Gordon Lightfoot - Did She Mention My Name

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Did She Mention My Name

It's so nice to meet an old friend and pass the time of day,
And talk about the hometown a million miles away.
Is the ice still in the river? Are the old folks still the same?
And by the way, did she mention my name?
 
Did she mention my name just in passing?
And when the morning came do you remember if she dropped a name or two?
Is the home team still on fire? Do they still win all the games?1
And by the way, did she mention my name?
 
Is the landlord still a loser? Do his signs hang in the hall?
Are the young girls still as pretty in the city in the fall?
Does the laughter on their faces still put the sun to shame?
And by the way, did she mention my name?
 
Did she mention my name just in passing?
And when the talk ran high did the look in her eye seem far away?
Is the old roof still leaking when the late snow turns to rain?
And by the way, did she mention my name?
 
Did she mention my name just in passing?
And looking at the rain do you remember if she dropped a name or two?
Won't you say hello from someone? There'll be no need to explain.
And by the way, did she mention my name?
 
  • 1. I always took this to be a reference, entirely accurate, to le Canadien de Montréal.
Grampa Wild WillyGrampa Wild Willy দ্বারা রবি, 24/08/2014 - 11:58 তারিখ সাবমিটার করা হয়
Grampa Wild WillyGrampa Wild Willy সর্বশেষ সম্পাদনা করেছেন বৃহস্পতি, 23/04/2015 - 11:13
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I'll say it over and over. Gordon Lightfoot is a national treasure in Canada. It is impossible to be a bigger star than he is. And that's been true for 50 or so years. He's pretty much on the same level as Maurice Richard.
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In creating this transcription, first I wrote out as many of the words as I could remember without thinking too hard, which was perhaps only a third of the song. I then filled in the rest from the lyrics printed in the booklet that comes with the CD. The CD is from a German label named Bear Family Records, BCD 15699. Near as I can tell, the CD was released in 1992. It consists of both of Lightfoot's third and fourth albums, "Did She Mention My Name" and "Back Here on Earth," the former released in early 1968, the latter later that same year, both of which vinyl records I still own, although I have no idea if they are even playable any more. This song is, obviously, the title track of the former of the two albums. Curiously, the CD has this song as track #1. On the original album, it was the last of the twelve tracks. Then I listened to the song off the CD on headphones. Unlike some other songs, this one matched the printed lyrics and I didn't have to listen to passages repeatedly to verify things. One interesting thing, though, that I was reminded of again as I was listening. When I played this CD for the first time a number of years ago, I heard for the very first time ever the harmonized voices on a few lines. Those voices just never came through on my old phonograph records. Or my ears have needed a serious upgrade for a very long time. I have a hard time agreeing with people who say the old vinyl is superior to the new recording technology. But that's a debate for another day. Another curiosity. The title of neither the song nor the album contains a question mark. How ungrammatical. Here's Gord's biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Lightfoot and an article about the album http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Did_She_Mention_My_Name. If you visit this last link, you'll notice that whoever wrote the Wikipedia article added the question mark. This is an error. I assure you that the question mark does not appear on the album cover, neither for the title of the album nor for the title of the song. Of course, the printed lyrics show the question mark on the line within the song.

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