--The End Of All Rivers --
Released September 2005 (circa 1999)*

Found on:

Speechless (2005)

Slice O Life (2009)


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

  • Editor's note: *This song began appearing in live performances during the tour following the release of Cockburn's 25th album, Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu.

  • 6 May 2000

    In introducing his new instrumental he said that he had invited submissions for titling the song but he didn't receive very many suggestions and that the ones he did receive "frankly weren't very good". Everyone laughed. He went on to say that this was his fault because he'd been lazy and then told the audience that the title was, "End Of All Rivers".

    - from an introduction to the song at a concert at Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. 6 May 2000. Submitted by Ken Gibson

  • 3 November 2006

    "That song was called End of All Rivers, referring to the ocean, not to the dying of rivers. Though, reading on the front page of the Globe and Mail about dire problems with the fishing industry, you have to wonder: is a river still a river if there is nothing to swim in it?"
    - from concert: Life Short - Call Now Tour, Centre for Performing Arts, Vancouver, BC, 3 November 2006. Reported by Mark Classen

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