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“Lovers in a Dangerous Time”

Posted by purplemary54 on May 11, 2013

Last time I posted about Bruce Cockburn, it was in angry response to the still ongoing, ever more brutal civil war in Syria.  Cockburn wrote most of the songs on 1984’s Stealing Fire after he made a trip to Central America and witnessed firsthand the horrors that many, many people there were suffering.  Horrors that continue today in other countries.  Horrors that will occur in other places in the future.  It seems like no matter where you go, there is some megalomaniac monster who thinks it’s okay to bomb/poison/torture/rape/destroy/burn anyone who looks at him cross-eyed. *sigh*

I looked at the headlines on my Yahoo! homepage today, and saw this, and my heart cheered a little.  There is some justice in the world.  It might not be perfect, but at some point, somewhere, these bastards will get what they deserve.  Even if it isn’t in a courtroom, even if the punishment is only cosmic, the Universe will catch up with them.  (I wonder just how many times Hitler has been reincarnated as a bug only to get smashed.  He’s got millions and millions and millions of lives to make up for, after all.)  Violence only begets more violence, and the only way to really fight back is to love.

I referred to this song in my other Cockburn post because it’s how I got introduced to his music.  Of course, U2 helped with that.  In “God Part II” on Rattle & Hum, Bono sings about hearing this song: “I heard a singer on the radio, late last night.  Says he’s gonna kick the darkness ’till it bleeds daylight.”  I was entranced by the lyricism and power of those words.  It is an amazing truth.  Because the only way to fight darkness is to expose it to light.  Love conquers hate, forgiveness trumps revenge, silence only ends when somebody speaks up.  I get very pessimistic about humanity on a pretty regular basis; people just seem to can’t help hurting each other.  But then one good thing happens.  Some firefighters rescue some kittens from inside a wall.  A man on the street helps a kidnapped woman escape.  A dog alerts his person to a fire, and she runs back in to rescue him when she realizes he didn’t run out with her.  Yeah, there’s always gonna be assholes who shoot people for their iPhones.  Yeah, there’s always gonna be politicians who ignore their constituents and vote to fill their own wallets.  Yeah, bad things are going to happen.  And sometimes it feels like all you hear about are the bad things.  But then a train conductor stops a commuter train to rescue the dog that got tied to the tracks.*

“When you’re lovers in a dangerous time, sometimes you’re made to feel as if your love’s a crime.  But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. Got to kick at the darkness ’till it bleeds daylight.”



*All the specific stories I refer to are actual news stories, mostly local to SoCal.  Although I’m pretty sure at least one of them is kind of familiar to folks right now.


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