-- One Day I Walk --
June 1970. Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada.

Found on:

High Winds White Sky (1971)

Circles In The Stream (1977) [live album]

Waiting For A Miracle, Singles 1970-1987 (1987) [compilation album]

Rumours of Glory - box set Disc 1 (2014) [compilation album]

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

Oh I have been a beggar
And shall be one again
And few the ones with help to lend
Within the world of men
One day I walk in flowers
one day I walk on stones
Today I walk in hours
One day I shall be home

I have sat on the street corner
And watched the bootheels shine
And cried out glad and cried out sad
With every voice but mine
One day I walk in flowers
one day I walk on stones
Today I walk in hours
One day I shall be home
One day I shall be home

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

  • 1986 - "I don't remember much about the writing of this one. Kim Semenick, whose father made my dulcimer, told me not too long ago that she sang it to an old derelict gentleman she happened to be sharing an abandoned house with while hitchhiking. She said it cheered him up, and how come I don't write more stuff with this kind of universality?" - from "All The Diamonds" songbook, edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

  • 15 June 2010

    On Wednesday (16 June 2010) at Massey Hall, iconic recording artist Bruce Cockburn and guest stars will perform some of his best-known material. Cockburn talks over the set list with Brad Wheeler.

    The country-influenced track from 1971ís High Winds White Sky refers to street-busking. Almost 40 years later, the acclaimed guitarist considers the idea of playing for passers-by coins now:

    "Itís a scary proposition. As something of my own initiative, Iím not likely to do that. Unless, of course, I have to do it to make a living. You can never rule these things out. If it came down to it, I would cheerfully do it."

    - from Bruce Cockburn Set for Luminato Honours - 40 Years of songs to Live By by Brad Wheeler.

  • 2021

    "Sitting on the patio of the 150-year-old stone farm house my parents had at the time --- a recollection of busking, of searching --- a longing for a true home..."

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

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