Song for a Winter's Night

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"Song for a Winter's Night"
Song by Gordon Lightfoot from the album The Way I Feel
Released 1967 (1967)
Format LP record
Genre Folk
Length 3:01
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Gordon Lightfoot
Producer(s) John Court

"Song for a Winter's Night" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot, and first recorded for his 1967 album, The Way I Feel. Lightfoot actually recorded two versions of the song; the second appears on the 1975 album Gord's Gold, a greatest hits compilation on which other re-recordings also appeared.


The song has been covered by several artists, including The Raftsmen (who retitled it "The Hands I Love"), on their 1967 album On Target; Harry Belafonte on his 1967 album "Belafonte on Campus" (under the title "The Hands I Love"); Kenny Rankin, on his 1967 album Mind-Dusters; Catherine McKinnon, on her 1969 album Everybody's Talkin'; Tony Rice, on his 1986 album Me & My Guitar; and Schooner Fare, on their 1987 album Home for the Holidays.

Sarah McLachlan covered the song for the soundtrack to the 1994 film Miracle on 34th Street; her rendition also appears on her 1996 compilation album Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff, on her 2006 Christmas album Wintersong, and in the soundtrack for the TV series Due South.

Quartette recorded the song for the 2003 album Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot.

Blue Rodeo recorded the song for their 2014 album A Merrie Christmas to You.

Kim Kelly recorded the song as a single in February 2015.


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