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BendRick 11-23-2013 01:08 AM

John Kennedy and Gordon Lightfoot
Just a mention, that Gord did sing about that bad day in Dallas Texas, in John Fowles' wonderful compilation of early 1960's GL recordings, the "Warner Brothers Demos." That compilation may still be available online, and I'm sure John will be on top of this, that's all I have to say.

charlene 11-23-2013 12:32 PM

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Happy Birthday and here's the tune Lightfoot wrote about Nov.22,1963:


niffer 11-23-2013 01:38 PM

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Yesterday I left work early because of a migraine. And also because my computer wasn't working, which didn't help the migraine. So I watched a lot of the old footage of that day fifty years ago.

Every time I watch it, I still find myself hoping that it will turn out differently.

I don't know why this song was never put on an album. It perfectly captures that time in history. I can't watch it right now, though. Combined with the images, it's just too heartbreaking.

Rob1956 11-23-2013 07:46 PM

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I suggest viewing the movie "Parkland" if you want a pretty accurate portrayal of what happed that day from the POV of the doctors and nurses at the hospital. You have to be in the mood to watch it, but it's quite good. Especially unnerving is the well documented moment when the Dallas coroner insisted the President's body be autopsied at the hospital according to Texas law. He, of course was overruled by the Secret Service. The scene where they had to break off parts of the casket they commandeered from a local funeral home in order to get it on Air Force One is really heartbreaking. I heard on the radio a man from the US who was in a restaurant with his wife and kids in Paris when the news broke. Other patrons of the restaurant insisted on paying the bill, when they realized the family was from the US. I doubt that would happen today, for Obama or any other US president.

jj 11-23-2013 10:41 PM

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here are lyrics and the song/video.... from a thread discussion 3 years back



charlene 11-23-2013 11:32 PM

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I posted the link in my post but I can't get the image to show up when I post youtube links... odd...

jj 11-24-2013 02:24 AM

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Originally Posted by BendRick (Post 183422)
"Warner Brothers Demos." That compilation may still be available online

yeah, 2 hours of listening here (other links also exist):


Affair on Touhy Ave. 11-25-2013 07:50 PM

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In the more than 10 years I've been here I didn't know about this song on Jackie.

imported_Ordinary_Man 11-26-2013 11:32 AM

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I too was unaware of this song. Thanks for posting it.

Borderstone 12-04-2013 08:59 PM

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I have the WB collection and yes,that's a terrific song and very touching as well.

I had no idea that's why he wrote it though,interesting news.

In relation to the Kennedy's,by the way,my family
seems to have several slight co-incidences and or happenings.

Robert's B.-day was Nov. 20th,this is the day in 1963 my parents married (would have been 50 years now.)

On the 22nd,they were still on their honeymoon and the next day they decided to
head to Washington and they attened the procesion on the 25th. Still have their photos.

Sept. 1964 my oldest brother was born and Robert won his Senate race in Nov. '64

July,1967 my 2nd oldest brother was born ,same day Robert& family rafting in AZ (where we eventually moved to.)

June 5th, 1968 Robert Kennedy was killed,funeral on the 8th. I was born 5 days later.

February 1972, Ted Kennedy flies to Bangladesh . Same month my parents divorced.

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