-- All The Ways I Want You --
11 December 1991. Atlanta, GA.

Found on:

Dart to the Heart (1994)

Rumours of Glory - box set Disc 5 (2014) [compilation album]

The hills are full of secrets
Owls watch by night
Down in town the bars are full
And the drunks are picking fights
These are things I know
But the facts are filtered through
All the ways I want you

2:19 freight train
Moaning somewhere near
I see you in the distance
But I can't get there from here
Hard to believe it's happening
But my whole world's shrunken to
All the ways I want you

Stars look down and laugh at me
I ought to take a bow
Don't have to tell them life's hard sometimes
There's one falling now
Nobody's here beside me
I can talk about it to
All the ways I want you

Known comments by Bruce Cockburn about this song, by date:

  • 22 November 1994

    Listeners sometimes are left guessing whether his songs of passionate yearning -- including the current album's "All the Ways I Want You" and "Bone in My Ear"-- are addressed to an earthly romantic partner, or a divine presence.

    "When I'm writing the song, I'm entirely aware of which it is. To me [songs such as those two] are pretty carnal. But sometimes when you're expressing longing for a person, deeper things creep into it. It's fair enough if people want to read it the other way."
    - from "Bruce Cockburn: Interior Motive" by Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times, 22 November 1994. Submitted by Nigel Parry.

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