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#SLS — Gordon Lightfoot — Your Love’s Return

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I feel that everyone should be able to find a song that fits the prompt Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

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gordon lightfoot

Today’s offering for Song Lyric Sunday is a song by one of my favorite songwriters and singers, Mr. Gordon Lightfoot. The song is, “Your Love’s Return”, which is off of his 1970, “If you Could Read My Mind” album, 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.  [This is a repeat of a post I did in January 2019, but it fits the prompt perfectly.]

“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.

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
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
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
Listen to them talk about your love’s return
Songwriters: Gordon Lightfoot
Your Love’s Return lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

24 thoughts on “#SLS — Gordon Lightfoot — Your Love’s Return

  1. What was Gordon Lightfoot’s greatest hit? I heard of that name before. Nevertheless, “Your Love’s Return” is a calming song filled with deep meaning. Thanks for the new favorite!

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      1. Yes, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”! I listened to that song when I was in 6th grade, because my teacher liked it. He told the true story and I cried. It was a tragic tale!

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