"Four Strong Winds" as written by and Ian Tyson....
Think I'll go out to Alberta, weather's good there in the fall
I got some friends that I could go to working for
Still I wish you'd change your mind,
If I asked you one more time
But we've been through this a hundred times or more

Four strong winds that blow lonely, seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change, come what may
If the good times are all gone, and I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.

If I get there before the snow flies, and if things are looking good
You could meet me if I sent you down the fare
But by then it would be winter, not too much for you to do
And those winds sure can blow cold way out there

Four strong winds that blow lonely, seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change, come what may
If the good times are all gone, so I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.

Still I wish you'd change your mind,
If I asked you one more time
But we've been through that a hundred times or more

Four strong winds that blow lonely, seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change, come what may
If the good times are all gone, and I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.

I'll look for you if I'm ever pass this way


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"Four Strong Winds" as written by Ian Tyson

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    General CommentI've been listening to this song nonstop for a couple hours, and I just realized that it's not a sad song at all. The singer is trying to weasel his way out of his relationship.

    "We've been through that a hundred times or more."

    "IF I get there before the snow flies, and IF things are looking good..."

    "But by then it would be winter, not too much for you to do, and those winds sure can blow cold way out there."

    "I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way."

    It's a brush-off. He's giving her every reason for why she SHOULDN'T follow him.

    It's definitely a love song, but what the singer loves is the great outdoors, the open road, the restless lifestyle, freedom. He may have loved her too, but she pales in comparison to whatever it is he's looking for out there. It's a true cowboy song, and this interpretation doesn't diminish its beauty one bit.
    corvelayon March 26, 2012   Link
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    General Commentone of the greatest songs, covered by some of the greatest people
    walrusgumboots1on February 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe greatest song ever, it rings true to my life
    kel_115124on September 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIan Tyson wrot this song. On stage Neil said that it was one of the most beautiful songs he ever heard.
    It really is a nice song!
    Sindreon January 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI wish she would change her mind if I asked her one more time..but we've been through that a hundred times or more. I am going out to BC instead of Alberta though, gotta start a new life, theres no other way to get rid of this heartache. Thank you Neil for giving me someone to relate to. You've saved my life many times. I will love your musical contributions forever..even if this is Ian & Sylvia's originally, I like your version more, hehe
    DCBA25on February 07, 2011   Link

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