Album Notes: 1 "Lappish runes" - Lapp Shamans covered their drums with striking magical symbols which were used to divine, contact spirits, etc. 2 "English River" - River system in north-western Ontario, polluted Reid paper company. Nobody's doing much about the fact that the native people who live along its course have lost both food and livelihood, as well as being poisoned because of the contaminated fish.
1986: "Somebody once commented to me that they found this song 'politically offensive', whatever that means." - from "All The Diamonds" songbook, edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.
July-November 1995 - "Gavin used to be my father-in-law. He and his wife (who used to be my mother-in-law) lived in a 2 storey log house which he had built himself near Ottawa. That house, and my parents', were the main bases from which we travelled during the 1st half of the '70's. The song was a gathering of images and emotions focussed around what might be called "transcendental wood chopping". The themes are common ones in my stuff, because they are the dominant ones in what I see around me - the failure of human responsibility, our destruction of our natural habitat, a sort of claustrophobia resulting from expanding population, encroachment on the natural world, ever more regulation of one's personal space - the hope offered by faith." - from answers by Bruce Cockburn to questions asked by the Humans discussion list. July-November 1995. Submitted by Bruce Edwards.
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