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Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown lyrics
I can see her lyin' back in her satin dress
In a room where ya do what ya don't confess
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
She's been lookin' like a queen in a sailor's dream
And she don't always say what she really means
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain

I can picture every move that a man could make
Getting lost in her lovin' is your first mistake
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin again

I can see her lookin' fast in her faded jeans
She's a hard lovin' woman, got me feelin' mean
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sundown ya better take care
If I find you been creepin' 'round my back stairs
Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again
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    Gordon Lightfoot's own words:.
    "A song about infidelity. Lenny Waronker, a producer and former Warner Bros. Records president, and all of us at the studio realized that when we laid it down that it would be the single. There's nothing like unrequited love with a touch of infidelity to capture people's imaginations. In the whole time I've been recording, I've never had the sense that a song was going to click the way it did with this one. I lived out in the country when I was writing that album, and each night there was a beautiful sunset to the west of the barn, and that imagery made it into the song. The cover of the album was taken at the farm, where I'm sitting on a bale of hay. The farmhouse was a very good workroom; I have fond memories of working there."
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    This song is pretty straight forward. It's from the point of a man done wrong by a woman he loves and is jealous of. "She's a hard lovin' woman got me feeling mean". We've all probably felt pangs of jealousy and anger, this song brings it out well even though not a pleasant subject. The bass guitar line added a lot to the feel of this song, it just worked.
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    Catherine Evelyn Smith, who served time for her role in the overdose death of comedian John Belushi, has died at age 73, the Globe and Mail reports.
    Also a backup singer and the ex of musician Gordon Lightfoot, Smith became a figure of infamy as part of the small crowd that partied with Belushi at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont in his final days, a coterie that also included Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. He died March 5, 1982, of an accidental overdose of heroin and cocaine — known as a “speedball.”
    Arrested for second-degree murder, she plea-bargained for lesser charges including involuntary manslaughter and served a 15-month prison sentence in Chino, California.
    Lightfoot, who lived with Smith for four years in the early ’70s, is said to have written his dark hit “Sundown” about their volatile relationship.
    “Cathy was a great lady,” he told The Globe and Mail this week. “Men were drawn to her, and she used to make me jealous. But I don’t have a bad thing to say about her.”
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    I always thought Sundown was another man. I think the woman he's singing about is a prostitute (lying back in a satin dress in a room where you do what you don't confess)
    I like to think there is a lot more to the meaning of the rest of the lyrics, especially the evolving choruses, between the lines but I'm not sure how to articulate it, it is more the feelings they instill.
    Going with the thesis that she is a prostitute I would suggest that Sundown is her connection for drugs and they probably party together when the narrator of the story isn't around which is probably what had him feeling mean. Not saying what she really means goes without saying she will do whatever she needs to do to get what she needs.
    I think the choruses are about his hope that their relationship is improving and evolving but it is just more of the same.
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      Gordon Lightfoot's own words:.
      "A song about infidelity. Lenny Waronker, a producer and former... Read more →
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      This song is pretty straight forward. It's from the point of a man done wrong by a woman he loves... Read more →

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