Songs You May Have Missed #432

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Barenaked Ladies: “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” (1997)

Barenaked Ladies have plenty of their own compositions deserving of recognition here. But their cover of fellow-Canadian Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” is one that shouldn’t be missed. In fact, they make this tune their own to such a degree that you could say it defines the band as much as any of their original songs.

Props, of course, go to Cockburn for writing a powerful lyric about love and its accompanying terrors and ecstasies. But it took BNL to put across the full measure of that power.

In 2005 “Lovers…” was named the 11th greatest Canadian song of all time on the CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.

I don’t know if it was written with this in mind, but it seems this would make a fitting anthem for LBGT rights…

This, by the way, is the original 1997 B-side version–superior, in my opinion, to the slightly more polished take which appeared on their 2001 Greatest Hits compilation.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2012/08/02/songs-you-may-have-missed-158/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/03/27/songs-you-may-have-missed-374/

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