Bruce Cockburn - The Bicycle Trip

Artist: Bruce Cockburn

Song: The Bicycle Trip

Album: Cockburn (1970)

Bruce Cockburn's self-titled debut's blend of diversity, enthusiasm, and innocence never quite resurfaced again in his work, especially in his more clinical, politically inclined tracts of later decades. The opening number, "Going to the Country," still evokes that hippie-esque, back-to-the-earth movement as well as any song ever recorded, complete with a sly wink that keeps it fresh to this day. And since this was 1970, the album also comes equipped with some of those quaint excesses of the period; try the nasal tone poem gracing "The Bicycle Trip." "Musical Friends" remains a lively, happy-go-lucky classic with piano signature lifted from McCartney’s playbook; it's difficult to picture the dour Cockburn of more recent years ever having this much fun. In contrast, "Thoughts on a Rainy Afternoon" offers a trance-like, introspective atmosphere reminiscent of British folkie legend Nick Drake. ~ Roch Parisien, All Music Guide

From this Canadian folk singer/songwriter’s, it faithfully recreates a day on spinning and thinking from a psychedelic period in history.


Drift along

Hear the gravel crackle


Shades of the eternal dancer

God has buttered the land with sunlight


Corn grows high

Like a tall watusi


Hums a monotonous tune

Rather hypnotically


Overhead there's a parrot with boxing gloves

Singing like me

What a clever bird

Even knows the words

But he doesn't seem to see


Making my great escape

You can just take so much of your own advice

Who needs a king

Sitting in a tree

So loquaciously

Pigeonholing everything

Pigeons have a way of taking wing

Back again

Purple thistles bristle

All around

Bane of the Eternal Dancer


Home is just around the bend...

The end

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