-- Put It In Your Heart --
18 November 2001. Montreal.

Found on:

You've Never Seen Everything (2003)

Slice O Life (2009) [Live]

Rumours of Glory - box set Disc 6 (2014) [compilation album]

Greatest Hits (1970-2020) (2021) [compilation album]

As I stare into the flames
filled up with feelings I can't name
Images of life appear --
regret and anger, love and fear
Dark things drift across the screen
of mine behind whose veil are seen
love's ferocious eyes, and clear
the words come flying to my ear
Go on -- put it in your heart --
Put it in your heart
Terrible deeds done in the name
of tunnel vision and fear of change
surely are expressions of
a soul that's turned its back on love
All the sirens all the tongues
The song of air in every lung
Heaven's perfect alchemy
put me with you and you with me
Come on -- put that in your heart
Come on, put it in your heart
All the sirens all the tongues
The song of air in every lung
Heaven's perfect alchemy
Put me with you and you with me

Come on, put it in your heart
Come on, put it in your heart

Bruce Cockburn: 12-string Guitar, Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar and Vocals
Gary Craig: Drums & Percussion
John Dymond: Bass
Hugh Marsh: Violin
Maury Lafoy & Graham Powell: Harmonies

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

Editor's note: This song started being played in concert at the 31 January 2002 Glasgow show.

  • 5 March 2002

    "Here's something that's very new. I found myself watching TV like everyone else on Sept 11th, and I thought how pathetic to address something like that with a song. But after the next few days, I thought there is not a much better way to address that - to help us put that in perspective. This song helped me (get perspective) maybe not directly, but I wouldn't have written it without (the events of Sept 11th). A friend of mine said if we are going to have a war about anything, we should have a war on fundamentalism."
    -- from the 5 March 2002, Senator Theater, Baltimore, MD concert, as transcribed from her notes, by Ruth White from Columbia MD.

  • 29 June 2002

    "This particular song was triggered not so much by the event itself, which was horrible but not that surprising if youíd spent time in the rest of the world, but by the aftermath of it. By the pronouncements of, I can never get them straight whether it was Pat Robertson or Jerry Farwall but it hardly matters, sitting there on TV, and I watched this bugger say this, that the destruction of the WTC was really the fault of gays, lesbians, and the people who had abortions. My immediate response was fuck you you pieces of shit get off the TV. Then I got civilized you know, man that made me mad though, anyway, it struck me that that kind of thinking and my thinking in response to that thinking was really, there was almost no difference between that and what Osama bin Laden apparent thinks which is that everybody other than him is really sub-human and doesnít deserve life. Itís all to easy for us to feel like that. This song is kind of a reflection on that and is addressed to whichever one of those boringly suited evangelists it was. It came out of a meditation. Itís called "Put it in your Heart". I guess itís kind of addressed to me as well."
    -- transcribed from the 29 June 2002, Kate Wolf Festival concert. Submitted by Doug Stacey.

  • April 2003

    "What I see happening in the face of all this darkness is something new in human spirituality, openness, some sense of our common destiny. Weíve got to keep nudging ourselves in the direction of good and respect for each other."
    -- from Bruce Cockburn's bio on Rounder Records.

  • 2021

    ~ from the liner notes of Greatest Hits (1970-2020)

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