Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday morsel: "All the Diamonds" (from Bruce Cockburn)

Saturday night Richard and I went to a concert by one of our favourite musicians, Bruce Cockburn.  We've attended every concert he's put on in Kingston for the past 20+ years, and at 67 he is singing and playing better than ever.

He ended the concert with "All the Diamonds" -- saving the best for last.  The words are so beautiful, I thought I'd share them here today.  (To hear the song, see the video at end of this post.)


photo credit:  www.freeimages.co.uk


All the diamonds in this world
That mean anything to me
Are conjured up by wind and sunlight
Sparkling on the sea

I ran aground in a harbour town
Lost the taste for being free
Thank God He sent some gull-chased ship
To carry me to sea

Two thousand years and half a world away
Dying trees still grow greener when you pray

  Silver scales flash bright and fade
In reeds along the shore
Like a pearl in a sea of liquid jade
His ship comes shining
Like a crystal swan in a sky of suns
His ship comes shining. 

***** 




9 comments:

  1. An annual concert tradition for over 20 years! How special that must be for the two of you! Glad you shared this, Jeannie. Lovely.

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    1. Sorry! That comment was me -- Adriana --I'm on my husband's computer and I forgot to sign in to Blogger! :-)

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    2. Thank you Adriana - I wish it were annual -- maybe more like every 3-5 years. But when he comes to town, we have to be there!

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  2. Wonderfully touching music, to go along with a wonderfully touching story of you and your husband, Jeannie. Thanks for sharing both.

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    1. Thanks, Tim! If you did listen to the video I hope it was the one I added this morning, not the original live one I first put in when I posted it yesterday -- that one was really not good quality.

      Isn't that a lovely image of God sending a "gull-chased ship" to carry us to freedom? Bruce's lyrics are so original!

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  3. So stunning. Mark Twain wrote: The difference between the right word and almost the right word is like the difference between a lightning bolt and a lightening bug.
    Bruce seems to find just the right words!

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    1. He sure does, Sarah. Thanks so much for commenting.

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  4. What beautiful words. I'm going to listen to the video now. :-)

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    1. I hope you like it, Betsy -- Bruce may have a new fan! Thanks for coming by.

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