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Bruce Cockburn — Wondering Where the Lions Are
Album: Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
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Released: 1979
Length: 3:34
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Sun's up, uuh huh, looks okay
The world survives into another day
And I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

I had another dream about lions at the door
They weren't half as frightening as they were before
But I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

Walls, windows, trees, waves coming though
You be in me and I'll be in you
Together in eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

Up among the firs where it smells so sweet
Or down in the valley where the river used to be
I got my mind on eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...

Huge orange flying boat rises off a lake
Thousand-year-old petroglyphs doing a double take,
Pointing a finger at eternity
I'm sitting in the middle of this ecstasy

Young men marching, helmets shining in the sun
Polished and precise like the brain behind the gun
(should be) They got me thinking about eternity
But some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...

Freighters on the nod on the surface of the bay
One of these days we're going to sail away
Going to sail into eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

And I'm wondering where the lions are...
I'm wondering where the lions are...
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Musical antidote to today's outrage culture.
 onerb wrote:
Canada - Bruce and a superior public healthcare system. It hardly seems fair!
 

Life is not fair. At least we can hear Bruce on RP!

Not my favorite though. 6
I just love this one.
 TerryS wrote:
A song Paul Simon wishes he could write.

 
Please. Paul Simon in his prime (S&G days) was light years beyond Cockburn in songwriting ability. Paul Simon's recent stuff could certainly rival this for blandness, though.
Truly great song! Thanks RP!
The production on this sounds fantastic - hard to believe it's from 1979. 
Christian mystics can really belt out the tunes!
After last night's game, they're in a bad place. 
Dang, I've been in the mood for some Bruce lately.  Thanks for reading my mind :)
Just saw him perform this solo (The Narrows Center, Fall River, MA; April 2018).  He pulled this off quite nicely, even without the additional instrumentation.
Gosh I love this song. It always fills me with....cheer.
 unclehud wrote:
Detroit.  Detroit is where the Lions are.

 
Training camp in Allen Park, to be specific. 
 haresfur wrote: 
How interesting.
Detroit.  Detroit is where the Lions are.
My homeboy Bruce from Ottawa sure is a mean picker. He was always the best of us all.
Right here
 {#Cheesygrin}Far wrote:

State or Federal ?  :)

 


 jimtyrrell wrote:
I just blew a speaker!
 
State or Federal ?  :)
Hopefully the lions are hiding from American dentists with guns.
Nice to hear this song after so many years. Cockburn is a great songwriter.
 thatch wrote:

The cover art is by Norval Morriseau.

 
Fascinating artist. Thank you.
Smiling and dancing my wife is laughing!{#Bananasplit}
Click here for the Lions.
 Cynaera wrote:

What a wonderful story, Jeff09 - thank you.  Reading it, listening to this song - you're right.  A perfect fit. {#Cheers}

 
Thank you, Cynaera.  Missing your presence here.
 TerryS wrote:
A song Paul Simon wishes he could write.

 
Or at least had the chance to steal.
 pcc wrote:
..try the jungle

 
Mounted and hanging on the wall of a dentist's waiting room
A song Paul Simon wishes he could write.
..try the jungle
 jimtyrrell wrote:
I just blew a speaker!
 
Great production on this album, and the bass is particularly punchy!
Just just a beautiful song!
 
I just blew a speaker!
 airtejas wrote:
...yes I'm thinking about eternity.

 
The universe imploded...oh, well, no matter.
 airtejas wrote:
...yes I'm thinking about eternity.

 
Yeah, I wouldn't dwell on it. 
 fredriley wrote:
This is the very definition of 'twee', making Belle & Sebastian look like Napalm Death.

 
And Fred knows twee, folks: 

Pink pastel bedroom COVERED with Hello Kitty decor 

ナむティナむト、ミスタヌ蚀語の男 
...yes I'm thinking about eternity.
They're BEHIND YOU!
This is the very definition of 'twee', making Belle & Sebastian look like Napalm Death.
I'm a huge Cockburn fan. Please digg into his catalogue for more of his great songs. Maybe "The Charity of Night"
Thanks for the excellent and diverse mix on PR
David
{#Clap}     {#Daisy}    {#Cheers}
{#Wave}.... a very worthy 9
yeah {#Sunny}

garyalex wrote:
Sounds like a sunny day.  I like it.

 


Sounds like a sunny day.  I like it.
Now that's why we love RP.  Haven't heard this for years.  I'll hear it a lot more now I've bought it!{#Motor}
Nice guitar work on this!  Cockburn is a great guitarist 
Can't stand it - PSD.
Reminds me of driving with my ex after she'd partied too hard and then insist on driving... and I'd be wondering where the lines are. 
I love they way you can make the first two lines of this song "Sun's Up, Mmmm, Mmmm" as silly as you want and it's good no matter what direction you want to sing along ;-)
This is a great song.  Light and flippy 'bout eternity and life's lions.  Crusin' in ecstasy but just casually thinking about when the pitfall may lie.  Not so quite a direct dour fatalistic China Woman approach.
 Rockit wrote:

 

Stop wondering...they are here! 

