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Bruce Cockburn

If I Had a Rocket Launcher (5:00)

If I Had a Rocket Launcher is a song by 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 military torture 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…

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If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher

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