Musician, and poet Bruce Cockburn is known to you. Most likely, he is on the periphery of your awareness or perhaps known to you for his mainstream radio hit, “Wondering Where the Lions Are”. Mr. Cockburn is a favorite musician among other established singer-songwriter artists for his guitar mastery and politically aware lyricism.  You will find many notable artists (Patty Griffin, Jonatha Brooke) in vocal supporting roles on quite a few of his recent recordings. Some find his political songs pedantic and somewhat soph·o·mor·ic.  I find his voice most resonant when he focuses on the individual narrative within a larger socio-economic, geopolitical context.

Night Train, a lesser-known song, is one of my favorite BC tracks. This may have something to do with the prominent, percussive, snakeline Rob Wasserman bass-thumping standin for the Night Train, perfect for the beginning of a long road trip. Yet there is something viscerally furtive in the lyric.  Decide for yourself. The studio version is the second of these two videos.



Not a knife throw from here you can hear the night train passing
That’s the sound somebody makes when they’re getting away
Leaving next week’s hanging jury far behind them
Prisoner only of the choices they have made
Night Train…
Night Train…
Ice cube in a dark drink shines like starlight
The moon is floating somewhere out at sea
On an island in the blur of noise and color
Alcatraz, St. Alina, Patmos and the Chateau D’if
Night Train…
Night Train…
And everyone’s an island edged with sand
A temporary refuge where somebody else can stand
Till the sea that binds us like the forced tie of a blood oath
Will wear it down, dissolve it, recombine it
Anyone can die here they do it every day
It doesn’t take much effort though it goes against the grain
And the ultimate forgetfulness of violence
Sweeps the landscape like a headlight of a train
Night Train…
Ice cube in a dark drink shines like starlight
Starlight shines like glass shards in dark hair
And the mind’s eye tumbles out along the steel track
Fixing every shadow with its stare
Night Train…
Night Train…
And in the absence of a vision, there are nightmares
And in the absence of compassion, there is cancer
Whose banner waves over palaces and mean streets
And the rhythm of the night train is a mantra
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Songwriters: Bruce Cockburn
Night Train lyrics © Rotten Kiddies Music Llc, Bro N Sis Music Inc., Bro N Sis Music, Inc.

Bruce Cockburn – Night Train

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Pacing The Cage
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Bruce Cockburn: Pacing The Cage

Bruce Cockburn performs his timeless classic, Pacing The Cage. Filmed during a solo tour through the eastern US.

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Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage
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Bruce Cockburn Live. The Last Night Of The World


Bruce Cockburn Live. The Last Night Of The World



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