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"Four Strong Winds" is a song written by Ian Tyson in the early 1960s. It was first recorded by The Brothers Four in a version that "Bubbled Under" the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1963. Subsequently, it was recorded by Ian and Sylvia on an album of the same name released in April, 1964,[1] reflecting the Canadian chart success of the song in 1963.[2][3] The song is a melancholy reflection on a failing romantic relationship. The singer expresses a desire for a possible reunion in a new place for the future ("You could meet me if I sent you down the fare") but acknowledges the likelihood that the relationship is over ("But our good times are all gone/And I'm bound for moving on..."). This folk classic has been recorded by many artists including Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan, Hank Snow, The Seekers, Judy Collins, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithfull, The Searchers, John Denver, Bobby Bare, The Brothers Four, The Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez, Waylon Jennings, Chad and Jeremy, The Tragically Hip, Joan Baez, Vanity Fare, Glenn Yarborough, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, and Schooner Fare. It was a hit by Bobby Bare in 1964. It was also a big hit in Norway in 1966 in a Norwegian version: "Mot ukjent sted" by The Vanguards and a big hit in Sweden in 1967 in a Swedish version: "Mot okänt land" recorded by The Hep Stars. The song is also referenced in A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. The narrator remembers how the main character, Owen, loved to hear that song as sung by the character of Hester. wiki- If not for Neil, we never would have excepted this Canadian Wonder Bread. He exposed the true soul hidden in the song. and by his performing, brought a new audience with curiosity and somewhat open arms. there's something about this song that is interesting though.... it has this "intro" feel to it. the whole thing until the end. nice romantic ditty, when done right. like this. WEDIT: Ian Tyson, with wife Sylvia, wrote "Four Strong Winds" after hearing Bob Dylan perform a new song. The early 1960s brought an amazing array of young singers to New York City's Greenwich Village. Among the emerging stars of the folk revival were Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Ian & Sylvia. Small coffee houses such as Gerde's Folk City provided a forum for these young singers to try out their new material. In this segment of the What's in a Song series, Ian & Sylvia's Ian Tyson describes writing the classic folk song "Four Strong Winds" after hearing Dylan sing at an East Village bar called the Kettle of Fish. "[Dylan] was just rattling it off and developing that style," Tyson says. "I thought, 'I can do that. How hard can this be?' I opened up the case and started fooling around. It took half an hour. ... I didn't think anything of it, but it took off." Since writing and releasing the folk classic, "Four Strong Winds" has been recorded by many artists, including Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan and John Denver. "I thought, 'I can write a couple of those a week,' " Tyson says. "I found out quite quickly you don't write a couple of them a week. At all." http://www.npr.org/2011/02/06/133500143/a-classic-in-30-minutes-four-strong-winds