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Chance Meeting
Friday May 12th, 2023 with Heavy Ben
Coversions VIII: Gordon Lightfoot, Wayfaring Stranger, Ed Sheeran, and chord ownership

Coversions VIII: covers | versions | edits | dubs | remixes Chance meeting on a tall oak tree of a robin and a stranger 2 performances by Gordon Lightfoot of his tune "The Way I Feel" 10 versions of others performing "The Way I Feel" 4 versions of "Wayfaring Stranger" Should Gord get writing credit for "The Way I Feel" when it is clearly indebted to "Wayfaring Stranger" (been around for 100 years)? Should Ed Sheeran and others continue to get sued for recording certain chord progressions? Is Lightfoot's estate cashing cheques for a tune he did not (fully) write? Does it matter? (to embiggen the show icon, right-click and choose "Open image in new tab")
Gordon Lightfoot's original recording of "The Way I Feel" was made in December 1964, yet not released until January 1966. It features Bill Lee (Spike's father) on bass.

In the interim, Lightfoot's reputation as a songwriter was growing, and the recording by The Womenfolk was the first to be released.
The Way I Feel
Gordon Lightfoot - Lightfoot - United Artists - 1966 Canadian
The Way I Feel
The Secretaries [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - 7" - Hot Plains - 2014 Canadian
The Way I Feel
Billy Lee Riley [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - In Action!!! - GNP Crescendo - 1966 Canadian
The Way I Feel
The Womenfolk [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - 7" - RCA Victor - 1965 Canadian
The Way I Feel
Cowboy Junkies [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - Songs Of The Recollection - Proper Records - 2022 Canadian
The Way I Feel
Neil Chotem [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - Plays The Songs Of Gordon Lightfoot - Apex - 1969 Canadian
"Wayfaring Stranger" is an American spiritual folk song with a long and complex history, going back more than a century before Lightfoot's "The Way I Feel". Lyrics aside, the music and melody sound very similar. Some music critics (not aware of Lightfoot's tune) thought that a band was performing "Wayfaring Stranger" when they were covering "The Way I Feel".

Meanwhile, English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran has been accused of stealing his song “Thinking Out Loud” from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On,” by the wife and descendants of that song’s co-writer, Ed Townsend. The supposed evidence? A similar but not identical chord progression used by both songs as a principal motif.

Ed Sheeran was cleared of the charge of copyright infringement. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams had to pay up.

What a chance meeting that we have a recording of Ed Sheeran performing "Wayfaring Stranger".
Wayfaring Stranger
Ed Sheeran - One Take EP - Ed Sheeran - 2011
Wayfaring Stranger
Emmylou Harris - Roses In The Snow - Warner Bros. - 1980
Wayfaring Stranger
Burl Ives - The Wayfaring Stranger - Columbia - 1944
Wayfaring Stranger
Jack White - Cold Mountain OST - Miramax, Sony Music Soundtrax - 2003
The Way I Feel
The Modern Grass [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - City Ghosts - Modern Grass - 2014 Canadian
The Way I Feel
Julie Felix [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - Changes - Fontana - 1966 Canadian
The Way I Feel
Fotheringay [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - Fotheringay - Island - 1970 Canadian
The Unintended are a paradox: an "unknown super group" that consisted of Rick White (Eric's Trip & Elevator), The Sadies (Dallas Good, Travis Good, Sean Dean, & Mike Belitsky), and Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo). Their name is a play on a lyric referring to a band called The Intended in Gordon Lightfoot's "Go-Go Round" from his album "The Way I Feel".
The Way I Feel
The Unintended [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - Play Lightfoot - Blue Fog - 2005 Canadian
Phil Upchurch's masterful performance is my favourite of all versions of "The Way I Feel".
For more on Charles Stepney, check out the May 17 episode of In A Mellow Tone.

We close with Lightfooot's second recording of the tune, this time with a full band in a dark and psychedelic mood.
The Way I Feel
Phil Upchurch (arr. Charles Stepney) [orig. Gordon Lightfoot] - The Way I Feel - Cadet - 1969 Canadian
The Way I Feel
Gordon Lightfoot - The Way I Feel - United Artists - 1967 Canadian
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3:31 PM, May 12th, 2023
I was really confused! Darn! Hi Heavy Ben :)

3:48 PM, May 12th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
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3:12 PM, May 19th, 2023
Bobby Calzone
Yeah, thats the way i felt ;) too! Enjoying it, waiting for Candace

3:59 PM, May 19th, 2023
Hi Heavy Ben, Listened to this episode while driving in the car. It was great.

4:25 PM, May 19th, 2023
Sorry Candace!! I ventured to Chance Meeting while listening to Candyshop to leave him a message and somehow, it reverted back to the Candyshop playlist!!

4:28 PM, May 19th, 2023
I'm loosing it! HB, please disregard me last message!

4:29 PM, May 19th, 2023
Way he Feels, like Rob-in Oak Tree lonely ghost cryin' ... too soon he flew nest is bare n' cruel. damn'd robbery ... tears o' the green Ghost.

1:53 AM, May 21st, 2023