CND Song 6

Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time, 1984 (Ottawa, Ontario)

'One minute you're waiting for the sky to fall. Then you're dazzled by the beauty of it all...' This song was written about young people falling in love under the shadow of the nuclear war threat, but it could be true of any war, cold or otherwise. Bruce Cockburn is one of Canada's most committed and passionate songwriters, and certainly miles removed from the big-haired Canadian rock idols of the day - if you're going by appearances, the only way to tell him from the guy who does your taxes is the fact that he's wearing an earring. 'Lovers in a Dangerous Time' is more lyrical and less angry than some of Bruce's more overtly political offerings like 'If I Had a Rocket Launcher' or 'And They Call It Democracy' and the video is, frankly, kind of goofy. But 'Lovers' has become Cockburn's signature tune, and in my opinion, it's one of the best songs of the decade. 'You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.' Is there a better line anywhere? Thanks for this one, BC. 

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