 
We are here
 Rockit wrote:

 

Stop wondering...they are here! 

 


"They stamp them when they're small."
First saw this guy in Mariposa in '67, that's 1967 just in case.......he's not done yet.
 Tennisgirl wrote:
A
 
martinc wrote:
Bruce is a national treasure. Only special place give him the air play he deserves. Tip my hat again to RP.
 

All the Canadian stations have given him—and esp. this song—  lots of airplay, probably due to the Cdn content reqmts....I've unfortuantely grown quite tired of this song as a result.
 
True this is the one song of his that does airplay but, given his repertoire, few give his music the airplay RP does. At one of the shows I was at Bruce said he was going to play this song but it's one he almost begrudges writing as the song the defines him for many folks and he was sort of bored with it. He went on to play it and halfway through broke into a neat improvised instrumental break that made me happy he played it. 
 
A
 
martinc wrote:
Bruce is a national treasure. Only special place give him the air play he deserves. Tip my hat again to RP.
 

All the Canadian stations have given him—and esp. this song—  lots of airplay, probably due to the Cdn content reqmts....I've unfortuantely grown quite tired of this song as a result.
 skyguy wrote:

Winter 1981/82 ski bumming in Aspen with "visual enhancements" this was the sound track. Always takes me back.Wore that tape out. Right behind the Woody Creek Tavern.{#Devil_pimp}
 
I can relate
Yup. Probably his biggest hit ever.  Hit #21 on the top 100 in the USA in June 1980.  He followed with an appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
 
sweet 
made my day
thinking about ecstacy 
The man can play a mean 12 string.

Just don't give him a rocket launcher...

But he does have a cool last name....
I wonder if this is his largest selling record of all time?
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Bruce is a national treasure. Only special place give him the air play he deserves. Tip my hat again to RP.
Pretty much timeless !


 shakylegs wrote:
A 10, just for the flashback.
 
I'm right there with you... {#Cheers}

Winter 1981/82 ski bumming in Aspen with "visual enhancements" this was the sound track. Always takes me back.Wore that tape out. Right behind the Woody Creek Tavern.{#Devil_pimp}
 Tagish_girl wrote:

Love the cover art.  Extremely cool. 
Bruce is godlike, too.

 
The cover art is by Norval Morriseau.
the lions are in the jungle, the mighty jungle, sleeping tonight.
A 10, just for the flashback.
This tune landed at the perfect moment in the day . . . gotta hold on me . . .

Love the cover art.  Extremely cool. 
Bruce is godlike, too.


A perfect song! I never tire of it.
Nice to hear this one again.
 oldviolin wrote:

Ooh ooh I know I know! *raises hand*


  Detroit?


Sweet and happy tune.  Any fans of "The Samples" out there?  Same lovable vibe.
 Jeff09 wrote:
Driving west on a rural highway in north central Florida in a late 70s summer, with the woman I probably should have married, looking for an old windmill for the city's nature center/1880s farm  This song comes on the truck's radio as we turn onto a dirt road that takes us to an abandoned farmstead with a log barn, owls, lots of weeds and still working windmill  We smile in amazement at the perfect fit of us, the place, the day, the music, the moment.      

 
What a wonderful story, Jeff09 - thank you.  Reading it, listening to this song - you're right.  A perfect fit. {#Cheers}
So was Zanesville!!! {#Foot-in-mouth}
Now there's a happy little tune!  {#Roflol}
Another great tune from the Dragon's Jaws. I would love to hear "Hills of Morning" as well - great guitar work, harmonies, and awesome band backing Bruce up.
go bruce  {#Jump} {#Jump}
Someone is getting their Cockburn on, two from the same album in one day.
 oldviolin wrote:

Ooh ooh I know I know! *raises hand*

 
Sigh. . . OK, young violin. . . let the class know where they are. . . 


Ok, this is a no-brainer; a straight 10!. Just plain beautiful. Please, play more Bruce Cockburn for us Bill...
 
In my office working on a Sunday and listening to RP - Bill is spot-on with his selections today - makes working on a Sunday a whole lot easier.

Ooh ooh I know I know! *raises hand*


This song managed to reproduce the most interminable refrain since record players went out of style.
It's a sunny, spring-like day here...this song fits perfectly. :-)
Driving west on a rural highway in north central Florida in a late 70s summer, with the woman I probably should have married, looking for an old windmill for the city's nature center/1880s farm  This song comes on the truck's radio as we turn onto a dirt road that takes us to an abandoned farmstead with a log barn, owls, lots of weeds and still working windmill  We smile in amazement at the perfect fit of us, the place, the day, the music, the moment.      

