Lovers In a Dangerous Time (Live)

In the mood for something beautiful?  Take a moment and let the beauty wash over you.  Here to help are the Barenaked Ladies with one of my all-time favorites, Lovers In a Dangerous Time.

Lyrics and credits, below.  Enjoy!

Don’t the hours grow shorter as the days go by
You never get to stop and open your eyes
One day you’re waiting for the sky to fall
The next you’re dazzled by the beauty of it all
When you’re lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

These fragile bodies of touch and taste
This vibrant skin — this hair-like lace
Spirits open to the thrust of grace
Never a breath you can afford to waste
When you’re 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
When you’re lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
And we’re lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

[“Lovers In a Dangerous Time,” by Bruce Cockburn.  Original release:  Stealing Fire, 1984.]

Video posted to youtube by user bana76

25 thoughts on “Lovers In a Dangerous Time (Live)

    1. Hi Rich,
      I’m usually something of a purist when it comes to music, especially with my favorites, and tend to dislike covers. The BNL do such a wonderful job of this one that I like it as much as Cockburn’s original. Isn’t the writing amazing? The music and the lyrics; altogether magical.
      Thanks for stopping by, Rich, always lovely to see you :).


  1. Josh Wrenn

    This is on my playlist. (I think, I know I tried to add it.) BNL gets a lot of hate from some of my musician friends and I don’t get it. It isn’t their fault that their biggest hits have been funny songs. They are really great and even their funny songs are awesome. And this cover by them is one of the few times I like the cover better. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I’ve noticed that too and it’s mystifying. Maybe it’s because they make their talent seem so effortless? They do have a great sense of humor. Apparently, in their earlier days they were asked why they chose their name BNL. They replied: We wanted to get more attention and what gets more attention than BNL? Now that it’s been successful we can’t change it and it’s a bit embarrassing!
      It’s not often the cover is as good or better than the original, especially with respect to a musician like Bruce Cockburn.
      I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Josh! Thank you for stopping by :).

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  2. I remember the first time I actually heard (and saw) Barenaked Ladies. Very late ’90s at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit down at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. All acoustic concert. Even Metallica.
    Easier to hear the artistry, the craftsmanship, the pure music when you don’t have to deal with wah-wah peddles and weapons-grade feedback.
    And I love to hear covers of my favorite songs. Kind of gives a touching piece of work a different perspective that sometimes actually works. Maybe not as well as the original, but different is not always worse. It can turn out that way, but that’s not by definition.
    Thanks for sharing this.


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    1. Hi, Harris! That must have been an amazing concert. Neil Young is another favorite of mine.
      You’re absolutely right about acoustic shows — the true art and craftsmanship shine through the music. There’s nowhere to hide.
      That’s a really good point about a cover offering a different perspective. Maybe I’ll try it more often :).
      Thanks for sharing your insights and experiences. I know I’m not the only one who enjoys your concert stories!


  3. Hey there, Danica. I had never heard Bruce Cockburn’s song covered before. As other responders have said, there are those who do not like BNL. I fall into that camp of BNL rubbing me the wrong way, the way Dave Matthews Band does. I think of the term “quirky” to describe them both even though I appreciate both bands have immensely talented musicians and they certainly love to play their music. I just don’t feel it. That said, I really like “What a Good Boy”. Probably because it was used in an episode of Homicide. I am still open to hearing their songs and maybe something someday will click. I do not hold the same hope in my disliking of Billy Joel. Thanks as always for presenting musical leaps of fancy!

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    1. Hi Andrew,
      It’s true, BNL isn’t for everyone. Interesting that you mention Dave Matthews Band — I like them better live in concert than I do listening to their albums.
      Thanks for bringing up “What a Good Boy”. Very nice choice that I haven’t heard in a while. I didn’t know it was used in an episode of Homicide. Do you happen to remember which one?
      Thanks for stopping by, Andrew :).


      1. And interesting you bring up Dave Matthews in concert because I saw him recently in a South Africa benefit for Miriam Makeba and he was amazing. Maybe I would like him as a solo singer. I don’t know. And the episode was from season 3 I think, the thanksgiving episode when Kellerman is new to the force and he stays in the precinct over the holiday picking apart the apple with toothpicks in it shaped like a turkey as he does every year. And he sits in his chair, feeling sorry for himself, as the cleaning woman tells him not to stay too long. Happy Turkey Day she says. And the opening strains of the song What a Good Boy come in.
        I appreciate your generous invitations, Danica.

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        1. That must have been a great concert! I’ll look for that episode. Homicide was so well done with a lot of attention to detail. A well-chosen soundtrack adds a lot to the script.
          Thanks, Andrew.


            1. I found some concert footage on youtube — what an incredible show! I watched Homicide on DVD, pretty much one episode after another. They’d be worth watching again, especially with more attention to the soundtrack.


    1. I’m happy that you like this one, Stephen. Nice choice with the studio version and one I haven’t heard in a while. I should go find it :). Thanks for stopping by. It’s very nice to see you.


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