Waiting For A Miracle

Bruce Cockburn - Waiting For A Miracle - 1987
Waiting For A Miracle – 1987 (2 cd)

RELEASE DATE: 1987
PURCHASE: iTunes | True North

* Denotes bonus tracks on Canadian CD version
+ New song

(Songs are linked to original album for lyrics)

Disc One:

1. Going to the Country (3:12)
2. Musical Friends* (2:54)
3. One Day I Walk (3:06)
4. It’s Going Down Slow (3:31)
5. Up on the Hillside* (3:00)
6. Feet Fall on the Road* (2:41)
7. Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long (from the film ‘Rumours of Glory’) (6:24)
8. All the Diamonds (2:40)
9. Burn (3:50)
10. Silver Wheels (4:41)
11. I’m Gonna Fly Someday* (4:02)
12. Vagabondage* (4:20)
13. Free to Be* (2:29)
14. Laughter (3:30)
15. Wondering Where the Lions Are (3:09)
16. Tokyo (3:28)
17. Fascist Architecture (4:04)
18. The Trouble with Normal (3:17)

Disc Two:

1. Rumours of Glory (from the film ‘Rumours of Glory’) (5:02)
2. The Coldest Night of the Year (3:58)
3. Wanna Go Walking* (2:52)
4. You Pay Your Money and you Take Your Chance (4:17)
5. Tropic Moon* (4:38)
6. Candy Man’s Gone*(4:06)
7. Lovers in a Dangerous Time (4:06)
8. If I Had a Rocket Launcher (4:59)
9. Making Contact* (3:46)
10. Peggy’s Kitchen Wall (3:42)
11. People See Through You (3:44)
12. Call it Democracy(3:50)
13. See How I Miss You*(4:01)

From Tierra del Fuego to Ungava Bay
The history of betrayal continues to today
The spirit of Almighty Voice, the ghost of Anna Mae
Call like thunder from the mountains — you can hear them say
It’s a stolen land

Apartheid in Arizona, slaughter in Brazil
If bullets don’t get good PR there’s other ways to kill
Kidnap all the children, put ’em in a foreign system
Bring them up in no-man’s land where no one really wants them
It’s a stolen land

Stolen land — but it’s all we’ve got
Stolen land — and there’s no going back
Stolen land — and we’ll never forget
Stolen land — and we’re not through yet

In my mind I catch a picture — big black raven in the sky
Looking at the ocean — sail reflected in black eye —
Sail as white as heroin, white like weathered bones —
Rum and guns and smallpox gonna change the face of home
In this stolen land…

If you’re like me you’d like to think we’ve learned from our mistakes
Enough to know we can’t play god with others’ lives at stake
So now we’ve all discovered the world wasn’t only made for whites
What step are you gonna take to try and set things right
In this stolen land

Stolen land — but it’s all we’ve got
Stolen land — and there’s no going back
Stolen land — and we’ll never forget
Stolen land — and we’re not through yet

January 1986 – Toronto, Canada

Also On:
Bruce Cockburn – Live
You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance
Rumours Of Glory – box set – disc 2

Look at them working in the hot sun
The pilloried saints and the fallen ones
Working and waiting for the night to come
And waiting for a miracle

Somewhere out there is a place that’s cool
Where peace and balance are the rule
Working toward a future like some kind of mystic jewel
And waiting for a miracle

You rub your palm
On the grimy pane
In the hope that you can see
You stand up proud
You pretend you’re strong
In the hope that you can be
Like the ones who’ve cried
Like the ones who’ve died
Trying to set the angel in us free
While they’re waiting for a miracle

Struggle for a dollar, scuffle for a dime
Step out from the past and try to hold the line
So how come history takes such a long, long time
When you’re waiting for a miracle

You rub your palm
On the grimy pane
In the hope that you can see
You stand up proud
You pretend you’re strong
In the hope that you can be
Like the ones who’ve cried
Like the ones who’ve died
Trying to set the angel in us free
While they’re waiting for a miracle

January 1986 – Managua, Nicaragua

Written by: Bruce Cockburn and Hugh Marsh

Also On:
Anything Anytime Anywhere
Rumours Of Glory – box set – disc 3



Album compilation by Bruce Cockburn and Bernie Finkelstein, with 2 new songs.

ALBUM INFO:

All songs written by Bruce Cockburn except Stolen Land which is written by Bruce Cockburn and Hugh Marsh.

All songs published by Golden Mountain Music Corp. (PRO Canada) except “Going to the Country” and “Musical Friends”, which is published by Bytown Music Ltd.( PRO Canada)

Traduction par Marcel Moussete

Album compilation by Bruce Cockburn and Bernie Finkelstein for True North Productions.

Compliation engineers: John Naslen, Gary Gray, Michael Duncan
Digital Mastering: Bob Ludwig, Masterdisk, N.Y.
Hugh Marsh appears courtesy of Duke Street Records

Cover Painting: Robert Davidson “Raven Bringing Light to the World”
Photography: George Whiteside
Design Art Direction: Bart Schoales