"So here we are. We've heard music for feeding Africa, music for freeing the people of South Africa, and we're starting to feel the critical backlash. Don't let the cynics get you down. Good happens all over the place. It's
not just concerned with publicity. You throw the stone in the water and the circles spread - you can't tell what they pass through or where they'll stop."
-- from the World Of Wonders Tour Program, circa 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.
"[For a few albums you became quite political in focus, why has that changed recently?] I think it's a result of not traveling but also out of a desire to not keep repeating myself. I don't think it's necessary to keep on saying the same things even though they still may be true. I can stay involved in certain issues without them coming out in songs. The same process I just described went into writing the political songs as well. If I'm not working with those sort of things for a period of time, or if I'm still working but the novelty's worn off(laughs), then I don't produce those types of songs anymore. It requires a fair amount of emotional justice to get those type of songs going. Let me add to that, the fact, though I didn't think of it at the time, Trouble With Normal, Stealing Fire, and World Of Wonders seemed to be a sort of trilogy. After doing those it seemed like I have said enough about the North-South things. At least until a new experience gives me something to add to it."
-- from "Bruce Cockburn: The Soul of a Man", by Michael Case, Umbrella magazine, date unknown. Submitted by Nigel Parry.
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