-- Bird Lady --
(unreleased) 1968 or before


  • November 2006 : More importantly, the group (Flying Circus) also got the opportunity to record a whole clutch of recently composed songs at Eastern Sound, a tape of which provides a tantalising insight into Cockburn's short (and never previously heard) "psychedelic period".
    While Pendrith doesn't recall recording any material with the band after he joined, that didn't stop Cockburn from introducing new songs into the set, such as "Jacob's Ladder", "Morning Hymn" and " Bird Lady", the latter written about a woman in Ottawa who was "like a bag lady". "She had all feathers and stuff and people used to call her the 'bird lady', remembers MacBain. "That was the basis of that song".

    from - an article entited, "Early Bruce Cockburn - The Flying Circus and Olivus" by Nick Warburton.

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