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On Dan Fogelberg’s Birthday We Remember “The Reach” [VIDEO]

Dan Fogelberg would have been 63 today.

One of the country’s more popular folk rock musicians, Fogelberg lived in Deer Isle for many years and that is where he passed away from prostate cancer in December of 2007 at the age of 56.

Songs like “Longer”,  “Leader Of The Band”, “Hard To Say” and “Same Old Lang Syne” were immensely popular worldwide.  But it was a song from his 1981 double LP “The Innocent Age” that Mainers hold close to their heart.

With winter right around the corner, “The Reach” told of autumn in Maine and the hard life of the lobstermen that work the waters off Deer Isle.  The official name of that particular area is Eggemoggin Reach which is the body of water that divides Deer Isle from the mainland.

In 1981 one of the local Ellsworth radio stations began playing the song heavily.  At the time I worked at DeOrsey’s Audio & Video store at the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth and remember very well the high demand for “The Innocent Age.”

“The Reach” really hit home with folks in Downeast Maine.

It’s Maine…
And it’s Autumn
The birches have just begun turning
It’s life and it’s dying
The lobstermen’s boats come returning
With the catch of the day in their holds
and the young boys cold and complaining
The fog meets the beaches and out on
the Reach it is raining –

It’s father and son
It’s the way it’s been done since the old days
It’s hauling by hand ten miles out
from the land where their chow waits
And the days are all lonely and long
and seas grow so stormy and strong but
The Reach will sing welcome as homeward they hurry along.

And the morning will blow away
As the waves crash and fall
And the Reach like a siren sings
as she beckons and calls
As the coastline recedes from view
And the seas swell and roll
I will take from the Reach
all that she has to teach
To the depths of my soul –

The wind brings a chill
There’s a frost on the sill in the morning
It creeps through the door
On the edge of the shore
ice is forming
Soon the northers will bluster and blow
And the woods will be whitened
with snowfall
And the Reach will lie frozen
for the lost and unchosen to row –

And the morning will blow away
As the waves crash and fall
And the Reach like a siren sings
as she beckons and calls
As the coastline recedes from view
And the seas swell and roll
I will take from the Reach
all that she has to teach
To the depths of my soul –

If you would eventually like to see Dan Fogelberg inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame go HERE and sign the petition!

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