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Neil Young – Four Strong Winds lyrics

(Ian Tyson)

Four strong winds that blow lonely, Seven seas that run high,
All these things that don't change, Come what may.
But our good times are all gone,
And I'm bound for moving on.
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.
Think I'll go out to Alberta,
Weather's good there in the fall.
Got some friends that I can go to working for,
Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I asked you one more time,
But we've been through that a hundred times or more.

If I get there before the snow flies,
And if things are going good,
You could meet me if I send you down the fare.
But if you wait until it's winter,
It will be no good
'Cause that wind sure can blow way out there.

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    This song was standard fare in the early '60s folk circles. Neil Young stated that he loved this song growing up in Canada maybe in part because it was written and sung by Ian Tyson, also Canadian. A really sad song about a couple going their separate ways. He speaks of the wind and the seas, things that don't change and refers to his feelings of loneliness. He makes attempts to get back together but it doesn't sound hopeful. A beautiful but sad song.
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