If you could read my mind, love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
‘Bout a ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet…
A verse to mark the passing of the singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot, credited with helping to define the folk of the 1960s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter with timeless songs about trains and shipwrecks, rivers and highways, lovers and loneliness. But I’d say it’s an honour shared with Joni Mitchell .
The castle is the 10th Century Rocca Calascio, a mountaintop fortress near the hilltown of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in the Province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy.