Cockburn, Bruce - Badlands Flashback Lyrics

Mon corps se pence
Ma main s'entends
Prends du gravier
Un morcean blanc de coquille

Pour un instant
Un mugissement
L'antique mer
Rempli cet espace qui a ete le mien

Lozanges mobiles
Des herbes flottantes
Un cri soudain
D'oiseau flamboie au firmament

Une troupe d'antilopes
Traverse l'horizon
Sabots scintillants comme du verre

Un rire sonne comme le cristal
Dans le ciel vide
Quelqu'un danse comme une flamme

[English translation:]

The body stoops
The hand goes out
Picks up from the gravel
A fragment of white seashell

For a moment
A roaring
The ancient sea
Fills the space that just now was mine

Moving diamond-shapes
Grasses flowing
The sudden cry of a bird
Blazes all along the sky

A herd of antelope
Crosses the horizon
Hooves scintillating like glass

A laugh rings like crystal
In the empty sky
Someone is dancing like a flame

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Cockburn, Bruce Badlands Flashback Comments
  1. Brent Fleming

    Its funny I was in Toronto in 1979 >Then i went back to the states. . funny. i was born of GOD in 80. thebn heard Bruce also knew Him> very interesting.

  2. Phil bell

    Ed Sheeran sells millions and the genius of Bruce Cockburn goes largely unnoticed. Go figure.

  3. Pierre Yves Chillier

    Il fait référence à Blaise Cendrars…un Suisse de La Chaux-de-Fonds

  4. Phil bell

    Chills down the spine every time I hear this.

  5. limestonegoth

    Pandora just played this song for me, and I stopped what I was doing to sing along, after all these years. I love that album.

    Chasity Fincher

    I have an incredible "accidental French" lyrical conundrum from this tune...

  6. fred dread

    Dude was a pacifist genius

  7. Raymo Mull

    My favourite BC song

  8. Richard Smyth

    YES! The rest of the album...

  9. Peter Bruce

    I am new to Bruce Cockburn. This song is exquisite - are then any others in his catalogue that come close to this?


    Many! Check out a collection of his instrumental work "Speechless", each one is exquisite as well. Peace.

    Mary-Beth Hallen

    yeah, the rest of the alblum!!

    john allore

    You can't go wrong with Bruce.