Bruce Cockburn — Last Night Of The World
Album: Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:40
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I'm sipping Flor De CaƱa and lime juice, it's three a.m.
Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass
The radio's playing Superchunk and the Friends of Dean Martinez

Midnight it was bike tires whacking the pot holes
Milling humans' shivering energy glow
Fusing the space between them with bar-throb bass and laughter

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

I learned as a child not to trust in my body
I've carried that burden through my life
But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?
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 Cynaera wrote:
I still love this song, this CD, and this artist.  Maybe now, for different reasons, since so much has changed for me in a few short months - but I love the idea of pondering the last night of the world, and wondering how I'd spend it.  So many things I still haven't done and probably will never be able to do, but if it was in my power to make it happen, what would I do?  I'd love to share a glass of champagne with a precious soul, whether it was my best friend or my brother.  Of course, I'd also love to swim in the ocean, climb a 300-foot tower and take pictures, learn to ride a horse, and see Norway, Finland, and Scotland for the first time, and Montréal again. 

This song makes me rethink how I'm living my life, and what better accomplishment can an artist have than to impact a listener's perception enough to make them want to make changes?  Bumped this song to 10.

 
Ha! {#Yes} Just bumped this song from a 9 to a most definite 10 myself.  I would like to spend the last night of the world with Cynaera.  RIP dear Anne. {#Sunny}
snow falling night in December, singing and reading the lyrics of this fabulous piece of music, the end of a year of absolute misery for me, and yet... a new year will begin soon, new hope and strength, growth and joy coming a great deal from artists like Bruce Cockburn, and from you fantastic people
Peace
If true love is falling in love with your significant other every time you see them, then this song falls into that category for me. {#Hearteyes}
the theme of my life
for the time of our life
together
Oh stop it you guys!  You're making it hard for me to get any work done!  :)  #RadioParadiseRoll
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
love it.

Sir Winston Churchill on champagne:

- In victory, we deserve it

- In defeat, we need it

Works for me...

 
celebrate or medicate 
 bagpipe wrote:
Bummer! Firefox crashed right in the middle of the Bruce Cockburn song! Song was done by the time it came back up   .....     {#Frown}

 
The iPhone/iPad app is free, i guess the Android, too, and offers now a much better listening experience than the website. 
Love this tune.
Bummer! Firefox crashed right in the middle of the Bruce Cockburn song! Song was done by the time it came back up   .....     {#Frown}
Sometimes BC just hits the mark...this is one of them...thank you for playing BC...

Cm
 TerryS wrote:

Poets strive for this:-

I'm sipping Flor De Caa* and lime juice, it's three a.m.
Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass
The radio's playing Superchunk and the friends of Dean Martinez 
Midnight it was bike tires whacking the pot holes
Milling humans' shivering energy glow
Fusing the space between them with bar-throb bass and laughter 
If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you? 
I learned as a child not to trust in my body
I've carried that burden through my life
But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose 
If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you? 
I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open 
If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

 

 

Ps Flor de cana is my favorite rum.



 

 A Mr. Richard Vader from Fort Lee, New Jersey writes in to ask, "Florida Canyon Lime Juice;  what the heck is that?"  

"I didn't even know Florida has a canyon?  If it's in Florida, and it's a canyon, it's called a lake."

"And, they grow limes in it?"

"Wait.  What? Oh!  Flor de Cana is a rum?  Never mind."   To your point, Terry S, I wish I could write like that.   
Songs don't get much better then this one.
Cheers All!  

love this beautiful gut wrencher  

("I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open" 

then BC the artist writes this timeless poem, love it : )
Soulful lyrics
love it.

Sir Winston Churchill on champagne:

- In victory, we deserve it

- In defeat, we need it

Works for me...


 12stepgazette wrote:
I always forget how much I like Bruce Cockburn (and Ray La Montaigne also) until I hear them on RP - what a great radio station!

 
A great station, indeed!
Think Positive!

Peace and Joy throughout 2015 folks 
This song is like the movies they no longer make in Hollywood.
This song is so beautiful it makes me cry.
Yay for Bruce and Yay for Superchunk!
 
I always forget how much I like Bruce Cockburn (and Ray La Montaigne also) until I hear them on RP - what a great radio station!

Poets strive for this:-

I'm sipping Flor De Caa* and lime juice, it's three a.m.
Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass
The radio's playing Superchunk and the friends of Dean Martinez 
Midnight it was bike tires whacking the pot holes
Milling humans' shivering energy glow
Fusing the space between them with bar-throb bass and laughter 
If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you? 
I learned as a child not to trust in my body
I've carried that burden through my life
But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose 
If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you? 
I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open 
If this were the last night of the world
What would I do?
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you?

