<-- Google Analytics START --> <-- Google Analytics END -->

john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, January 20, 2004
    Aren't we all and isn't it always
    "Aren't we all and isn't it always," said Bruce Cockburn in 1990. He was referring to one of his best-known songs, a flawless combination of poetry, protest and prayer, Lovers in a Dangerous Time.

    Aren't we all lovers - and isn't it always a dangerous time? Cockburn just now is in Iraq with a team hoping to learn first-hand from the people there how the war and occupation has affected the population.

    "The calamitous situation faced by Iraqis is a human event that needs to be understood by all of us. As a songwriter, it goes with the job to bear witness to the human events; as a concerned citizen, I welcome a unique opportunity to gain some of that understanding which I hope to share with others," states Cockburn.

    It's Cockburn's first trip but one of the delegation, photojournalist Linda Panetta, was there a year ago. Her pictorial record of that trip is full of the faces of children - bright young faces in bombed-out places. Buoyant lovers in dangerous climes. It moved me just seeing those photos. Doubtless when Bruce 'bears witness' in his music to what he's currently seeing, children will feature prominently again.

    "[When I wrote Lovers in a Dangerous Time] I was thinking of kids in a schoolyard. I was thinking of my daughter. Sitting there wanting to hold hands with some little boy and looking at a future, looking at the world around them. How different that was when I was a kid when, even though we had air-raid drills, nobody took that seriously that the world would end. You could have hope when I was a kid. And now I think that's very difficult. I think a lot of that is evident from the actions and the ethos of a lot of kids. It was kind of an attempt to offer a hopeful message to them. You still have to live and you have to give it your best shot."