Song of the Day, June 29: Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot

Today’s song is Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot. This Canadian folk-singer was a staple of my childhood radio days in the 70s. I always loved this song, and my affection has only deepened with time. I must confess to not understanding the reference

Sometimes I think it’s a shame
When I get feelin’ better when I’m feelin’ no pain.

as a kid. The bluesy, repetitive groove of the lyrics is perfect for the cautious concern and brewing lust of the song. On this date in 1974, Sundown became Gordon Lightfoot’s only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Enjoy this wonderful song today.

BONUS – here’s Lightfoot performing the song live for television.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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