Bruce Cockburn - If I Had a Rocket Launcher Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn Stealing Fire cover art
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Here comes the helicopter, second time today
Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
How many kids they've murdered only God can say, hey
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I'd make somebody pay

I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I would retaliate

On the Rio Lacantun, one hundred thousand wait
To fall down from starvation, or some less humane fate
Cry for Guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I would not hesitate

I want to raise every voice, at least I've got to try
Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a ***** would die

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Lovers in a Dangerous Time
  • 2 Maybe the Poet
  • 3 Sahara Gold
  • 4 Making Contact
  • 5 Peggy's Kitchen Wall
  • 6 To Raise the Morning Star
  • 7 Nicaragua
  • 8 If I Had a Rocket Launcher
  • 9 Dust and Diesel


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Bruce Cockburn
    album: Track 8 in album Stealing Fire
    release date: 1984
    popularity : 74 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Classic Rock
    producer: Kerry Crawford and Jon Goldsmith
    Album Information
    label: True North Records
    country(area): Canada
    format: CD
    script: Latin