Warner Brothers Publishing Demos
|The Warner Brothers demos, are a
collection of original songs Lightfoot recorded from November 1964
through April 1966. This period overlaps the recording of his
first UA album and certain tracks listed here are certainly out-takes
from those sessions. Most of the songs just highlight Lightfoot's voice
and guitar, while others have bass guitar and an occasional lead
guitar. These songs certainly show an evolution process taking
place in Lightfoot's writing. There are a dozen or more songs
here, that in my opinion at least, would not have
seemed out of place on any of Lightfoot's UA albums, and in fact The
Children which was done for Sunday Concert, is one of the early songs
this collection. Lightfoot has said that he didn't start writing
good songs until he was able to develop a focused point of view within
songs. We see songs here on both sides of that fence and the
is fascinating. Lightfoot has always said that he has never had a
coming up with an original melody and that is evident even back at his
stages. The melodies here are always inventive and interesting
are a tribute to his vast talent.
on song title for lyrics.
IT'S BETTER THAT WAY
in a country mode here, with
TWO KIDS FROM CABBAGETOWN
spins a nice tale here, although
somewhat predictable and
It's carried along
on a pleasant melody.
A FEW MOMENTS AGO
teenage love anthem. I could
imagine Ricky Nelson covering this one.
BETTY MAE'S A GOOD TIME GAL
pleasant song that Lightfoot played
live in those days and even recorded
for the Canadian Talent Library collection.
See Discography for further
on that album.
THE GENERAL STORE
is a fast paced, fast sung tune.
Lightfoot's ode to The Auctioneer?
THAT INNOCENT LOOK
melody and lyric finds Lightfoot in a playful, yet defiant mood.
THE LOST CHILDREN
song of course, was later recorded
for Sunday Concert. Lyrics and
are very similar on this demo.
A LOVE THAT'S TRUE
one sounds like a song Roy Orbison
would have done a good job with, as
melody line soars in places.
WHERE ARE THE MARTYRED CHILDREN
early and ambitious attempt at a
spiritual. Very repetitive melodically
not as catchy as Rich Man's Spiritual,
but still it has that authentic
feel to it.
RED ROSES AND YOU
weepy and somewhat derivative country
tune. Worthwhile though, as
hits some high falsetto notes
PRETTIEST TIME OF HER LIFE
folks, a song written about Jackie
Kennedy after JFK's death. An
song for sure, but certainly
doesn't rank with his great
songs. Nice contrast melodically
between the chorus and verses,
later would become a trademark.
A RING AND A SECRET
teenage love anthem type of
song. Lightfoot would certainly develop
more interesting insights into
relationships in future years.
ROSEY AND ME
nice bouncing melody carries this
simple tale along.
SANDS OF TIME
of the standard country weepers.
SOMEBODY TOLD A LIE
at this early stage Lightfoot must
deal with deceit in relationships,
I would guess this to be more
fictional than, let's say, Sundown.
how even at the earliest stage of development, Lightfoot makes
attempt to idealize relationships. "Ah, the lovin' ain't easy,'
write 20 years later.
THINGS THEY SAY
derivative country style song.
Lightfoot is still searching for his
sound at this point.
TRY TO COUNT THE TEARS
song has an almost Memphis R&B
feel to it. One suited to Roy Orbison.
WEEP NOT FOR ME
one has a brooding melody and
delivery. Would be a good album closer.
YES I WILL
'country style of the early
a good one, with a very slippery,
evocative melody happening here.
DON'T BE SORRY
rare fingerpicked tune in this collection.
Most of the other songs are
flatpick style. This is
a very nice song.
ECHOES OF HEROES
is probably Lightfoot's earliest
anti-war song. And a good one!
uses nature to act as the
setting for a tale of love, as he would
to do, with outstanding results,
in future years.
THE LAST HAND
sings of an independent man
who lives life on his own terms,
of the consequences. This is a theme he would continue to develop
ANYTHING MY WOMAN DOES
song wouldn't seem out of place
on any UA album. Great tune and groove
a great vocal!
AN OLD FRIEND
is the gem of this entire collection,
from my point of view. An
song that has some of Lightfoot's
most lonesome singing ever. The
don't tell half the tale here.
This vocal preformance, featuring
ooh-ing to start each verse,
sends chills. And to think, it was
to a dog!
melody and a tale of a riverboat
gambler. Nice song.
This is a pleasant song with a
that, well, just rolls nicely along.
SPRING WAS O'ER THE LAND
Nice melody and to quote
Pussywillows, Cat-Tails, 'the promise of spring'.
MUCH TO LOSE
This very good song was recorded
around the time of Old Dan's
Records. This version has
lyrics and a different melodic ending.