-- Rouler sa Bosse ("To Knock About the World") --
released 1974 & 2005

Found on:

Salt, Sun and Time (1974)

Speechless (2005)

Rumours of Glory - box set Disc 2 (2014) [compilation album]


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

  • 1986 - "When we listened to the playback right after recording this Jack Zaza, the clarinettist, observed that we sounded just like two guys outside a whore house." - from "All The Diamonds" songbook, edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

  • 23 November 2005 - "This is an old song... and the title is in French. The French is older than the song, actually. But as you may have already guessed [chuckles], it means 'rolling your hump.' ... but really, it was an expression used in France in the 20's 30's and 40's meaning "rambling" or "moving around." It really gives you insight into the headspace of a people, the different expressions they use, doesn't it... [in a bad french accent] 'well, I guess I'll just go roll my hump'.

    That's what Jack Kerouac would have said. Anyways, I wrote it at a time when I was doing a lot of moving around myself, rolling my hump so to speak." - from: Comments made at his show at the Brock University Centre for the Performing Arts, November 23rd 2005, Speechless Tour, submitted by Joe Orlando.

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