Bruce Cockburn - If I had a Rocket Launcher
Bruce Cockburn - one of the kings of the protest song. This is a classic. I am interested to hear any theological reflections on the lyrics.
Robin Parry scribbles the odd thought on various theological issues and books.
That's one of my favourite songs of all time because for me it articulates that desperate, impotent anger that we often feel when injustice is perpetrated by forces far stronger than us.
When we were tackling Psalm 137 in an evening service, i used this song as example of how God's people might put into the words the fury they feel at what's happening in our world today.
It wasn't very popular, a number of people objecting to the term 'son of a bitch' being used in church!
We don't handle raw emotion very well in our churches. I think this song expresses it. But it does so in a tightly composed riff, a very precisely played guitar part and carefully and thoughtfully constructed lyric. It's raw emotion filtered through a mind trained to think God's thoughts after him.
Brian Walsh probably has some pretty articulate things to say about Cockburn and this song because he's a bug fan.
That is such a helpful comment. Thanks so much. It helped me clarify my own reaction to the song.
As a huge Cockburn fan (I own 19 of his albums) I do have a bit of insight into this song.
But it is always better to know what the artist himself thinks, so here is a link to everything he has ever been known to have said publicly about the song.
By the way, couple of other lesser known things about Cockburn. God is said to be particularly fond of him in the book, "The Shack."
Bono of U2 fame, credits Bruce Cockburn as being a sort of Pastor figure to him. (Very loose paraphrase).
Where's a pint when you need one?!
Next time! ;)
you are a king-dude! You saw the great BC! I'm sure he'd have stopped for a chat if he'd seen you.
we need more nonviolence responses, not more rocket launchers
Some "Christian" types are so quick to jump down someone's throat on outward appearances or snap judgements.
Get past your Biblical catch phrases and look more deeply at the human condition!