83. Pacing the Cage by Bruce Cockburn

“Pacing the Cage” by Bruce Cockburn (Click here to listen)

Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it’s pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like
you’ve lived too long
Days drip slowly on the page
You catch yourself
Pacing the cage
I’ve proven who I am so many times
The magnetic strip’s worn thin
And each time I was someone else
And every one was taken in
Hours chatter in high places
Stir up eddies in the dust of rage
Set me to pacing the cage
I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
It’s as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you’ll wind up
Pacing the cage
Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can’t see what’s ’round the bend
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend
Today these eyes scan bleached-out land
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage
Pacing the cage

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bruce Cockburn
Pacing the Cage lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Carlin America Inc


Like the previous song, the lyrics of “More to Life” convey the seeking for more that leads the true seeker to look for solace amidst the ordinariness of life.  When one realises that power, popularity, wealth and all of the other worldly things that people strive for, are not ultimately satisfying. Perhaps Jesus might sing this as a sermon, but perhaps it is based upon personal experience prior to his revelation at his baptism.

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