-- How The Violin Was Born --
(guest appearance)


Cedar, Cedar was born
Born among the stones and rocks
Big stag made him
Big brain worked him
But Cedar, Cedar didn't have a soul
Heavy was his heart
His heart was silent

Then Tahomitz the big brain sent
Aimari the bird pure and fuckless
Aimari came singing, entered the
Tree and became its pith, and
The trees heart filled with music
and Cedar, Cedar sang
Quivered to careeses from the wind

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

  • Editor's Note: The lyrics to 'How the Violin Was Born' are by Jerome Rothenburg, from the book 'Shaking the Pumpkin', and Cockburn guest-appeared on Hugh Marsh's album, also titled "Shaking the Pumpkin".

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