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Old 10-12-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone know the meaning of the song Pony Man? Has Gordon ever discussed this song?
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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I believe it was a children's song that Gordon wrote that was turned into a children's book that is now out of print or hard to find. See attached link on Amazon. The Pony Man: Gordon Lightfoot, The Pony Man: Gordon Lightfoot,...
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:06 AM   #3
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Hi Paula
Welcome to Corfid.

I have never heard any insights about "The Pony Man" but I love the song.
It's obviously a children's song. Very beautiful.

Ohhhh...thanks for that info and link, teherie.
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:24 AM   #4
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In concurrence, and my two bits - yes ,it is a booklet I have seen in Boulder, Colorado gift shops, by Susan Politz Shultz, who writes many greeting card tag lines for Leanin' Tree - Western or Native American themes. She has written many books of poetry primarily, and short "feel-good"/better phraseology, very much loved and popular author around these parts.

The Pony Book Man shows on the cover a Centaur - a Bearded, Long-haired man's torso and head,arms, and a small horses body for the tail, 'extended trunk' and back of the torso, and all 4 legs in hooves. The humans upper torso man wears a hat and smokes a pipe as I recall. Its very nice and tasteful.

Blue Mountain Arts, and/or Leanin' Tree Web-sites should also have it, as she writes for both. I understand loosely that Gordon partially wrote it, with I believe an extended poem about the Pony Man, from the song basis. She made it into a smal booklet. She has incoporated Lightfoot verse into many of her poem and phrase booklets in general. Untapped Lightfoot collector area, I think. I wish I'd bought 'em up when I saw em. I worked across the street from at least Leanin Tree's location in the 80's. Hope this helps, and is not redundant.

I wonder now if the extended poem about Don Quixote on the back of the album LP cover art, which talks more of Cervantes, the author, and roughly 3 x the verse, went on to Shultz, as did the Pony Man. ??
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:53 AM   #5
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:33 AM   #6
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I know that when he did it here in Moncton NB in 1990, a little girl had advance herself very slowly on the floor while sitting down right in front of this genuis. And just before doing "Pony Man" he said Im gonna dedicate this one to that little girl right there, as he pointed to her. She had the best seat in the house, on the floor tho... lol !
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:26 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link to a great song that is easy to play and even sounds good when I sing it. It just made my day.
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