As the Endless Carefree Highway Leads Me On


Photo courtesy Gwen Goodmanlowe

Left to right: Mike Heffernan - Keyboards, Rick Haynes - Bass, Barry Keane - Drums
Gordon Lightfoot - Guitar & Vocals, Carter Lancaster - Lead Guitar

I wrote this song in early 2015, as a tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, first for his album "Gord's Gold" which was one of the first LP's I ever owned, as well as to his current "Carefree Highway" tour, celebrating over 50 years of music.

Gord's Gold tracks (original LP)

I'm Not Sayin' / Ribbon of Darkness
Song for a Winter's Night
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Softly
For Lovin' Me / Did She Mention My Name
Affair on 8th Avenue
Steel Rail Blues
Wherefore and Why
Bitter Green
Early Morning Rain
Minstrel of the Dawn
Sundown
Beautiful
Summer Side of Life
Rainy Day People
Cotton Jenny
Don Quixote
Circle of Steel
Old Dan's Records
If You Could Read My Mind
Cold Upon My Shoulder
Carefree Highway


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Words & Music by Larry Holder
(With adapted inclusion of titles from Gord's Gold)
Copyright © 2015 Larry Holder (Larry Holder Music, ASCAP)

Gord's Gold was on the stereo
The LP circled 'round
The ballads and the stories came alive
The songs became a journey
On a new-found, open road
The 12-string and the vocals mesmerized.

'Twas Cold Upon My Shoulder
In the Early Morning Rain
Until I heard The Minstrel of the Dawn
And basking in the glory of
The Summer Side of Life
The endless Carefree Highway led me on.

And here's to Rick Haynes on the bass
And Carter on guitar
With Mike on keys, and Barry keepin' time
Those dedicated troubadors
With Gordon on the stage
Together in the rhythm and the rhyme.

As day gives way to Sundown
Well, If You Could Read My Mind
You'd know I seek the Wherefore and the Why
I'm Not Sayin' there's no Bitter Green
But life is Beautiful
As the endless Carefree Highway rolls on by.

[instrumental]

'Twas Cold Upon My Shoulder
In the Early Morning Rain
Until I heard The Minstrel of the Dawn
And basking in the glory of
The Summer Side of Life
The endless Carefree Highway led me on.

Yes, 'twas Cold Upon My Shoulder
In the Early Morning Rain
Until I heard The Minstrel of the Dawn
And basking in the glory of
The Summer Side of Life
The endless Carefree Highway leads me on.
Yes, the endless Carefree Highway leads me on!