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Old 01-24-2005, 09:48 PM   #1
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I've gotten into Gordon Lightfoot over the these past couple of years, and one song that is one of my favorites is Cherokee Bend. Can somone tell me what this song is about? Is it based on a true story? Thanks.
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Old 01-24-2005, 10:45 PM   #2
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Hi! and welcome to the gang! lyrics of Cherokee Bend can be found one of three ways:
1> Home page of Corfid (here)
2> Wayne Francis at www.lightfoot.ca
3> my site below
enjoy!!

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Old 01-25-2005, 02:10 PM   #3
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quote:Originally posted by Highwayman:
I've gotten into Gordon Lightfoot over the these past couple of years, and one song that is one of my favorites is Cherokee Bend. Can somone tell me what this song is about? Is it based on a true story? Thanks.

I don't think I have read or heard that this was a true story. Great song though.
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Old 01-25-2005, 02:29 PM   #4
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I haven't figured out how to do links yet, but here is a note as posted by Auburn Annie on October 20, 2004:

Gord has said in concert (back in the 70s) that it was based on "When Legends Die" a book by Hal Borland (1900-1978.) Here's a brief description from a website on Mr. Borland:
"Mr. Borland also wrote four novels that include theme of nature and human's relationship with nature. His most famous fiction is When Legends Die. The novel tells the story of Tom, a Ute Indian boy who is raised in the wilderness by his parents. They die when he is still young, so he adopts the old Ute ways, builds a lodge for himself, and lives off the land. However, neither the Utes nor the whites will leave him alone. Men from both communities use him for their own gain. Finally he returns to the mountains where he rediscovers himself and his roots. Other novels he wrote are The Amulet, The Seventh Winter, and King of Squaw Mountain."

And the "From the Publisher" section at Amazon.com:

"When his father killed another brave, Thomas Black Bull and his parents sought refuge in the wilderness. There they took up life as it had been in the old days, hunting and fishing, battling for survival. But an accident claimed the father's life and the grieving mother died shortly afterward. Left alone, the young Indian boy vowed never to return to the white man's world, to the alien laws that had condemned his father."




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Old 01-25-2005, 08:24 PM   #5
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by bjb:
[B]I haven't figured out how to do links yet, but here is a note as posted by Auburn Annie on October 20, 2004:

Poor Bonnie, you have to talk to Sir John and have him help you on how to do links - that was a lot of typing! Thank you though, I do remember Annie posting that.
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