Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, The

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is a song written, composed, and performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in 1976 to commemorate the sinking of the bulk carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.

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Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, The (ABRIDGED)(WORD)
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, The (ABRIDGED)(PDF)
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, The (FULL-LENGTH)(WORD)
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, The (FULL-LENGTH)(PDF)

We'll use the ABRIDGED song sheet at the BUG Jam! To play along with the recording, put your capo on the 4th fret and use the full-length songsheet!

Lightfoot drew his inspiration from Newsweek's article on the event, "The Cruelest Month", which it published in its November 24, 1975, issue. Lightfoot considers this song to be his finest work.

Appearing originally on Lightfoot's 1976 album Summertime Dream, the single version hit number 1 in his native Canada  on November 20, 1976, barely a year after the disaster. In the United States, it reached number 1 in Cashbox and number 2 for two weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, making it Lightfoot's second-most-successful single behind "Sundown".

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