Wouldn't mind if you took this out of the rotation - somewhere between 1 & 2 in my book.
Long time ago that we have heard this song. Bruce is a great songwriter. Pls play more Bruce C.!!
I love Bruce Cockburn's music.  This song just makes me do the chair-dance... So much good music from him, and thanks to RP for playing it! {#Sunny}
The LION's are in the RP Forum!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Nope, he wasn't there.
He would have been a big improvement over the lame lineup they had at the closing ceremonies.
Nickelback? Really?
 
Aw come on, Anne Murray is hot.

"Some kind of ecstasy's got a hold on me."
I wish I had more days like that.
I love this song. Loved it for 30+ years now. But I dislike everything else I've ever heard from him.
This is one of those seminal albums for me.  It wasn't about the religious allusions, just the spirit and beauty and talent in the music.
One of those songs that I want to hate, but I just can't do it.
 sfearll wrote:
I've loved this song for lo these many years... and his voice still sounds terrific.  don't know why he didn't become better known here in the States (ok, rhetorical question...)

{#Sunny}

 
He has a huge following in the US.  If I were to bet, I would imagine Bruce is happy with the exact level of "fame" he has...any more and it would be counter to his whole point.

YES!     {#Clap}
 macadavy wrote:
"Some kinda ectasy's gotta hold on me" - oh yeah!  {#Good-vibes}

 
"Thousand year old petroglyphs doing a double-take..."

Double Take
 lmic wrote:
Now, how come he didn't play at the Olympics?
Or did he?
 
Nope, he wasn't there.
He would have been a big improvement over the lame lineup they had at the closing ceremonies.
Nickelback? Really?

Now, how come he didn't play at the Olympics?

Or did he?
"Some kinda ectasy's gotta hold on me" - oh yeah!  {#Good-vibes}

sounds like John Prine - "Fish & Whistle" I think.
 papaman wrote:
Released 12 January 1979. It's hard to believe 28 years old.
 
Very much agreed ... 30 years old now ... If I were to guess, I would say it was released within the last 10 years; sounds so current.

 coyote620 wrote:
Sounds like the song "Afternoon Delight"?
 
If that is a question, the answer is "no".

 Viv515 wrote:
Got free tickets to a Bruce Cockburn concert in the early 80s (didn't really know his music at that time) and it was one of the most mesmerizing performances I've ever seen. Bruce is a Canadian treasure!
I too learned of Bruce in the early 80s. Fell in love with his lyrics. Later, in the 90s, musician friends awoke me to his amazing skill as a guitarist. I've heard he's extraordinary in concert.

Bruce Cockburn is brilliant!!! this is such a fun, light hearted song! Thankyou for playing RP...sendin you smiles!!!!!
Sounds like the song "Afternoon Delight"?
I'm wonderin' when this song'll end...might be good on the Wiggles or somethin'.
Got free tickets to a Bruce Cockburn concert in the early 80s (didn't really know his music at that time) and it was one of the most mesmerizing performances I've ever seen. Bruce is a Canadian treasure!
 vit wrote:
Wow some wicked D.J. sampled Dan Fogleberg, slowed his voice down 30%, then mixed in some disney music behind. Impressive.
 

Snotty but dead on.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Detroit Lion's fans don't have to wonder. They know exactly where the Lions are... {#Frustrated}
 

{#Lol}{#Lol}{#Lol}

Cool song, too! I like it.
 AlienRelic wrote:
Gordon Lightfoot and Rush too!
 
Rush?!? I think onerb was talking about the GOOD things in Canada!

Wow some wicked D.J. sampled Dan Fogleberg, slowed his voice down 30%, then mixed in some disney music behind. Impressive.
Detroit Lion's fans don't have to wonder. They know exactly where the Lions are... {#Frustrated}
I've loved this song for lo these many years... and his voice still sounds terrific.  don't know why he didn't become better known here in the States (ok, rhetorical question...)

{#Sunny}

I also like the fact that some of our top acts up here are still just plain working musicians. Bands like Blue Rodeo who don't need to be superstars, have a "posse" everywhere they go, or avoid fans because they are up on some pedestal. I ran into Basil Donovan - BR's bass player - in a tiny Calgary bar during Junos week and had a great conversation with him without worries of security throwing me out. It's nice to know that people can have immense talent without immense egos. AlienRelic wrote:
Gordon Lightfoot and Rush too!
:think:
Sorry, but I couldn't resist... More Cuteness Topic
Aspasa wrote:
I love this style of Bruce's. I play acoustic guitar and have been working on this tune for a decade or more...I'll get it down one of these years! Rock On Bruce! Michael https://www.northcoastcomputers.net
Can you share what you've come up with so far?