January 1971: "Before I got into songwriting, I didn't think I had anything to say. But a poet in Ottawa named Bill Hawkins encouraged me to try writing. He's an amazing guy. Once he was named Young Man of the Year by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and actually he was completely subversive of everything the Chamber of Commerce stood for. I started by writing the music for his lyrics, and then I tried both words and music myself. My first was a rock n' roll thing called, 'Baby, You're Not Leaving Me Out, Baby, I'm Heaving You Out.' It was about as terrible as it sounds." - from "Bruce Cockburn To Youth - A Very Private Message" by Jack Batten, Macleans, January 1971, pp 36-39. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.
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