Civilization And Its Discontents - Bruce Cockburn

    I need a helmet to protect my head
    I need earphones to hear what gets said
    I need a miracle to keep this little thread from snapping

    I know a lot about alienated man
    But we've all heard as much about that as we can stand
    It's just what happens when you let the time span catch you napping

    Two forward and one back
    Blind fingers groping for the right track
    What's to do when a stab and a pat on the back look like the same thing?

    Civilization and its discontents
    When all's been said and all the money spent
    Trying to beat the system of the world's events
    Gets you nowhere.

    Tired faces with the bus stop blues
    Man on a bench with a blanket of news
    The young Jamaican joking with the old Jew about women

    So many people so lost you feel sorry
    But too much pathos just makes you angry
    And even though I know who loves me I'm not that much less lost

    Black outline, sliding gray scale
    Subtle variations of dark to pale
    Pearl sky raining light like hail, come on and pierce me
    Raining light like a vision of the holy grail, come on and pierce me

    Civilization and its...

    (Toronto  2/7/81)


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