"Carefree Highway" as written by and Gordon Lightfoot....
Pickin' up the pieces of my sweet shattered dream
I wonder how the old folks are tonight
Her name was Ann and I'll be damned if I recall her face
She left me not knowin' what to do
Carefree highway, let me slip away on you
Carefree highway, you seen better days
The mornin' after blues from my head down to my shoes
Carefree highway, let me slip away
Slip away on you
Turnin' back the pages to the times I love best
I wonder if she'll ever do the same
Now the thing that I call livin' is just bein' satisfied
With knowin' I got no one left to blame
Carefree highway, got ta see you my old flame
Carefree highway, you seen better days
The mornin' after blues from my head down to my shoes
Carefree highway, let me slip away
Slip away on you
Searchin' through the fragments of my dream-shattered sleep
I wonder if the years have closed her mind
I guess it must be wanderlust or tryin' to get free
From the good old faithful feelin' we once knew
Carefree highway, let me slip away on you
Carefree highway, you seen better days
The mornin' after blues from my head down to my shoes
Carefree highway, let me slip away
Slip away on you
Let me slip away on you
Carefree highway, got ta see you my old flame
Carefree highway, you seen better days
The mornin' after blues from my head down to my shoes
Carefree highway, let me slip away
Slip away on you


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"Carefree Highway" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song should be one of the top 500 ever written. It is a great song about innocence lost. He once rode on the 'carefree highway' of life with this girl. Well, it turns out life isn't so carefree. He's wondering what life's highway is bringing her and if she ever thinks about their time together in a simpler more carefree time.

    Carefree highway, you seen better days
    The mornin' after blues from my head down to my shoes
    Carefree highway, let me slip away
    Slip away on you

    Sentimental lyrics about childhood memories.
    Freedom Loveron April 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso the lyrics are pretty obvious, but i had to comment because i love gordon lightfoot:

    he hits the road thinking about a relationship that went bad. it's obviously something that happened a long time ago ("I wonder if the years have closed her mind") but feels like it was just yesterday ("The mornin' after blues") and as a result it still haunts him.
    count_floydon April 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh man, just one comment? Awesome song, one of my all-time favorites.
    TallCoolOneon March 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvery time I hear this great song I want to get drunk while reminiscing. I say top 100 ever written, joining Sundown & If You Could Read My Mind.
    nosmaSon May 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat great song,music just isnt like this anymore!
    oilyon July 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUgh..story of my life right now haha
    danman21on August 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionJust so powerfully poignant; never fails the tears flow when I read those lyrics;

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    The needless loss that cant be regained,

    and no one else left to blame.

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    Could someone add the copyright date? ty.
    MinisterOTruthon October 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite lines of all time: "Searchin' through the fragments of my dream-shattered sleep".......................
    Wow.....I had a similar experience with a woman I once was close to.....I could not see her face. Finally found a photo of her....but like Gord said: "I'll be damned if I recall her face"........isn't that weird?
    barrylamaron October 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is what I hear: I think Lightfoot is saying that he took the Carefree Highway by cheating on Ann - that's why he has "the morning after blues from my head down to my shoes". And the Carefree Highway left him not knowin what to do. He wants her to forget about his mistake: "Turnin' back the pages to the times I love best
    I wonder if she'll ever do the same"
    maplesugaron September 18, 2015   Link

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