Song of the Day, July 8: Race Among the Ruins by Gordon Lightfoot

LightfootRaceToday’s song is Race Among the Ruins by Gordon Lightfoot. It originally appeared on his 1976 masterpiece Summertime Dream. Lightfoot is in fine voice, delivering a wonderful song of hope in a world of uncertainty. Moving at a fast clip, he looks at the various kinds of support and loss that surround us every day. Our best chance, he notes, is to rise above the wreckage and move forward with determination.

When you wake up to the promise of your dream world coming true,
With one less friend to call on, was it someone that I knew?
Away you will go sailing in a race among the ruins,
If you plan to face tomorrow, do it soon.

Enjoy this beautiful song today.


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