that I learned that Lightfoot was the composer. But once I heard GL’s recordings, I was hooked. In a class of songwriters with the likes of Bob Dylan and Lennon and McCartney, this and so many of his other compositions were part of the soundtrack of my youth. It was this music that made me want to play and sing…and eventually write my own songs. What a wonderful gift to be given!

Lyrics

In the early mornin' rain with a dollar in my hand
With an achin' in my heart and my pockets full of sand
I'm a long way from home and I miss my loved ones so
In the early mornin' rain with no place to go


Out on runway number nine, big 7-o-7 set to go
But I'm stuck here in the grass where the pavement never goes
Now the liquor tasted good and the lovers all were fast
Well there she goes, my friend, she's a rollin' down at last


Hear the mighty engines roar, see the silver wing on high
She's away and westward bound, far above the clouds she'll fly
Where the mornin' rain don't fall and the sun always shines
She'll be flying o'er my home in about three hours’ time


This old airport's got me down, it's no earthly good to me
'Cause I'm stuck here on the ground, cold and drunk as I might be
Can't jump a jet plane like you can a freight train
So I'd best be on my way in the early mornin' rain

So I'd best be on my way in the early mornin' rain