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This is the original version as recorded by Ian and Sylvia in 1963.
A significant part of the early 1960s folk revival, the song is a melancholy reflection on a failing romantic relationship. The singer expresses a desire for a possible reunion in a new place in the future ("You could meet me if I sent you down the fare") but acknowledges the likelihood that the relationship is over ("But our good times are all gone/And I'm bound for moving on ...").
In 2005, CBC Radio One listeners chose this song as the greatest Canadian song of all time on the series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version. Here's a link to some interesting notes about the song lyrics and how when other artists covered it, they changed Tyson's original words which shifted the meaning of the song: http://americansongwriter.com/2015/01/lyric-week-ian-sylvia-four-strong-winds/?slide=undefined