Gordon Lightfoot - Ghosts of Cape Horn film

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Gordon Lightfoot - Ghosts of Cape Horn film

Ghosts of Cape Horn Film

1980 "Ghosts of Cape Horn" documentary film

September 23, 2011 — Another fan was looking for this film, and when he didn't find it he sent me an email. So, of course I looked for it for him, and - surprisingly - I found the entire film online at the National Sailing Hall of Fame website. I had never seen it before, but - like any devoted Lightfoot fan - knew that the song, "Ghosts of Cape Horn", had been written for the film, as its title song. The documentary tells the story of sailing vessels making the trip around Cape Horn, before the Panama Canal was built. Like any Lightfoot story song, the lyrics tell a complex story in just a few minutes. The film runs approximately 55 minutes, and is now available at YouTUbe, from which it is displayed on this webpage.

The song was released on the 1980 album, Dream Street Rose (now available as part of a 2 CD/3 album set), on Gord's Gold Volume 2 (in the original version, not re-recorded), and also on the Songbook boxed set. The 2 CD set with Dream Street Rose, and Songbook are available in my store.




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