"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, reflecting the Canadian chart success of the song in 1963.
The song is a melancholy reflection on a failing romantic relationship. The singer expresses a desire for a possible reunion in 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, 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...