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Southland of the Heart (Bruce Cockburn)

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Ian HP 18 Nov 01 - 01:10 PM
GUEST 18 Nov 01 - 01:27 PM
GUEST,greasy joe 20 Nov 01 - 04:36 PM
Fortunato 21 Nov 01 - 02:30 PM
GUEST,raybow 25 Apr 11 - 07:49 PM
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Subject: Southland Of The Heart (Bruce Cockburn)
From: Ian HP
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 01:10 PM

Canadian Bruce Cockburn has written a beautiful song called 'Southland Of The Heart' which I am beginning to learn. I don't understand the reference to 'southland'. (The song refers to "The southland of the heart where night blooms perfume the breeze / Lie down, take your rest with me".) Is it a particular Canadian or North American reference?


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Subject: RE: Southland Of The Heart (Bruce Cockburn)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 01:27 PM

It's a reference to Alabama, where everyone in the USA wants to live...*grin*


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Subject: RE: Southland Of The Heart (Bruce Cockburn)
From: GUEST,greasy joe
Date: 20 Nov 01 - 04:36 PM

would anyone like to give the *real* answer?


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Subject: RE: Southland Of The Heart (Bruce Cockburn)
From: Fortunato
Date: 21 Nov 01 - 02:30 PM

It seems to me to be a metaphor. A comparison of the warm, loving center of the heart to a a warm evening in the southern USA, where the scent of magnolias perfumes the night air. It could be in Mobile, Alabama, or Savannah, GA., etc.


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Subject: RE: Southland of the Heart (Bruce Cockburn)
From: GUEST,raybow
Date: 25 Apr 11 - 07:49 PM

I would like to believe that using the term "Southland" is an analogy for being "down" in the heart, or saddened. This is not a comparison to the Southern USA, but to the term "south" meaning "down". By listening to the lyrics and overall feel of the song, I think Bruce is referring to the sadness of the heart...I could be wrong...usually am...but that's how I have it!


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