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
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 1966 debut album Lightfoot! and in a re-recorded version on the 1975 compilation Gord's Gold.

Lightfoot composed the song in 1964, but the genesis of the song took root during his sojourn in Westlake, Los Angeles during 1960. During this time Lightfoot became homesick and would go out to the Los Angeles airport on rainy days to watch the approach of aircraft.[1] The imagery of the flights taking off into the overcast sky was still with him when in 1964, about five years later he was babysitting his 5-month-old baby son and he thought “I’ll put him over here in his crib, and I’ll write myself a tune.”[citation needed] "Early Morning Rain" was the result.

The lyrics suggest someone down on his luck, standing at an airport fence and observing the thunderous takeoff of a Boeing 707 jetliner. The general narrative of the song can be taken as a jet-age musical allegory to a hobo of yesteryear lurking around a railroad yard attempting to surreptitiously board and ride a freight train to get home. Lightfoot reflects that being able to capture this narrative was due to his steady improvement as a song writer.[citation needed]

Notable recordings and performances[edit]

The Canadian husband and wife duo Ian & Sylvia were the first artists to release this song in 1965. There was over a year's time lag between their recording and Lightfoot's recording and its release in 1966. 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.[2] "In the early morning rain" is also noted as a US Army tune sung in unison, in marching formation as 'Jodie': "In the early morning rain with my weapon in my hand, I will make a final stand, and pocket full of sand", sung in cadence as the soldiers marched.

Hit singles[edit]

Appearances on hit albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon Lightfoot: Extended Interview Retrieved 29th June, 2015.
  2. ^ We Five, Catch the Wind Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Peter, Paul and Mary charting singles Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ George Hamilton IV charting singles Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Oliver Chart Singles Discography Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  6. ^ Ian & Sylvia charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  7. ^ Judy Collins charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  8. ^ Peter, Paul and Mary charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  9. ^ Chad & Jeremy charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  10. ^ George Hamilton IV charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  11. ^ Bob Dylan charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  12. ^ Jerry Reed charting albums Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  13. ^ a b Elvis Presley charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  14. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  15. ^ Gordon Lightfoot charting albums Retrieved February 28, 2012.

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