-- Deja Vu --
22 October 1972. Toronto, Canada.

Found on:

Night Vision (1973)

Deja vu
Glass cafe faces
Fade into the wash
Of brick-dust-yellow afternoon

Deja vu
Slow lines on pages
Shape words like echoes
Of a ball bounced in an empty street

Deja vu
Sun on hair dancing
To breeze-borne snatches
Of a lost music box melody

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

  • 1986:

    "My brother John gave me Durrell's "The Alexandria Quartet" for Christmas. Some of its atmosphere crept into this song, which I actually wrote on the piano but never could quite perform."
    -- from "All The Diamonds" songbook, edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

  • Spring 1993

    James Jensen: That album [Night Vision] also contained a very traditional ragtime sounding piece "The Blues Got The World ...." but "Deja Vu" and "Lightstorm" ....

    BC: That was the Jazz coming back, I was never disciplined enough to be a Jazz player but I listened to an awful lot of it and I played a lot of it in a certain way so that was bound to show up sooner or later too. That's partly responsible for the modal kind of approach to chord structure and all that which was characteristic of the Jazz that I liked in the sixties like Coltrane. The Jazz players of that era were getting influenced by music of other cultures, Indian and Arabic music and so was I.
    -- from an Interview by James Jensen at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, circa Spring 1993.

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