-- And We Dance --
released 1981

Found on:

Inner City Front (1981) & (2002)

Midnight flight
Fullmoon light
Laughter in the air
It's a party all right
Slate-blue clouds
Iridescent sea
I'm heading for you
And you're headed for me
and we dance and we dance
and we dance...

Down there in the realm of power
Somebody's manicured hands
Play the Ace of Influence
Against the Jack of Demands
I reach for the deck --
Draw the seven of hearts --
Doesn't mean the world
But it's a better place to start
and we dance and we dance
and we dance...

Paradox and contrast
Variety and change
History repeats
But it's never the same
We've got this time
We've got this rhythm
Till the whole thing comes apart
Like light through a prism
and we dance and we dance
and we dance...

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

  • 1990 - "The band was flying from Victoria to Vancouver for a gig. We were the only passengers on the jet liner. We were drinking cognac. Drummer Bob DiSalle got to fly the plane. Is this what real rock stars do?" - from "Rumours of Glory 1980-1990" (songbook), edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications, Ottawa, 1990. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

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