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Bruce Cockburn — Wondering Where The Lions Are (live)
Album: The Whole Night Sky (EP)
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Released: 1996
Length: 5:20
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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 through
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 as precise like the brain behind the gun
(should be!) they got me thinking about 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...

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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 kazoo wrote:

Ha ha ha! Hope the lion wasn't in the mood for a snack. Judging from how my house cat can leap, that guy on top is toast.

I've seen lions climbing BIG fences ... up close they are big and scary.


 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Wondering where the lions are?

Doh!

Lion behind you  



LMAO! 
 Algee wrote:
I'm sorry but would someone please explain this song to me?  I hear it live and people go crazy and I don't understand why and I don't know who the lions are and what am I missing?  This has been a thing with me for many years and any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Pretty good info here: https://cockburnproject.net/so...
(collection of comments BC has made over time)
 Algee wrote:

I'm sorry but would someone please explain this song to me?  I hear it live and people go crazy and I don't understand why and I don't know who the lions are and what am I missing?  This has been a thing with me for many years and any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  


Simple. It's a fun, happy song.
I'm sorry but would someone please explain this song to me?  I hear it live and people go crazy and I don't understand why and I don't know who the lions are and what am I missing?  This has been a thing with me for many years and any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  
 Baby_M wrote:

Where are the Lions?  As of now, in fourth place in the NFC North, with a 4-7 record, but still in the running for a wild card spot.




this could have been posted any year
Summer's End
That's the Way That the World Goes Round
Wondering Where the Lion's Are

I'm not a religious man, but Amen....
O the last four tunes from Vision Thing until Bruce Cockburn travel spiritually & seamlessly between reality and the sublime
My lion (cat) is sitting on my belly right now and purring.
 skuzzfud wrote:
Now, what is it he's wondering about, there?
 
The lions, man.
 westslope wrote:


We now have one just up behind the house in the Sage brush steppe.

I can readily imagine this song appealing to movement people and other political activists.  Bruce nails it.  
 
Totally, whatever you said.
 adyboy94 wrote:
Vancouver, B.C. Up out of Lions Bay or Cypress Bowl
 

We now have one just up behind the house in the Sage brush steppe.

I can readily imagine this song appealing to movement people and other political activists.  Bruce nails it.  
Vancouver, B.C. Up out of Lions Bay or Cypress Bowl
In 40 years we WILL be wondering where the lions are...Wake up... Mother Earth is pissed off at us.. Toooo many people on this little blue heaven.
Now, what is it he's wondering about, there?
Summer's End, That's the Way That the World Goes Round (Norah Jones version) followed by Wondering Where The Lions Are. I'm doing some stretching on the floor after a long and somewhat intense day and I'm grateful, most grateful, for a simple sequence of songs that lifts me up a little higher than I'm sure I ought to be. I like it there.... Thanks Bill. Thanks Rebecca.
 gmsingh123 wrote:
 Milesxl wrote:

Wish they would... this is dire, repetitive and irritating. 
 

Wow, the best response to that is "If I had a rocket launcher some son of a bitch would die."


 
But never forget the trouble with normal is it always gets worse
 gmsingh123 wrote:
 Milesxl wrote:

Wish they would... this is dire, repetitive and irritating. 
 

Wow, the best response to that is "If I had a rocket launcher some son of a bitch would die."


 
But, GmSingh, you could try to "kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight"?

And I'll give a bonus point to who can name the wicked U2 song that quotes the above Bruce Cockburn lyric...
 Milesxl wrote:

Wish they would... this is dire, repetitive and irritating. 
 

Wow, the best response to that is "If I had a rocket launcher some son of a bitch would die."


 erry wrote:


well , I think he wrote it when he became actively Christian , and they feed them to the lions , don't they ?
 
Wish they would... this is dire, repetitive and irritating. 
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Wondering where the lions are?

Doh!

Lion behind you  
 

well , I think he wrote it when he became actively Christian , and they feed them to the lions , don't they ?
 Grammarcop wrote:
Where are the Lions?

Last place as usual.
 
I posted the above six years ago. Some things never change...
 westslope wrote:
What year was this song released?

I seem to recall that it came out much earlier than 1996.
 

This is a live version release, not the original studio version.
Personally, I'm wondering why the Sonos RP integration doesn't support PSD.
What year was this song released?

I seem to recall that it came out much earlier than 1996.
A bit depressing, but in a few years time we're all going to be wondering where the lions went.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Wondering where the lions are?

Doh!

Lion behind you  
 Classic! Like this image more than the tune actually.

uuuuhhhhhgggggg!!!!!!!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Wondering where the lions are?

Doh!

