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Pacing The Cage
Written by: Bruce Cockburn
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Beach House on the Moon (1999)

Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it's pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like you've lived too long
The days drip slowly on the page
And you catch yourself
Pacing the cage

I've proved who I am so many times,
The magnetic strip's worn thin
And each time I was someone else
And everyone was taken in.
Powers chatter in high places
Stir up eddies in the dust of rage
Set me to pacing the cage.

I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything.
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
It's as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you'll wind up
Pacing the cage

Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can't see what's round the bend.
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend.
Today these eyes scan bleached-out land,
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage…

Shows Played At:
06-24-2003: DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
04-19-2003: AM South Amphitheatre – Nashville, TN
04-17-2003: HiFi Buys Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
04-29-2000: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
04-25-2000: Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
04-20-2000: Coors Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
04-18-2000: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
04-13-2000: Starplex Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
12-07-1999: Compaq Center – Houston, TX
11-30-1999: Ice Palace – Tampa, FL
09-02-1999: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-26-1999: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08-19-1999: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-24-1999: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
07-22-1999: New World Music Theatre – Tinley Park, IL
07-17-1999: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
07-13-1999: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07-10-1999: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
07-08-1999: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
06-17-1999: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-15-1999: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
06-10-1999: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-08-1999: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-05-1999: E Center – Camden, NJ
06-03-1999: E Center – Camden, NJ
06-01-1999: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
05-29-1999: North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
05-28-1999: Today Show – New York, NY
10-25-1997: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
Number of Shows: 29