 

 

Ps Flor de cana is my favorite rum.


A little Bruce every now and then is great.

I saw him in both his acoustic and electric phases.  He was great.

During the acoustic concert at Univ. of Western Ontario in London, you could hear a pin drop during the quiet moments.   
This is a wonderful song.
Made buying this album worthwhile
Easy listening. I like.
bass
 Cynaera wrote:
I still love this song, this CD, and this artist.  Maybe now, for different reasons, since so much has changed for me in a few short months - but I love the idea of pondering the last night of the world, and wondering how I'd spend it.  So many things I still haven't done and probably will never be able to do, but if it was in my power to make it happen, what would I do?  I'd love to share a glass of champagne with a precious soul, whether it was my best friend or my brother.  Of course, I'd also love to swim in the ocean, climb a 300-foot tower and take pictures, learn to ride a horse, and see Norway, Finland, and Scotland for the first time, and Montréal again. 

This song makes me rethink how I'm living my life, and what better accomplishment can an artist have than to impact a listener's perception enough to make them want to make changes?  Bumped this song to 10.

 
10 for the beauty of the writer
Stopped to listen this twice now.
 

msymmes wrote:

Never stopped to listen to this.  {#Beat}

 


May you find 'the straw that breaks you open.'
My favorite apocalypse song ... champagne with you ... {#Cheers}
always a favorite

Never stopped to listen to this.  {#Beat}
What an amazingly fine little tune. Perfect hook, beautifully mixed, and makes ya' cry every goddamn time. I'll give it a 10.
 martinc wrote:
Miss your song comments
 
Agreed, although it's hard not to feel a little sad reading that one.   : (
 Cynaera wrote:
I still love this song, this CD, and this artist.  Maybe now, for different reasons, since so much has changed for me in a few short months - but I love the idea of pondering the last night of the world, and wondering how I'd spend it.  So many things I still haven't done and probably will never be able to do, but if it was in my power to make it happen, what would I do?  I'd love to share a glass of champagne with a precious soul, whether it was my best friend or my brother.  Of course, I'd also love to swim in the ocean, climb a 300-foot tower and take pictures, learn to ride a horse, and see Norway, Finland, and Scotland for the first time, and Montréal again. 

This song makes me rethink how I'm living my life, and what better accomplishment can an artist have than to impact a listener's perception enough to make them want to make changes?  Bumped this song to 10.
 
Miss your song comments
Quality recording techniques, full spectrum sound

with a great song !
Love the lyrics......
{#Daisy}
If, for some God-awful reason, I learn of my own 'last night of the world' before it happens (like hit by a truck or something...), Bruce will be a part of it, to be certain. Probably with "I'm Gonna Fly Some Day" or "The End of All Rivers". 
 Forest267 wrote:
First thought was Warren Zevon?
 

Second thought was Choctaw Bingo
On listening to the lyrics for the first time:  7  ==>  9
First thought was Warren Zevon?
 isocky wrote:
Every time I hear the completely illiterate line, "What would I do that was different, unless it was champagne with you?"  I get irritated.
 
You need to get out more.

 isocky wrote:
Every time I hear the completely illiterate line, "What would I do that was different, unless it was champagne with you?"  I get irritated.
 
I suppose life can't always be perfect. At least he didn't end the sentence with a preposition. {#Daisy}
Some songs take years to take hold, maybe it's a snapshot of your life at that time, maybe old memories.  Some just grab you immediately , this was one of those songs for me.  I love it and always will.  Nice job Bruce.

isocky:

"Lighten up, Francis"  art does not follow rules and that is part of what makes it good.
Bruce always makes me feel good...or sad...or angry.  Illiterate?  Au contraire.
 isocky wrote:
Every time I hear the completely illiterate line, "What would I do that was different, unless it was champagne with you?"  I get irritated.
 
{#Eh}

Missing something here. Illiterate?  Me thinks you are being a bit touchy.

Every time I hear the completely illiterate line, "What would I do that was different, unless it was champagne with you?"  I get irritated.


Definitely one of Bruce's best. Just saw him last Thursday with his full band on his "Small Source of Comfort" tour. It was quite a good show and @ 65 Bruce is as sharp as ever. Hope RP gets the Small Source of Comfort album in soon.