"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" as written by and Bruce Cockburn....
Don't the hours grow shorter as the days go by
We never get to stop and open our eyes
One minute you're waiting for the sky to fall
The next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

These fragile bodies of touch and taste
This fragrant skin, this hair like lace
Spirits open to the thrust of grace
Never a breath you can afford to waste

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

When you're lovers in a dangerous time
Sometimes you're made to feel as if your love's a crime
Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

We were lovers in a dangerous time
We were lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers, lovers, lovers
Oh
Lovers in a dangerous time


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"Lovers in a Dangerous Time" as written by Bruce Cockburn

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  • +2
    General CommentNothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
    Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight

    if you love someone....fight for them!
    stephaneenon April 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, it's better than Bruce Cockburn's orignal, which is pretty good. Cockburn hated their cover at first cuz he thought they were making fun of the song but he likes it now.

    This song is about a couple in a war zone (most likely Nicaragua in the 1980's because Cockburn went on a trip this during this time to help out those in need of aid. This song appeared on a Bruce Cockburn album, which dealt largely with issues in Central America at this time).
    River Wolfon September 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI tend to take the song much more literally - that it actually is about two people who fell in love during a war, and the knowledge that they might die any day now makes them appreciate the world that much more. Also, they want to make the most of the world while they're there - carpe diem, if you will. Put beside the fact that they have to fight for everything they have right now, it seems almost a crime that something that makes them so happy doesn't have to be fought for.
    Hwestaon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'One minute you're waiting for the sky to fall
    The next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all'

    I think this song is kind of about contrasts: love and life which is beautiful, amongst a world on the verge of disaster: nuclear warfare, terrorism, disease and the list goes on and on... One feels like this world might end any second. But it's also about the awe of love and being alive, even amongst all this disaster.

    Beautiful song!
    clover25on March 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a thinly veiled commentary on society's rejection of homosexual relations. The line "you're made to feel as if your love's a crime" references the illegalization of homosexuality in many of the world's (mostly Islamic) countries.
    Wearygigapeton October 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my all time favorite song with a somewhat jaded message. Some people say this song is about the AIDs crisis, but it is really a lot more tamer than that. It is about two adolecent kids in 8th or 9th grade who are not afraid to show their feelings for each other in front of their peers and elders. The lyric 'got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight' is talking about how they refuse to let the world just remain as it is and they want to change it.
    TonyRo2on July 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song always makes me just look at my generation as a whole. I'm 15 and my generation just seems like its caught up in a world of anti-depressants and angst. We're the prozac nation, it's obvious. Everywhere I turn, my friends are confession depression and saying they don't like their lives. To feeling anything close to love is extremely dangerous, people tell us we're too young to know love or to get wrapped up in anything like it. We have to fight to keep our relationships. I doubt this is what BNL means when they sing it *I know they didn't write it*, but it certainly hits home for me
    greyeyeson September 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWith all due respect to Bruce Cockburn, BNL took this song and added magic. It sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. The video is so simple and effective too. Driving in an open bed pickup through Scarborough neighbourhoods in the winter. It's just so inspired.
    JTPon March 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the whole song is about how screwed up people are in modern times. it's saying how nothing is safe or sacred anymore, not even love, so even lovers are in a dangerous time. i guess that's what its about
    epp88on May 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that the song can mean different things to different people. being so young, and in jr high and crap, it's such an odd age, and many people, like greyeyes said, say that we don't even kno what love is yet. it maked me think of those people who truley feel the love that we all kno we should feel, nowadays when everything is so screwed up. it's a truly beautiful song.
    MuSiCfReAk728on June 05, 2004   Link

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