CHRONOLOGY

Don Quixote - Concept Album?


By Wayne Francis

A while ago I was reading a quote from Bob Dylan and he was talking about his song, A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall. I don't know how many of you are familiar with it, but there are a lot of verses and each line of each verse contain some great imagery. Anyway, Dylan was saying that every line of that song could be developed into a song of its own.

That got me to thinking about the similar feelings I've had about the verses to Don Quixote. It covers a lot of ground and using Dylan's analogy, I could see each of the lines in Don Quixote's verses becoming themes for another song. I tried to match songs Lightfoot has written or sung that might expand upon the lines of Don Quixote.


"I have come o'er moor and mountain like the hawk upon the wing"
SEA OF TRANQUILITY, MOUNTAINS AND MARIAN

"I was once a shining knight who was the guardian of a king"
MINSTREL OF THE DAWN, IF I COULD, SONGS THE MINSTREL SANG

"I have searched the whole world over looking for a place to sleep"
RESTLESS, CROSSROADS, WHISPERS OF THE NORTH, ALBERTA BOUND

"I have seen the strong survive and I have seen the lean grow weak"
PROTOCOL, LOOKING AT THE RAIN

"See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare"
TOO LATE FOR PRAYING, CIRCLE OF STEEL

"See the gentry in the country riding off to take the air"
BRAVE MOUNTAINEERS, LAZY MORNING, CHRISTIAN ISLAND

"See the jailer with his key who locks away all trace of sin"
THE WATCHMAN'S GONE, SECOND CUP OF COFFEE

"See the judge upon the bench who tries the case as best he can"
MISTER ROCK OF AGES, HEAVEN HELP THE DEVIL

"See the wise and wicked ones who feed upon life's sacred fire"
ODE TO BIG BLUE

"See the soldier with his gun who must be dead to be admired"
THE PATRIOT'S DREAM, THE LOST CHILDREN, LEAVES OF GRASS, ECHOES OF HEROES

"See the man who tips the needle, see the man who buys and sells"
COLD HANDS FROM NEW YORK; THE AUCTIONEER

"See the man who puts the collar on the ones who dare not tell"
BOSSMAN, CHEROKEE BEND

"See the drunkard in the tavern stemming gold to make ends meet"
HOME FROM THE FOREST, IN MY TIME

"See the youth in ghetto black condemned to life upon the street"
BLACK DAY IN JULY

Looking these over, by mere chance I seemed to have picked a lot of songs
from the Don Quixote album itself. Could this record have been conceived as
a "concept album?" Naaahhh! But then again