Gordon Lightfoot - 10 Degrees & Getting Colder Lyrics

He was standin' by the highway
With a sign that just said "mother"
When he heard a driver comin'
'bout a half a mile away
Then he held the sign up higher
Where no decent soul could miss it
It was ten degrees or colder
Down by bolder dam that day
He was raised up in milwaukee
Though he never was that famous
He was just a road musician
To the taverns he would go
Singin' songs about the ramblin'
The lovin' girls and gamblin'
How the world fell on his shoulders
Back in boulder I don't know

It was out in arizona
That he heard the lady listenin'
To each word that he was sayin'
To each line that he would write

So he sat down by her table and
They talked about the weather
Ninety-eight point six and risin'
Down by boulder dam that day

And she told him she would take him
For a ride in the mornin' sun
Back in boulder he had told her
"I don't know when I had a better friend"

Now he's traded off his martin
But his troubles are not over
For his feet are almost frozen
And the sun is sinkin' low
Won't you listen to me brother
If you ever loved your mother
Please pull off on the shoulder
If you're goin' milwaukee way
It's ten degrees and getting colder
Down by boulder dam today

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Gordon Lightfoot 10 Degrees & Getting Colder Comments
  1. SciFi Writer

    This was the first Lightfoot song I ever heard and it was in the late 60's or early 70's. What a great song and voice. I wonder if that poor soul ever made back to Milwaukee.

  2. Brrr Cold

    The weather? 98.6, I get it!

    Jam's Jams

    And rising...

  3. Jam's Jams

    Off the album 'Summer Side of Life". The entire release is beyond fantastic. Find it if you can, I promise you'll not be disappointed.

    Dan Wagner

    A classic of a young man traveling

    Jam's Jams

    @Dan Wagner Cotton Jenny!

  4. Carl Nelson

    A favorite of mine. He captures something of hitchhiking, perhaps.