Editor's note: Dave Hedenstrom wrote to the Project from St. Paul, MN to point out that "The song 'Shipwrecked at the Stable Door' was apparently inspired by the book 'Lion and Lamb' by Brennan Manning, which Bruce mentions as a source of inspiration in the liner notes for 'Big Circumstance.' The final chapter of that book is titled 'The Shipwrecked at the Stable.'"
Circa 1990 -
This is one of those sort of religious leaning ones. I always picture myself as a sort of drunk in a doorway when I sing this song, you know, just
to give people an idea where it's coming from. Ranting about religion.
-- from Radio Interview, BBC Radio 1, 1990, Interviewer is Johnny Walker. Transcribed and submitted by David Newton.
19 June 1997
Yvon Malenfant reports that 'Shipwrecked...' "came from a story by Walter Wangerine or one of the writers Bruce lists in the 'Big Circumstance' credits. Yvon continues, "The story is about how in our modern day we would not want to enter the manger scene because of foul odors as well as the "commonness" of the scene. We want power, comfort and ease-thus we are shipwrecked at the
stable door because of our lack of humility and not expecting to fine the divine in the simplest of settings."
Following his performance in Indianapolis (June 19, 1997), Karen Derrick asked Bruce about the line "Left like a shadow on the step where a body was before." Bruce affirmed that he was thinking about what happened in Hiroshima in 1945 when the white hot bomb blast left people's shadow's imprinted on concrete.
Courtesy of Frank Brusca.
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