“Four Strong Winds” by Ian Tyson . . . .Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook TWO
Ian & Sylvia perform “Four Strong Winds” in 1986
“Four Strong Winds” performed by John Denver
“Four Strong Winds” is a song written by Ian Tyson in the early 1960s and recorded by Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia. A significant part of the early 1960s folk revival, the song is a melancholy reflection on a failing romantic relationship. The singer expresses a desire for a possible reunion in a new place in the future (“You could meet me if I sent you down the fare”) but acknowledges the likelihood that the relationship is over (“But our good times are all gone/And I’m bound for moving on …”).
The song has a clear Canadian context and subtext, including an explicit mention of the province Alberta as well as references to long, cold winters. In 2005, CBC Radio One listeners chose this song as the greatest Canadian song…
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