-- Coyote Blue --
(unreleased) circa 1990*


Here comes coyote sniffing down the trail
Dodging pools of moonlight cool and pale
Blue darkness and yellow light
Raging after all that's in the spiny desert night

Coyote Blue, coming after you (repeat)

Used to have a jacket, used to have a tie
Must have left them somewhere in the course of passing by
Hey that's me down there with my tail stuck out behind
If I don't catch you soon I'm gonna go out of my mind

Coyote Blue, coming after you (repeat)

There's all these points of contact to explore
There's a hunger in the bones that's calling more
There's life leaping forward with a roar
There's a lot of tricks been played a billion times before

But this trick is what is happening got to play it as it lays
Got to keep your wits about you, it's an ever shifting maze
Hear the scratch of paws on gravel, hear the panting in the grass
Hear the happy goofball howl and come on meet me at the pass

Coyote Blue, coming after you

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

Editor's Note: *Recorded during the sessions for Nothing But A Burning Light, but never used on the album.

  • 3 November 1991: "There are a couple of songs, three in fact [Wake Up Willie, Let The Bad Air Out, Coyote Blue], that we recorded when we were doing the new album that didn't end up on the album. And that was one of them [Coyote Blue]. I think we thought that that one was just too silly for the rest of the album. But your perspective changes sometimes when we're up here looking at you. (laughter) I don't mean it like that or anything, whatever that is. They were kind of fun songs that didn't seem to fit the rest of album in the way the rest of the album fits together, so we didn't put them on." - as said at the 3 November 1991 show at Thunder Bay, Ontario; from a post to the Humans discussion list by Blair in November, 1996. Anonymous submission.

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