Lion behind you  
 
Ha ha ha! Hope the lion wasn't in the mood for a snack. Judging from how my house cat can leap, that guy on top is toast.
A Canadian treasure!!
At least the studio version is a 10
Wondering where the lions are?

Doh!

Lion behind you  
30+ albums. Many many fantastic songs. This is one that has aged pretty well considering, but nowhere near his best. If you want live Cockburn singing songs from this part of his career, may I suggest: "After the Rain?" with incredible acoustic guitar work that is even more notable live mixed with that stream-of-consciousness reportage so gritty and yet open and ready for the world to be pierced by grace:

"Engine throb street cruise light bullet car flash
Hollow beauty night gleam oily river tension glass"

 jab49 wrote:
Best to play the original - this live version is a case of "you had to be there".

 
Yep, I guess I'd have to second that. Big fan of the song and Bruce, but this version isn't as strong as the original.
Something about Bruce's name just sounds so incredibly painful...

{#Eek}{#Fire}
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
This song sucks and the clapping all white-folks wrong
 
Ah, no wonder I find the clapping exceptionally obnoxious
I love this song more each time I hear it.
Personally, I'm wondering why this guy's music is so bland.
Bruce has made some wonderful albums full of songs deep in meaning. This is not one of them!
 jab49 wrote:
Best to play the original - this live version is a case of "you had to be there".

 
#upvoted
 
The studio version's a fairly rare 10 for me. This gets a 5, max.
oh no, it's the sound of white people clapping. off beat and rushin the tempo. ouughta be banned along with cell phones
This song sucks and the clapping all white-folks wrong
Background singers wonderin' when the song will end.
I'd rather hear the original - but I'll sing along with any version you want to play.
Wonderin' where the "MEHs" are....
{#Neutral}



                     

                     Look under your seats, boys and girls -

                       EVERYONE GETS A FREE YO-YO !!! 


 
 

Where the Lions are is one and done for the 2016-17 season after losing to Seattle in he wild card round, 26-6.
I feel like I'm in a Holiday Inn lounge listening to a guy w/aviator tinted glasses and polyester.  "C'mon folks put your hands together."
The background singers sound bored out of their skulls. Ruins it for me. 
 Skydog wrote:
2

 
Guess you meant 12 {#Angel}
2
{#Bananajam}{#War} Doesn't get much better than this!!

 jab49 wrote:
Best to play the original - this live version is a case of "you had to be there".

 
Agree.  He tends to drag this out, but when I saw him live it didn't matter.  Cooking while listening tonight it got... long.
Best to play the original - this live version is a case of "you had to be there".
I turned them in.
 Baby_M wrote:
Where are the Lions?  As of now, in fourth place in the NFC North, with a 4-7 record, but still in the running for a wild card spot.

 
LOL excellent.

One of the few COCKburn songs I can tolerate.. 
Where are the Lions?  As of now, in fourth place in the NFC North, with a 4-7 record, but still in the running for a wild card spot.
Man, I've been listening to Bill's playlist for over a decade now but tonight is officially dubbed "Night of Nines" for so many 9 ratings (or higher) back to back. From old favorites of mine to new favorites that I've been introduced to here. Keep em coming!
 fredriley wrote:
Which title reminds me that I once applied for the job of resident artist at Whipsnade Zoo, but was rejected because I couldn't draw a straight lion.

I'll get me mane...

 
Nipped that off of W.C.Fields, did you?  The only other person I ever knew to use "Whipsnade" was my ex-husband.
 fredriley wrote:
Which title reminds me that I once applied for the job of resident artist at Whipsnade Zoo, but was rejected because I couldn't draw a straight lion.

I'll get me mane...

 
I guess you didn't have the appropriate koalafications, Fred.
Woody Creek Colorado-1981, played this to death- sitting up all night by the camp fire. Great fuzzy memories....
I haven't heard this song played for a while...but I find myself sing this refrain all the time.  I really relate ever since I had a mountain lion fight about 30' from my tent a couple of years ago.  Reeeeooowwww back and forth for about 10 min.  I guess it was the loser that got run over on Hwy 33 at Canada Larga Rd, about a mile farther away.
 lbeaton wrote:
Brooooooooce! {#Bananajam}

 
Right on Bananabro!!!  You know a true poet when you hear one.
 Zoonhollis wrote:
Please, somebody tell him where the lions are.

 
exactly. {#Headache}
 The_Enemy wrote:
I thought by now you'd realize

There ain't no way to hide your lion (eyes)

 
gif of Manny Pacquiao getting knocked out

Dude, that joke knocked Manny out. 
 redeyespy wrote:
At times his voice is akin to Warren Zevon's.
 
