Neil Young: Four Strong Winds

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Four Strong Winds

Think I'll go out to Alberta
Weather's good there in the fall
I got some friends that I could go to working for
Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I ask you one more time
But we've been through this a hundred times or more

CHORUS: Four strong winds that blow lonely
Seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change come what may
If the good times are all gone
Then I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way

If I get there before the snow flies
And if things are looking good
You can meet me if I send you down the fare
But by then, it would be winter
Not too much for you to do
And those winds sure can blow cold way out there

CHORUS: Four strong winds that blow lonely
Seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change come what may
The good times are all gone
So I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way

Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I ask you one more time
But we've been through that a hundred times or more

Four strong winds that blow lonely
Seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change come what may If the good times are all gone
Then I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way


songwriter: Ian Tyson

performed by: Neil Young

date released: 1963 by The Brothers Four. It was re-released by Ian and Sylvia in 1964. After many different covers, Neil Young released it in 1978 on his album, 'Comes a Time'.

'Four Strong Winds' evokes the universal theme of a failing romantic relationship. In the metaphor of the ever-changing prairie wind, love is ephemeral at best writes Ian Tyson.

In 2005, CBC Radio One listeners chose 'Four Strong Winds' as the greatest Canadian song of all time on the series '50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.



Four Strong Winds

Think I'll go out to Alberta
Weather's good there in the fall
I got some friends that I could go to working for
Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I ask you one more time
But we've been through this a hundred times or more

CHORUS: Four strong winds that blow lonely
Seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change come what may
If the good times are all gone
Then I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way

If I get there before the snow flies
And if things are looking good
You can meet me if I send you down the fare
But by then, it would be winter
Not too much for you to do
And those winds sure can blow cold way out there

CHORUS: Four strong winds that blow lonely
Seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change come what may
The good times are all gone
So I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way

Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I ask you one more time
But we've been through that a hundred times or more

Four strong winds that blow lonely
Seven seas that run high
All those things that don't change come what may If the good times are all gone
Then I'm bound for moving on
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way


songwriter: Ian Tyson

performed by: Neil Young

date released: 1963 by The Brothers Four. It was re-released by Ian and Sylvia in 1964. After many different covers, Neil Young released it in 1978 on his album, 'Comes a Time'.

'Four Strong Winds' evokes the universal theme of a failing romantic relationship. In the metaphor of the ever-changing prairie wind, love is ephemeral at best writes Ian Tyson.

In 2005, CBC Radio One listeners chose 'Four Strong Winds' as the greatest Canadian song of all time on the series '50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.



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Quiz #: 4184
In celebration of The Neil Young Project in Vancouver, we offer tribute to two Canadian classics, 'Four Strong Winds' and Neil Young
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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