"Minstrel Of The Dawn" as written by and Gordon Lightfoot....
The minstrel of the dawn is here
To make you laugh and bend your ear
Up the steps you?ll hear him climb
All full of thoughts, all full of rhymes
Listen to the pictures flow
Across the room into your mind they go
Listen to the strings
They jangle and dangle
While the old guitar rings
The minstrel of the dawn is he
Not too wise but oh so free
He'll talk of life out on the street
He'll play it sad and say it sweet
Look into his shining face
Of lonelines you?ll always find a trace
Just like me and you
He's tryin? to get into things
More happy than blue

A minstrel of the changin? tide
He'll ask for nothing but his pride
Just sit him down upon that chair
Go fetch some wine and set it there
Listen to the pictures flow
Across the room into your mind they go
Listen to the strings
They jangle and dangle
While the old guitar rings

A minstrel of the dawn is near
Just like a step ?n fetchit here
He's like an old time troubador
Just wanting life and nothing more
Look into his shining eyes
And if you see a ghost don?t be surprised
Like me and you
He's tryin? to get into things
More happy than blue

The minstrel boy will understand
He holds a promise in his hand
He talks of better days ahead
And by his words your fortune?s read
Listen to the pictures flow
Across the room into your mind they go
Listen to the strings
They jangle and dangle
While the old guitar rings

The minstrel of the dawn is gone
I hope he?ll call before too long
And if you meet him you must be
The victim of his minstrelsy
He'll sing for you a song
The minstrel of the dawn


Lyrics submitted by ButNeverOutgunned, edited by srfhakomi

"Minstrel of the Dawn" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentI think Gord is the minstrel. He offers an uplifting melody. People hang on his every note because it feels good, so they go back to his songs over and over.
    swiftjeffon December 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song I believe is about the one moment when people realize they have lost their childhood and innocence, and must face the harsh future without protection.
    sammyblueon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think he might be talking about a homeless guy; that's just my impression.
    briguy27on November 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's Gord's "Mr. Bojangles" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" - all great songs of that era!!!
    srfhakomion July 10, 2016   Link

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