Carefree Highway (song)

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"Carefree Highway"
Carefree Highway - Gordon Lightfoot.jpg
Single by Gordon Lightfoot
from the album Sundown
B-side"Seven Island Suite"
ReleasedAugust 1974
GenreFolk, country rock
Length3:45
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Gordon Lightfoot
Producer(s)Lenny Waronker
Gordon Lightfoot singles chronology
"Sundown"
(1974)
"Carefree Highway"
(1974)
"Rainy Day People"
(1975)
"Sundown"
(1974)
"Carefree Highway"
(1974)
"Rainy Day People"
(1975)

"Carefree Highway" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot and was the second single release from his 1974 album, Sundown. The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart in October 1974.[1]

The song's name comes from a section of Arizona State Route 74 in north Phoenix. Said Lightfoot, "I thought it would make a good title for a song. I wrote it down, put it in my suitcase and it stayed there for eight months."[2] The song employs "Carefree Highway" as a metaphor for the state of mind where the singer seeks escape from his ruminations over a long ago failed affair with a woman named Ann. Lightfoot has stated that Ann actually was the name of a woman Lightfoot romanced when he was age 22:[2] "It [was] one of those situations where you meet that one woman who knocks you out and then leaves you standing there and says she's on her way."[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 146.
  2. ^ a b Naglin, Nancy. "After "Sundown" Gordon Lightfoot makes up for lost time". Crawdaddy (April 1975). Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  3. ^ William R. Weiss (1999-01-04). "Gordon Lightfoot - Songbook Liner Notes / Poems". Lightfoot.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "RPM Top Singles for November 23, 1974". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  6. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary for October 12, 1974". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  7. ^ "RPM Country Tracks for November 30, 1974". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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