"Song For A Winter's Night" as written by and Gordon Lightfoot....
The lamp is burnin' low upon my table top
The snow is softly fallin'
The air is still within the silence of my room
I hear your voice softly callin'

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
Upon this winter night with you

The smoke is rising in the shadows overhead
My glass is almost empty
I read again between the lines upon the page
The words of love you sent me

If I could know within my heart
That you were lonely too
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
Upon this winter night with you

The fire is dying now, my lamp is growing dim
The shades of night are liftin'
The mornin' light steals across my windowpane
Where webs of snow are driftin'

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
And to be once again with with you
To be once again with with you


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"Song for a Winter's Night" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentThis is a "love-letter" song. lightfoot describes the secne to his love as he "writes", and speaks of his yearning to be with her. very beautifully done.
    tgicountryboyon April 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWho hasn't been separated from someone they love? By time, or distance, or death, and hasn't wanted them to be close, "to be once again with you." It paints a sad, quiet picture, that is so very perfectly done.
    storysongmanon April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLightfoot is great at describing moods and situations... I like the lyric "i'd be happy just to hold the hands i love" I think the bells in the song really add to the mood of a snowed in cabin.
    driedpeason December 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbout a man who misses his lover and wants to be with her, to hear her breath a sigh or hold to her hands. Such a beautiful love song.
    elizavetaon February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably one of my favorite Gord songs - right up there with Shadows.

    This song is so wonderful in it's simplicity. As storysongman put it, who hasn't experience this. In fact, i think it's so universal, i experienced this song, almost in its entirety to the word. Everything from the snow the the lamp to the letters that he's reading. So sad, and so sweet all at the same time.

    "If i could know within my heart, that you were lonely too" is perhaps the most heartbreaking line.

    My endless thanks to you for this song Mr. Lightfoot.
    StickityWicketon July 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah, what the other guys said
    tripperfreekon July 09, 2010   Link

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