Music to Write Realmgard to: Ghosts of Cape Horn

FYI: Gordon Lightfoot died on May 1, 2023. It’s hard to overstate how much that means to Canadian Pop Culture


GordonLightfoot is an institution and an iconic in Canadian music and has been for long enough that I’m surprised in a way to learn that — as of this writing, least — he’s only 84.

[Quick editorial note: Gordon Lightfoot died on May 1, 2023]

A gourd.
Not, of course, to be confused with
Gourd-on Lightfoot…
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on

Now, given that Gord has released 19 studio albums, 3 live albums, 16 greatest hits compilations (and, implicitly, has had a long enough career to be able to put together 16 greatest hits albums), and 46 singles, I have a lot of songs to choose form here.

I figured I’d go with the most apropos song for Realmgard.

I refer, of course of his song about famous nautical disasters.

N-no. Not thatsong about afamous nautical disasters

Notably, the actual wreck of the actual Edmund Fitzgerald

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The History of Realmgard in 30 Days: November 26

"Located in the northernmost region of Realmgard beyond the historical borders of the Elven Empire, what is now the Kingdom of Aurora nevertheless has had longstanding contacts with the lands of the Empire throughout its history, established by the efforts of intrepid merchants and travellers."