Bruce Cockburn is sufficiently Canadian that his name may ring no bells. But I think If I Had a Rocket Launcher made a few waves back in the day and may jog a memory. He’s an interesting guy, and this is a nice, lilting melodic song about wanting to kill people.
Cockburn (rhymes with “flow-burn”) is Christian, political, a dazzling (mostly acoustic) guitarist, and a decent singer and songwriter, with a pleasing throaty baritone. He’s been doing it for a long time; when I was the part-time University stage manager forty years ago, I put him on several times, and every show was a highlight.
When you’re listening to a Cockburn tune or watching a video, zone in for a moment and focus on the guitar playing; there is a lot happening, all the time, fast and graceful and with odd harmonies shooting off in all directions. One of the shows I managed Bruce was hurting pretty bad with the flu, but The Show Must Go On, and during the encore, he kind of lost it, got down on his knees at the front of the stage with an electric guitar and ripped out this howling electric firestorm; not exactly what the audience was expecting but I bet they all remember that evening; I sure do. While we’re on the subject, here’s Cockburn playing some acoustic blues on a National Steel guitar, oh my those chords.
Now, as for If I Had a Rocket Launcher, what can I say? There are a lot of places right now in the world where if I were one of the poor brown people getting killed, if I had one I would too. Except for I can’t sing or play guitar nearly as well.