Editor's note: From the soundtrack of the movie "Goin' Down The Road" (1970)
January 1971: "A polite voice from out of the slight gloom of the War Memorial Auditorium in Guelph, Ontario, about tenth row centre, asks for a request. "Sing something from your movie," the voice calls, belonging, you can make it out, to a boy in his late teens. "From Goin' Down The Road, if you would." It's been the same request for the last six months, and Cockburn, alone on a stool in the spotlight, looks patient. "I'm sorry," he says into his microphone in a soft and final voice. "I don't sing those songs. When I wrote them, I wrote them to express the point of view of the people in the movie. It isn't my point of view. It isn't me. So, you know, I can't sing them here." - from "From Bruce Cockburn to Youth - A Very Private Message" by Jack Batten, Macleans, January 1971. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.
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