Lovers in a Dangerous Time
|"Lovers In A Dangerous Time"|
|Single by Bruce Cockburn|
|from the album Stealing Fire|
|Label||True North Records|
"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" is a song by Bruce Cockburn, originally released on his 1984 album Stealing Fire. The song was a Top 40 hit for Cockburn, peaking at No. 25 on the Canadian charts the week of August 18, 1984.
According to Cockburn, the song was inspired by seeing teenagers expressing romantic love in a schoolyard. In the song, he contrasts the hopefulness and joy of new love with the despair of a wider Cold War world where notions of the future often carried a sense of foreboding and doom. However, especially in light of Cockburn's next single "If I Had a Rocket Launcher", the song has also been interpreted by listeners and critics as referring to the same Guatemalan refugee crisis that inspired the later song, or to the then-emerging HIV/AIDS crisis. Cockburn stated in later interviews that he was pleased by both of these alternate interpretations.
Dan Fogelberg cover
Barenaked Ladies cover
The song was subsequently covered by Barenaked Ladies on the 1991 Cockburn tribute album Kick at the Darkness. Their rendition became their first Top 40 hit on the Canadian charts, reaching No. 16 the week of February 15, 1992. It also appeared on their greatest hits compilation Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits.
Additional covers have been recorded by the Canadian singer Frazey Ford, Canadian duo "The Royal Oui", Canadian jazz trumpeter Michael Occhipinti, the Jamaican reggae band Third World, Samuel Bowen and Daniel Kovac.
- http://www.collectionscanada.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6799&volume=40&issue=24&issue_dt=August%2018%201984&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=3p2vga9k0f6fq14h899m1m8rd5 RPM
- "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" at The Cockburn Project
- ""The Wild Places" Info". Danfogelberg.com. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
- http://www.collectionscanada.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.2054&volume=55&issue=8&issue_dt=February%2015%201992&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=3p2vga9k0f6fq14h899m1m8rd5 RPM
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