Although they're both singer/songwriters I would never place Cockburn in the same league as Zevon.  Good but not great...
Timeless.   

And one hell of a guitar player !

 
 fredriley wrote:
Which title reminds me that I once applied for the job of resident artist at Whipsnade Zoo, but was rejected because I couldn't draw a straight lion.

I'll get me mane...
 
Jokes as good as this deserve a bump. 
Saw him at Mariposa in '67, didn't know at the time that was his first solo performance. Impressive accumulation of work since then.
Please, somebody tell him where the lions are.
So am I.
 bev wrote:
Originally had this at "6" but...yes, for sure it's at least a "7" today...thanks for playing! {#Dance}

 

Which title reminds me that I once applied for the job of resident artist at Whipsnade Zoo, but was rejected because I couldn't draw a straight lion.

I'll get me mane...
Was just thinking....

Maybe Bruce is Canada's version of Jamaica's Bob...?
 
 kcar wrote:
Shore hope yew find them goddamned lions before they find yew. 

 
and hopefully we'll then never have to hear the song again.
Shore hope yew find them goddamned lions before they find yew. 
I thought by now you'd realize

There ain't no way to hide your lion (eyes)

Where are the Lions?

Last place as usual.
Brooooooooce! {#Bananajam}
 haresfur wrote:
Not so wild about this live version although it's a great tune.  The heavy beat and audience participation swamps the dreamy quality of the studio version that suits the song better IMO.  I imagine it would have felt differently to be at the concert but doesn't work at my desk.  Sometimes live music should just stay live.

On the other hand the original album production sounds a bit dated and could use a remodel.
 
Agreed - the acoustic live version on Slice O Life is better.
 haresfur wrote:
Not so wild about this live version although it's a great tune.  The heavy beat and audience participation swamps the dreamy quality of the studio version that suits the song better IMO.  I imagine it would have felt differently to be at the concert but doesn't work at my desk.  Sometimes live music should just stay live.

On the other hand the original album production sounds a bit dated and could use a remodel.
  ...roger that


Nice stuff.   

Gotta play something from ...  Nothing But A Burning Light   - Produced by the almighty T-Bone Burnett...

 
1991"A Dream Like Mine"16522Nothing But A Burning Light
1992"Great Big Love"2712
"Mighty Trucks of Midnight"6712
"Somebody Touched Me"498
      

Not so wild about this live version although it's a great tune.  The heavy beat and audience participation swamps the dreamy quality of the studio version that suits the song better IMO.  I imagine it would have felt differently to be at the concert but doesn't work at my desk.  Sometimes live music should just stay live.

On the other hand the original album production sounds a bit dated and could use a remodel.
Wow.  This track seems to have returned to RP !   Cool.

Bruce was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982 and was promoted to Officer in 2002.


In May 2007 he received two 
honorary doctorates, the fourth and fifth of his career. In early May he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Queens Universityin Kingston, Ontario,<11> and later in the month he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the convocation of Memorial University of Newfoundland for his lifelong contributions to Canadian music, culture and social activism. Cockburn previously received honorary doctorates from York University in Toronto, Berklee College of Music, and St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.<12>

Originally had this at "6" but...yes, for sure it's at least a "7" today...thanks for playing! {#Dance}
1971?
Damn Good....... {#Angel}
At times his voice is akin to Warren Zevon's.
I sometimes initially resent artists like Sting, Bruce Cockburn and Warren Zevon who feel compelled to educate listeners about places they have travelled and social ills they have witnessed. Not everyone wants a lecture with their music. So to each his own. On the other hand, I usually start to appreciate that thought provoking music after the first few listens (I like all three musicians I listed above) and wouldn\'t you know it, I agree with the opinions they embed in the songs. So I don\'t mind.
The live version of this is even more emotionally lifting than the album version. It\'s pretty clear that the audience is right along with him in the spirit of the song. And on rhythm too! Nothing wrong with a bit of happiness now and then....
Nice! Had never heard the live version until RP! Thanks Bill. The story goes that B.C. wrote this to counter a pessimistic friend\'s assertions that the world sucked and would soon go completely to hell. If everyone agreed, it *would*. Thank God for uplifting, intelligent lyrics like B.C.\'s.
B.C. is great. Great talent, and puts the \'intelligent\' in \'eclectic itelligent rock\'. Keep it up.
Bruce Cockburn is a very passionate song-writer. His lyrics might not be for everyone but he knows of what he writes - he has travelled throughout South and Central America and writes of the injustices he sees in third world countries. As for \"pretentious and self-righteous\", the author of those comments might just look at himself.