-- Open --
9 May 2001. Montreal.

Found on:

You've Never Seen Everything (2003)

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

I never live with balance
I always wake up nervous
Light comes at me sideways
I hold my breath forever

I never live with balance
Though I've always liked the notion
I feel that endless hunger
For energy and motion
I never live with balance
I wanna feel you near me
Thereís an aching in my hipbone
Wanna let my heart drop open
Itís daylight in the city
Thereís thumping in the stairwell
Kundalini sunrise
A clamoring of church bells

You like to let me worry
But I donít take you for granted
Come over here and kiss me
Iím savoring your picture
The street is filled with noises
Life going up and down
Light comes at you sideways
Enfolds you like a gown

Bruce Cockburn: Acoustic & Electric Guitars and Vocals
Gary Craig: Drums and Percussion
John Dymond: Bass
Hugh Marsh: Violin
Colin Linden: Electric Mandolins
Sarah Harmer: Harmonies

Editor's note: This song was first played in concert at the 16 March 2002, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA. show. It was next played at the Portland show where Lisa made these obserbvations:
Bruce played a song he described as only having been played "once before in front of humans." It was a very nice, rolling sort of tune that reminded me of riding a bike or a horse on a rolling plain.

  • 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

    "Waking up on a Sunday morning in Montreal..."

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

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