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Your Love’s Return (1970)

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Today’s offering for Word Challenge of the Day’s hopeful and Fandango’s FOWC of deliver will be to deliver a song by a favorite songwriter and singer, Mr. Gordon Lightfoot. The song is, “Your Love’s Return”, which is off of his 1970, “If you Could Read My Mind” CD, which was originally titled, “Sit Down Young Stranger”. This is Gordon’s first LP produced by Reprise Records, and the research says it is what led to his recognition and popularity.

Your Love’s Return” has (Song for Stephen Foster) in parentheses after it. At one site, it suggests it was written by Foster, but another site says Gordon wrote it. Anyone with more information on the song and songwriter, please let me know.

The song is one of yearning and hope, where the singer is hopeful that his lost love will one day deliver herself to his door. Reading some on Gordon’s personal history, he married multiple times, where he admits his infidelity contributed to at least one marriage’s failure. He has several children from multiple women. It makes me wonder which one of the women he was thinking of when he wrote this one. It’s a sad song. His hope remains alive, but what is not said is that she is not coming back.

Lyrics
Come to the door my pretty one
Put on your rings and precious things
Hide all your tears as best you can
Try to recall what used to be
Roses are waiting for dewdrops to fall
Climbing your windows and walls
Bells in steeple are ringing
Singing
Listen to them talk about your love’s return
*
Let me come in my pretty one
And try to undo what I have done
For I must be forgiven now
I can’t leave your love alone
Roses are waiting for dewdrops to fall
Climbing your windows and walls
Leaves in the garden are falling
Calling
Listen to them talk about your love’s return
*
Open the door my pretty one
Wake from your sleep and take me home
Open your eyes and look my way
I’ll not loose what I have won
Roses are waiting for dewdrops to fall
Climbing your windows and walls
Bells in steeple are ringing
Singing
Listen to them talk about your love’s return
*
Songwriters: Gordon Lightfoot
Your Love’s Return lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

12 thoughts on “Your Love’s Return (1970)

  1. Ah, that explains the dedication. Wasn’t sure if he had taken some of the melody or lyrics from one of Foster’s songs. It’s one of my favorite Lightfoot songs. The yearning hope that one day she will return…

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