Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain

January 15, 2011

One of Monte’s favorite songs to perform was that of Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain.  As mentioned earlier, closer to the end of his life, Monte mainly only played music by himself.  As it is remembered, one night in his kitchen during a night of drink, in front of his son, Eric, and long-time family friends Mark and John, during a discussion about music, Monte was persuaded to bring out his guitar.

On that night, Monte played Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain and hit every note.  The performance by Monte was magical and certainly could not have been done better if an attempt had been made to video tape the performance.  After he was done, there was a brief silent moment over what had just been witnessed. Even Monte was pleased with his performance and it was one of those moments a person knows will be remembered for years to come.

The words to this particular song are quite poignant when it comes to Monte and his life.

Below is a video of Gordon Lightfoot singing Early Morning Rain. Below that are the lyrics.

 

In the early morning 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 morning rain
With no place to go
Out on runway number nine
Big seven-o-seven set to go
And I’m stuck here in the grass
With a pain that ever grows
Now the liquor tasted good
And the women all were fast
Well there she goes my friend
She’ll be 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 flyin’ o’er my home
In about three hours time

This old airport’s got me down
It’s no earthly good to me
And I’m stuck here on the ground
As cold and drunk as I can be
You can’t jump a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So I’d best be on my way
In the early morning rain
You can’t jump a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So I’d best be on my way
In the early morning rain

 

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