"Seven Island Suite" as written by and Gordon Lightfoot....
Seven islands to the high side of the bay, 'cross the bay
To the sunset through the blue light of a fiery autumn haze
We went walking on the high side of the bay on a chilly morn
And we saw how leaves had fallen on the beds where trees were born
Any man in his right mind could not fail to be made aware
Any woman with a gift of wisdom would not seek her answers there

Seven islands to the high side of the bay if you're looking west
To the sunset you can see it, all in fiery autumn dress
Anytime would be the right time to come up to your bed of boughs
Anybody with a wish to wander could not fail but to be aroused

Living high in the city, guess you think it's a pretty good way
You get to learn but when you get burned you got nothing to say
You seem to think because you got chicken to go you're in luck
Fortune will not find you in your mansion or your truck
Brothers will desert you when you're down and shit out of luck

Look around at the morning, guess you're doing the best you can
Surely you know that when you go nobody gives you a hand
Think of the air you're breathing in, think of the time you waste
Think of the right and wrong and consider the frown on your face

It's time you tried living on the high side of the bay, you need a rest
Any woman or a man with a wish to fade away could be so blessed
Fortune will not find you in your mansion turned to gold
Brothers will desert you when your nights turn long and cold

If you feel it you better believe it, you're gonna see it, so you really
know
It is rising like a feather, dipping and dancing from below
There's a new wave that is breaking in the wake of a passing ship
Every nation's gonna be shaken, put it together, don't let it slip

It's time you tried living on the high side of the bay, you need a rest
Any man or a woman with a wish to fade away could be so blessed

Seven islands to the high side of the bay, 'cross the bay
To the sunset through the blue light of a fiery autumn haze
To the sunset through the blue light of a fiery autumn haze


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"Seven Island Suite" as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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    General CommentAnyone have any idea what islands he's referring to in this song?
    Raving Lunaticon July 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about the end of times. Not getting wrapped up in the material things of the world or putting all your trust in people, and stopping to consider what's really important. Armagaedon song.
    deemicon September 03, 2010   Link
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    Link(s)There are at least two places in Canada called Seven Islands, both are on a bay, chances are, the song is about that, not the end of the world.

    kevinycon October 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song to be about spirituality and the seven Chakras (Islands) of the body and how spiritual energy rises in the body. The opening stanzas of the song are about tuning in to that spiritual energy and inner wisdom. The next couple of stanzas refer to materialism and how people view it as a virtue but it always lets them down at some point. He is also referencing how your fellow man cannot be counted on so it is important to find your connection to God and by doing that you will find the peace and contentment that people search for. Once you feel the power of God and are really aware of God in your life, then you know the truth, that God is real and nothing can change that. I think the final part of the song refers to the inner spiritual awakening that is starting to occur on the planet and once an individual is aware of his spirituality and "sees" it, nothing can change the truth. I think the final part also refers to getting yourself in order, relaxing and preparing to meet God because the end is going to play out in nuclear war and probably in the majority of people's lifetimes.
    bowiefan12on November 20, 2011   Link

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