Gordon Lightfoot

He was standing by the highway, with a sign that just said "Mother"
When he heard a driver coming, about a half a mile away
Then he held the sign up higher so no decent soul could miss it
It was ten degrees or colder down by Boulder 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
Singing songs about the rambling, the loving girls and gambling
How the world fell on his shoulders back in Boulder I don't know

It was out in Arizona that he heard the lady listening
To each word that he was saying, 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 rising down by Boulder Dam that night

And she told him she would take him
For a ride in the morning 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 sinking low
Won't you listen to me brother, if you ever loved your mother
Please pull off on the shoulder if you're going Milwaukee way
It's ten degrees and getting colder down by Boulder Dam today