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Gordon Lightfoot: Bitter Green Meaning


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Song Released: 1968

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    Nov 16th, 2018 11:20am report

    Ive mainly the same interpretation of the song as those above. I however, always saw BitterGreen as a pony or horse for some reason.


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    Dec 21st, 2017 12:15pm report

    The previous interpretations of this Lightfoot heart rending song of separated lovers fall far short of the sheer beauty of faithful love between a man & a woman beyond reproach that Gordon when in the pomp of his voice expresses!To misinterpret this as a dog waiting 'through the years' is beneath contempt as much as I admire some dogs faithfulness,& CERTAINLY the key line of 'waiting for her master to kiss away her tears,waiting through the years' says it all & the only thing disgusting & chauvinistic is replacing Lightfoots fine woman with an abandoned dog in these commentariats imagination!To illustrate further towards songs end as the man finally returns as a weary stranger to all except she who lies buried in the churchyard,'he kneels there in the Autumn mist dreaming of her kiss'Only the old standard Danny Boy' is as poignant dealing with faithful love beyond death & another writer may have confused this Lightfoot masterpiece with 'Brandy' a song by 'Looking Glass' that speaks eloquently of a bargirl of real class & her longing for a seaman as she lives her life out in a seaport,& alas he is married to the sea!Beware though with Gordon that with his deeper songs that require chordal progression & his richer & deeper voice spacing,you must get him on the right day & in the period before 1980.(IE 'The Circle Is Small' 1968 studio cut is brilliant & subsequently rarely was!)Rod J Baldwin.


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    Nov 20th, 2017 11:44pm report

    I believe that,Bitter Green is,about a dog waiting for her master to come home. She feels abandoned and,alone,as she,wanders the portside looking for him. Dogs are very true when they love. It could only be about a dog waiting for her owner to come home. It is very sad. I work with rescues and are all the time where a pup has been abandoned and waits. One waited,at her master's graveside daily intokn she finally died aknkso. It is a very sad song.


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    Aug 7th, 2017 8:37pm report

    It is about a dog waiting for her master to come back.
    One of the lines even say that she is waiting for her master. And she is looking for "someone to take her home".
    Pretty descriptive of a lonely dog that wanders around the town.
    Pretty chauvinistic and disgusting to describe a lonely woman that way.


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    Jan 14th, 2015 1:11pm report

    I was fortunate to see Gordon Lightfoot in concert a couple of times in the past that were great shows and the reruns of movies like ''The Ghost and Mrs.Muir'' to remind the imagination when there was and still is in the music of Gordon Lightfoot that grounds you in our earthly nature while giving you some comfort to dream in the hope for the good with the pain and pleasures of our everyday lives in this universe. ''Bitter Green'' is a beautiful and a haunting song in a love story of waiting and yearning throughout the years overlooking from the top of hillsides of the bitter green for the woman's lover to come home to her from some far away voyage who might have been a sea captain that was lost at sea or caught as some prisoner who one day finally came home looking for his lover, but only to find out that she's gone in the echoes of the hilldides that turned to the bitter green for him also.

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