Dancing in Paradise

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Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC ( /ˈkoʊbərn/ KOH-bərn; born May 27, 1945) is a Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter. His most recent album was released in March 2011. He has written songs in styles ranging from folk to jazz-influenced rock to rock and roll. more »


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Praying mantis on screen Canoes prowl reef in early morning sun 
As it flashes on the rhythmic fall of weed cutter's cutlass blade 
Everybody's got something to sell besides the obvious dollars and dope 
Aloe rub, starfish, vegetable patties, braid your hair miss and bush doctor cures 
Sudden angry eruption between aloe peddler and man with property to protect 
Muscular security guard with truncheon of twisted wire 
"Kiss my blood clot" she hisses and they're enemies for life 
In the beach front bar they're playing reggae versions of 
Jim Reeves' Greatest Hits 
The waitress sings along, eyes focused dreamily on that sentimental world and there's 
Dancing in Paradise... 
Blue green ship in turquoise bay
Swollen bauxite-red river rushing 
Stream rising from feathered bamboo hills 
Tracks once paved now falling away into deep lush valleys 
And the farmed-out road contracts pass through so many hands 
The print erodes with the weather-worn blacktop 
And the jungle's always trying to reclaim the right of way 
And the mangoes cacao turmeric goats soursop 
Mushrooms cane plantains limes Horses crayfish long-legged birds donkeys 
Curved horns of cattle above dense grass Ganja sensitive plant ackee 
And some thorn whose prick brings lockjaw 
And tires torn by sharp yellow rocks -- 
Young girl stares pensively from dark door in pale blue wall 
Big About and friends at their crossroads bar 
With its dirt corral for dancing Drink soursop juice all day long 
In quest of the perpetual stiff bamboo 
And there's Dancing in Paradise... 
Biggy Dread gunned down by police at 
Big Bridge March 16 Riding a mule cart to 
Sav-la-Mar pulled out a cutlass and they had to shoot That's what they say 
Something tells me they like to shoot 
Something in the eyes of the ones at the road block 
Where they searched the car and tried to get us to confess to whatever... 
There's truncheons and gas down in Harbou

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