Bruce Cockburn: Wondering Where The Lions Are

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Wondering Where The Lions Are

Sun's up, uh-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 be
I got my mind on eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

CHORUS: And I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
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


CHORUS: And I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
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 into eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

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















songwriter: Bruce Cockburn

performed by: Bruce Cockburn

date released: 1979 by Bruce Cockburn

And you thought this song was about lions? Think
again. Through the infectious West Indian rhythms comes through some sobering Coburn thoughts: "Everyone dies, and it's all over the place. Nature's dying, the river's dried up, there are soldiers marching."

1979 was a frightening place for this fledgling singer-songwriter from Ottawa. Sino-Russo tensions were heating about along their border, and no one really knew the nuclear capacity of either country. Just waking up to sunshine and dreaming of lions was a blessing to young Coburn.

Bruce Cockburn was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1945. He spent his early years growing up on a farm in Pembroke, Ontario, where he found his first guitar in his grandmother's attic.

While Cockburn was popular as a singer-songwriter in Canada in the folk, rock and jazz traditions, he burst onto the American music scene in 1979 with his hit single, "Wondering Where The Lions Are."

Cockburn's songwriting is a work in progress. Thematically, his songs exhibit a wide range of social commentary, beginning with the urban, moving on to the global and then addressing the political affairs of the world. Political activism took him to various troubled parts of the world where he was also to absorb their musical influences: Reggae, Latin, West African Kora, blues, etc.

In his lifetime, Cockburn received five honorary doctorates, most recently an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Cockburn was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982 and was promoted to Officer in 2002. In 2001, Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.











Wondering Where The Lions Are

Sun's up, uh-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 be
I got my mind on eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

CHORUS: And I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
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


CHORUS: And I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
I'm wondering where the lions are
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 into eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me

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















songwriter: Bruce Cockburn

performed by: Bruce Cockburn

date released: 1979 by Bruce Cockburn

And you thought this song was about lions? Think
again. Through the infectious West Indian rhythms comes through some sobering Coburn thoughts: "Everyone dies, and it's all over the place. Nature's dying, the river's dried up, there are soldiers marching."

1979 was a frightening place for this fledgling singer-songwriter from Ottawa. Sino-Russo tensions were heating about along their border, and no one really knew the nuclear capacity of either country. Just waking up to sunshine and dreaming of lions was a blessing to young Coburn.

Bruce Cockburn was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1945. He spent his early years growing up on a farm in Pembroke, Ontario, where he found his first guitar in his grandmother's attic.

While Cockburn was popular as a singer-songwriter in Canada in the folk, rock and jazz traditions, he burst onto the American music scene in 1979 with his hit single, "Wondering Where The Lions Are."

Cockburn's songwriting is a work in progress. Thematically, his songs exhibit a wide range of social commentary, beginning with the urban, moving on to the global and then addressing the political affairs of the world. Political activism took him to various troubled parts of the world where he was also to absorb their musical influences: Reggae, Latin, West African Kora, blues, etc.

In his lifetime, Cockburn received five honorary doctorates, most recently an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Cockburn was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982 and was promoted to Officer in 2002. In 2001, Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.











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Quiz #: 3103
And you thought Coburn was talking about the Ottawa Zoo? Check this song out.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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