Bruce Cockburn - If I Had A Rocket Launcher

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Music video by Bruce Cockburn performing If I Had A Rocket Launcher.

"If I Had a Rocket Launcher" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, from his 1984 album Stealing Fire.

The song was inspired by Cockburn's visit, sponsored by Oxfam, to Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico following the counterinsurgency campaign of dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. Although Cockburn had occasionally touched on political themes in his earlier songs, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" was his first explicitly political song to be released as a single, and earned him a new reputation as an outspoken musical activist.

Although the song received considerable airplay on Canadian radio in early 1985, many radio stations played an edited version which faded out before the "son-of-a-bitch" lyric was heard. The song failed to reach the national Top 40, peaking at No. 49 on the Canadian charts in the week of March 9, 1985. It did, however, reach the Top 40 in some individual markets — for example, it peaked at No. 24 on the CHUM Chart in Toronto.

The song also reached No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States. It was Cockburn's only single besides "Wondering Where the Lions Are" to reach the Top 100 in that country.
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