If I try to understand what it means to be a Christian, I look at the two instructions that were given in the Bible that are paramount, and those are to love God with all your heart and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. That's it.— Bruce Cockburn
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Sometimes the best map will not guide you, you can't see what's round the bend.
Sometimes the road leads through dark places, sometimes the darkness is your friend
I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.
And I'm wondering where the lions are.
Beautiful rocks - beautiful grass Beautiful soil where they both combine Beautiful river - covering sky Never thought of possession, but all this was mine.
Going to places like Honduras, Nicaragua, and various African countries you get to see very clearly what the cause and effect is. We finance the obnoxious elites in those countries and they exploit their people so we don't have to say that we're doing the exploiting but nevertheless we are benefiting from it.
Gotta kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight.
Male female slave or free; peaceful or disorderly; maybe you and he will not agree; but you need him to show you new ways to see.
Water of life is gonna flow again/changed from the blood of heroes and knaves/Word mercy's gonna have a new meaning/ when we are judged by the children of our slaves.
I'm not a pacifist. I feel that there are situations where fighting is inescapable, but we don't go looking for those things.
The trouble with normal is it always gets worse, fashionable fascism dominates the scene.
I watch the confusion of friends all numb with love moving like stray dogs to the anthem of night long conversations of pulsing rhythms and random voltage voices in spite of themselves graceful as these raindrops creeping spermlike across the car window.
The people who have impressed me most - and the closest I've come to having heroes - are the people who have devoted their lives to making things better for others. These are people whose names you never hear, people who work for Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam, and other humanitarian groups. They're just out there in the world, doing stuff.
Almost all the military personnel were wearing sunglasses.
No Iraqis wear sunglasses. They really want to see your eyes. So immediately they can't trust the Americans.
There's so many ways in which Canada and America are inextricably connected politically, economically, socially. There's no stepping away. But at the same time, we don't have a say. Canada is a different country. Sometimes I think of it as Finland in the Soviet era. We're totally free, but we're totally free to agree, basically. If we disagree too heartily or over too sensitive an issue, then we pay a price for that.
Everything that makes a society run is broken in Iraq.
The only real structure is the people's own sense of themselves as Iraqis, which was very strong. They're a proud people, and they trace their historic roots way, way back.
Resisting the powers that be, we are keeping things from getting worse than they otherwise might be. And that effort is very much worthwhile.
In between effect and cause and just beyond the range of normal sight, this glittering joker was dancing in the dragon's jaws.
Wave the flag, wave the Bible, wave your sex or your business degree, whatever you want, just don't wave that thing at me.
Here's Iraq, where irrigation was invented, where law was invented, where writing was invented. All these things that we consider necessities of civilization started there. And the people who live there damn well know that.
I've been accused of being a little pedantic here and there, but I don't buy that criticism. I'm telling it like I see it. You don't have to buy it. You don't have to like it. You don't have to listen to it at all. I'm not trying to convince people of things, other than the fact that I'm trying to make as vivid as I can my own feelings and experiences.
I woke up one morning with this song in my head, and the opening line of the song: My name was Richard Nixon, only now I'm a girl.
A number of Iraqis told us they had welcomed the U.
S. forces as liberators initially but in the intervening months, they had come to feel that they had swapped one oppressive regime for another. The Iraqis did exchange one oppression for a lighter kind, in some ways.
But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight / Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight.
I remember when the idea of living to be 40 seemed absurd.
Like a stone on the surface of a still river Driving the ripples on forever Redemption rips through the surface of time In the cry of a tiny babe.
Lord, spit on our eyes that we may see, how to wake up from this tragedy.
We all grow up with anger. It's part of the human condition. But what do you do with that? It seems obvious to me that you've got to use it for something, but you have to separate it from your ego.
The trouble with normal is it only gets worse.
Everybody wants to see justice done, to somebody else.
When you know even for a moment That it's your time Then you can walk with the power Of a thousand generations
I like to think that if it hadn't gone as well as it has, if I wasn't able to make a living off of playing music, I would still be playing the music. But, of course, I wouldn't likely have had the opportunity to travel, and a lot of the places have inspired songs.
I wear my shadows where they're harder to see, but they follow me everywhere.
I guess that should tell me I'm traveling toward light.
The invitation for artists to compete to see who can be the most charitable is a wonderful thing.
Most of the time, our deeper, stronger feelings are things we all have in common.
Sometimes I catch myself doing something that I've already done.
The more I've done, the more that's likely to happen. Then I just throw it away. I wait until I've got the right way of getting a thing done, which means my songwriting proceeds at a very slow pace. But it's the only way I can really work.
A sane person doesn't think war is a good idea.
I wanted to play rock and roll when I started playing.
Nobody at that time ever thought about songwriting. You sang songs, that's all. You sang other people's songs. That's all there were.
Music itself isn't enough to completely wear down my stash of anger.
And I don't have all that much more to be angry about than anyone else. It's not like I was abused as a kid or anything. I had a pretty comfortable childhood with parents who took good care of me. But resentment exists, and some of it goes into the music. Some of it goes into physical activity.
There is no gap between art and politics.
Though chains be of gold, they are chains all the same.
Little round planet in a big universe, sometimes it looks blessed, sometimes it looks cursed. Depends what you look at obviously, but even more it depends on the way that you see.
Abu Ghraib, as bad as it was, can't be compared to what Saddam was doing to people.
I did a lot of writing for a lot of different kinds of bands that I was in and out of during those five years and that left me with a little body of songs that I liked better when I played alone, so I ended up going out solo and very soon made my first album.
Love the Lord and in him love me too. And in him, go your own way and I'll be right here with you.
All these years of thinking, ending up like this: In front of all this beauty, understanding nothing.
Sun's up, uh huh, looks okay - the world survives into another day, and I'm thinking about eternity. Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me.
The second half of the '60s really was a kind of learning period, in terms of writing, for me.
I can't imagine my life any other way than it's been.
I always write the lyrics first. There are one or two exceptions over the years, but that's pretty much the way it's been. The process of applying music to words is a bit like scoring a film. You've got imagery.