"Broken Dreams" as written by and Gordon Lightfoot....
Born in the country and I like that country smile
Of the little girls and boys, they remind me of a child
That I knew and a big harvest moon
That shone by supper time in the dusty afternoon

And I need to be there when the autumn wind goes
Singing through the trestle we would climb
Like brave mountaineers
We never were much bothered by time

Born in the country and I like that country song
We played for just a nickel every time we got to town
And I bought you a dime diamond ring
In the hayloft we would play, we were princesses and kings

And I need to be there when the world
Gets too heavy and the shadows cross my mind
Like brave mountaineers
We never were much bothered by time

Born in the country and I like that country way
Of the uncles aunts and cousins, and the card games they would play
While the young ones slept overhead
Beneath the quilts that mother made, when all the prayers were said

And I need to be there when the autumn wind
Goes singing through the trestle we would climb
Like brave mountaineers
We never were much bothered by time

And I need to be there when the world
Gets too heavy and the shadows cross my mind
Like brave mountaineers
We never were much bothered by time



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"Broken Dreams" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentI'd love to know what Gord was thinking when he wrote this, but for now, I can only guess.

    I see two recurring themes, which centre around deep personal setback, and change. Taking a semi-wild guess, this seems to be a classic optimist's philosophy on turning crisis into opportunity.

    There are a few lines I find insoluble:

    1) Though money, fame, and riches are
    For fools and kings or anything
    That turns them on
    Perhaps this is Gord deprecating a popular metric for success, which is even more popular for iconoclastic folk singers like Gord to deprecate :)

    2) Why does Gord cite various art media as a source of examples that illustrate his point? Movies have a powerful influence on mainstream media, and there's a great wealth of examples of lots of things there. Love songs also are very mainstream. Nursery rhymes and fairy tales have very little influence of that sort, and I can't imagine how any of them are connected to this song.
    Anguson November 26, 2007   Link

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