Gordie used to live in the basement of the house next door to me when I had a house in Orillia on Lake Couchiching, he was shacked up with the daughter of a Hollywood movie producer. He had to hit the road on short notice so maybe that's where this song came from.
there's GL & N.Young, both great Canadian singer, songwriters. hard to pick one over the other. although, i suppose if i had to i'd pick GL as the best songwriter. but hard to argue with the success that NY has had. probably the better known of the 2 in the US & globally.