Gospel of Bondage Song Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn Big Circumstance cover art
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Tabloids, bellowing raw delight
Hail the return of the Teutonic knights
Inbred for purity and spoiling for a fight
Another little puppet of the New Right

See-through dollars and mystery plagues
Varied detritus of Aquarium Age
Shutters on storefronts and shutters in the mind
We kill ourselves to keep ourselves safe from crime
That's the gospel of bondage

We're so afraid of disorder we make it into a god
We can only placate with state security laws
Whose church consists of secret courts and wiretaps and shocks
Whose priests hold smoking guns and whose sign is the double cross

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 If a Tree Falls
  • 2 Shipwrecked at the Stable Door
  • 3 Gospel of Bondage
  • 4 Don't Feel Your Touch
  • 5 Tibetan Side of Town
  • 6 Understanding Nothing
  • 7 Where the Death Squad Lives
  • 8 Radium Rain
  • 9 Pangs of Love
  • 10 The Gift
  • 11 Anything Can Happen


  • credits


    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Bruce Cockburn
    album: Track 3 in album Big Circumstance
    release date: 1988
    popularity : 83 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Country
    length: 5:47
    producer: Jon Goldsmith
    engineer: John Naslen
    composer: Bruce Cockburn
    lyricist: Bruce Cockburn

    Album Information

    label: True North Records
    country(area): Canada
    format: CD
    script: Latin