Waiting for a Miracle

At the Edmonton Folk Music Festival this year, Bruce Cockburn participated in a session stage called ‘Heroes’ (I can’t remember who all the other participants were, but one of them was Tim O’Brien). Bruce said that most of the heroes he knew were ordinary people, and he talked about travelling in Central America and watching people going out to work in the fields on sweltering hot days, thinking of the poverty that many of them lived in and their hope that the future would be better. Then he sang this song, and I realized that gradually, over the years, without me noticing it happen, this has become one of my favourite Bruce Cockburn songs.

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