Early Morning Rain

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"Early Morning Rain"
Single by George Hamilton IV
from the album Steel Rail Blues
Released 1966
Genre Country
Length 2:45
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Gordon Lightfoot
George Hamilton IV singles chronology
"Steel Rail Blues"
(1966)
"Early Morning Rain"
(1966)
"Urge for Going"
(1967)

"Early Morning Rain" (sometimes "Early Mornin' Rain") is a song composed and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. The song appears on his debut album Lightfoot! (1966) and in a re-recorded version on the 1975 compilation Gord's Gold.

Lightfoot composed the song in 1964, supposedly inspired by seeing off a friend at the Los Angeles airport some years previous.[citation needed] The lyrics suggest someone down on his luck, standing by an airport fence and observing the thunderous takeoff of a Boeing 707 jetliner. The general narrative of the song can be taken as a sort of jet-age musical allegory to a hobo of yesteryear lurking around a railroad yard attempting to surreptitiously board and ride a freight train.

Notable recordings and performances[edit]

The Canadian husband and wife duo Ian & Sylvia were the first artists to release this song, though the version by Peter, Paul & Mary is likely the most commercially successful version. There was over a year's time lag between their recording and Lightfoot's recording and its release. The Grateful Dead also recorded the song in 1965. Funk super-group Cameo frequently performs the song live as an homage to Lightfoot's influence on the band.[citation needed] We Five released a version of the song on their 1970 album, Catch the Wind.[1]

Hit singles[edit]

Tracks on hit albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ We Five, Catch the Wind Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Peter, Paul and Mary charting singles Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  3. ^ George Hamilton IV charting singles Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ Oliver Chart Singles Discography Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Ian & Sylvia charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Judy Collins charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  7. ^ Peter, Paul and Mary charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  8. ^ Chad & Jeremy charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  9. ^ George Hamilton IV charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  10. ^ Bob Dylan charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  11. ^ Jerry Reed charting albums Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Elvis Presley charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  13. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  14. ^ Gordon Lightfoot charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.

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