Lightfoot to Update “Edmund Fitzgerald” Lyrics

[lastfm]Gordon Lightfoot[/lastfm] plans on updating  one of his most famous songs “[lastfm]The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”[/lastfm]

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Everyone who’s grown up in the The Great Lake State knows the story of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. It went down in Lake Superior in November 1975. The “Legend Lives On” thanks to [lastfm]Gordon Lightfoot’s [/lastfm]song “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. The Ottawa Sun is reporting he is changing the lyric “At 7p.m. the main hatchway gave in” when he sings the song at his concerts. That lyric sort of implied the crew might have been at fault for the ships sinking, when it was most likely not the fault of the 29 men who lost their lives. Should he change the classic song we all grew up with, or not?

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  1. Tim Toolman says:

    The men had nothing to do with the main hatch giving in. The storm was violent and the weight and force of the water caved everything in.

  2. Debbie says:

    What are the new lyrics supposed to be?

  3. Pat says:

    I never looked at those lyrics as blaming the crew, the main hatchway could have given in due to bad steel in the making of the ship, or other “ship” faults. My husband was an oiler on a US Steel ship on the great lakes, and I know that no one we know that has anything to do with shipping ever thought it was the fault of the crew. It’s always been thought of as a “lake” thing, all due to the moodiness of the lakes.

  4. EdmundFitzgerald says:

    35th Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service
    RIVER ROUGE, MICHIGAN — A memorial service is planned for Wednesday November 10, 2010 to remember the 29 men who died when the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975.

    The ceremony is set for 6 to 8 p.m. near the Mariners Memorial Lighthouse at Belanger Park, off Belanger Park Drive and Marion.

    The event is held in River Rouge because that’s the city where the vessel was built in 1957 and ’58.

    Several speakers will give their memories of the ship, including people who helped construct it and relatives of some of the deceased crewmen.

    Artifacts and photographs also will be on display.

    At 7:10 p.m. — the time the ship sank — a wreath will be tossed into the Detroit River. A bell will be rung 29 times in memory of each person who died.

    A plaque presentation and lantern lighting is planned. Refreshments will be provided at the end.

    Event organizer Roscoe Clark has a Web site devoted to the vessel, which contains several video clips, photos and new information about the ship, at

    Earlier in the day, an Edmund Fitzgerald open house will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the River Rouge Historical Museum, 10750 W. Jefferson Ave.

    For more information on either event, visit the Web site or call Clark at 1-810-519-2148 or Dolores Swekel at 1-313-842-7822.

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