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Album: SundownReleased: 1974Charted:
Lightfoot got the idea for this from a road sign he saw just north of Phoenix, Arizona. The Carefree Highway intersects I-17, and leads to Carefree, Arizona, a small community north of Phoenix. (thanks, Randy - Scottsdale, AZ)
In the April 1975 Crawdaddy magazine, he explained: "I thought it would make a good title for a song. I wrote it down, put it in my suitcase and it stayed there for 8 months."
The woman in the song was Lightfoot's girlfriend when he was 22. Her name was Ann. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)