In the early mornin' rain
With a dollar in my hand
With an aching in my heart
And my pockets full of sand
I'm a long ways from home
And I missed my loved one so
In the early mornin' rain
With no place to go

Out on runway number nine
Big seven o seven set to go
Well I'm stuck here on the grass
Where the pavement never grows
Where the liquor tasted good
And all the women all were fast
There, there she goes my friend
She's rolling down at last

Hear the mighty engines roar
See the silver wing on high
She's away and westward bound
For above the clouds she'll fly
Where the mornin' rain don't fall
And the sun always shines
She'll be flying over my home
In about three hours time

This ol' airport's got me down
It's no damn good to me
And I'm stuck here on the ground
As cold and drunk as I can be
Can't jump a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain
Can't jump a jet plane
Like you can a freight train
So I best be on my way
In the early mornin' rain

Lyrics submitted by me+you=us, edited by KrisKrinkle

Early Morning Rain Lyrics as written by Gordon Lightfoot

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  • +1
    General CommentRunway Number 9...the runway number corresponds to the compass. 9 = 90 = East.
    Guitarearlon October 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDynamite - leavin and lonesome in the rail
    vasnmoGoon March 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat tune wonderfully written and performed (as always) by GL.

    Hard-living man (after all, he's drunk in the morning!) is lonesome for his loved ones (kids?) 3 hrs away by plane. Perhaps a story of a musician on the road.

    He's drunk and only has a dollar - no money to get home :( Just longingly watching planes take off from the airport, unable to buy a ticket. He's wishing he could jump the plane (like a hobo hoping on a train)

    The 'Big 707' is a Boeing 707 jet - quite a large aircraft in its day (60's and 70's)

    Some of the words are wrong .. but I don't know how to correct them:

    "Where the cold wind a-blows" should be: "With a pain that ever grows"

    "Well she's going down at last" should be: "She'll be rolling down at last"

    "See the silver bird on high" should be: "See the silver wing on high"
    tsreybon August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like how from his perspective, modern travel seems so "modern." He's used to being a drifter, jumping trains and hitch hiking, but air travel is something that he isn't used to
    driedpeason December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYour corrections don't apply to the original Lightfoot! track, TS. I believe the published lyrics are correct.
    Anguson November 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much! It has so much
    emotion for me. It's weird but Gordon has
    kinda been a grandparent to me. I never really
    had grandparents and Gordon with his raspy voice
    and grandfather-ly advice, just fit the mold
    for me. I went to his concert last year, I think it
    was, and bawled my eyeballs out! I had huge mascara
    stains down my face. Anyway this is one of my
    Gordy faves!

    Udahoon August 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI understand every lyric except "And the women all were fast"
    What is Gordon referring to I wonder? it sounds like he got laid but where, when, and what does that have to do with standing in a field alone drunk watching planes leave?
    chesthingon August 24, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, to me this is what he's saying. He is missing his lover and wants to go back to her. However, he doesn't have enough money to buy a plane ticket to her. Plane travel was a bit more expensive than it is today in the 1960's. However, as pointed out, he spent all his money getting drunk, and now regrets doing so.
    quampon July 19, 2020   Link

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