"Early Morning Rain." Song by Gordon Lightfoot
. Written in the summer of 1964, it recounts a lonely man's attempts to make his way back to a faraway home. It was recorded first by Ian and Sylvia
as the title song of their fourth LP (Vancouver VSD-79154); it was also a minor pop hit 1965-6 as recorded by the US trio Peter, Paul and Mary (Warner 5659) and a country hit in 1966 as recorded by George Hamilton IV (RCA 8924). Many other recordings followed, including those by Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins
, the Kingston Trio, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, the Travellers
, and Josh White. Instrumental versions have been recorded by Guido Basso
, Tony Rice and others. The composer included versions of the song on his LPs Lightfoot
, Sunday Concert
, and Gord's Gold
. "Early Morning Rain" was copyrighted in 1964 and 1966 by M. Witmark, New York, and has been included in the Lightfoot folios Anthology I
and Gord's Gold
published by Warner.
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Early Morning Rain
Watch a video of Gordon Lightfoot performing his song "Early Morning Rain" in a 1979 Chicago concert." From YouTube.