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Bruce Cockburn - Speechless - 2005

Speechless

Bruce Cockburn - Speechless - 2005
Speechless – 2005

RELEASE DATE: September 25, 2005
PURCHASE: iTunes | True North

Instrumental

Original release 1973 & 2005

Production Notes:
Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Taken from the True North Album Night Vision
Produced by Eugene Martynec and Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at Thunder Sound, Toronto between February and May 1973
Engineered by Bill Seddon

Instrumental

circa July 1992 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Taken from the True North Album Dart To The Heart
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Recorded at Bearsville NY, March 1993
Engineered by Joe Schiff
Mixed by Glyn Johns at Narnham Lodge Farm England

Instrumental

released 1976 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Taken from the True North Album In The Falling Dark
Produced by Eugene Martynec
Recorded at Eastern Sound, Toronto between September and November 1976
Engineered by Ken Friesen

Instrumental

New release 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
New recording
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Recorded and mixed by Colin Linden
Recorded at Chapel of Shadows, Canada, June 2005
Mixed at Pinhead Recorders, Toronto

Instrumental

released 1996 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Gary Burton Vibes
Taken from the True North Album The Charity Of Night
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Recorded at Reaction Studios, Toronto, Summer of 1996
Mixed at Kingsway,New Orleans
Recorded and mixed by John Whynot

Instrumental

(“To Knock About the World”) — released 1974 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Jack Zaza Clarinet
Taken from the True North Album Salt, Sun and Time
Produced by Bruce Anthony and Eugene Martynec
Recorded at Thunder Sound, Toronto between May and August, 1974
Engineered by Bill Seddon
Mixed at Manta Sound, Toronto by Leo de Carlo

Instrumental

released 1974 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Taken from the True North Album Salt, Sun and Time
Produced by Bruce Anthony and Eugene Martynec
Recorded at Thunder Sound, Toronto between May and August, 1974
Engineered by Bill Seddon
Mixed at Manta Sound, Toronto by Leo de Carlo

Instrumental

released 1973 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Taken from the True North Album Night Vision
Produced by Eugene Martynec and Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at Thunder Sound, Toronto between February and May 1973
Engineered by Bill Seddon

Instrumental

1999 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar and bells
George Koller Bass
Ben Riley Drums
Previously available only in Japan — [on the Japanese edition of 1999’s Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu]
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Recorded and mixed by John Whynot
Recorded at Reaction Studios, Toronto, 1999
Mixed at Sound City, Los Angeles -)

Instrumental

April 29, 1989 – St. Louis

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Taken from the True North Album Dart To The Heart
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Recorded at Bearsville NY, March 1993
Engineered by Joe Schiff
Mixed by Glyn Johns at Narnham Lodge Farm England

Instrumental

released 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
New recording
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Recorded and Mixed by Colin Linden
Recorded at Chapel of Shadows, Canada, June 2005
Mixed at Pinhead Recorders, Toronto

Instrumental

April 1990 – Mississauga, Canada

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitars
Edgar Meyer Bass
Booker T. Jones Organ
Michael Blair, Ralph Forbes Percussion
Mark O’Connor Mandolin
Taken from the True North Album Nothing But A Burning Light
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Production Assistant Joe Henry
Engineered and mixed by Pat McCarthy
Recorded at Ocean Way, Hollywood CA between May and July 1991

Instrumental

1999 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
George Koller Bass & Dilruba
Rick Lazar Percussion
Taken from the True North Album Breakfast In New Orleans Dinner In Timbuktu
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Recorded and mixed by John Whynot
Recorded at Reaction Studios, Toronto, 1999
Mixed at Sound City, Los Angeles

Instrumental

Released September 2005 (written circa 1999)

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar, Tibetan bowl, Navajo flute and baritone guitar
New recording
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Recorded and Mixed by Colin Linden
Recorded at Chapel of Shadows, Canada, June 2005
Mixed at Pinhead Recorders, Toronto

Instrumental

released 1971 & 2005

Production Notes:

Bruce Cockburn Guitar
Taken from the True North Album Sunwheel Dance
Produced by Eugene Martyne
Recorded at Thunder Sound, Toronto between September and December 1971
Engineered by Bill Seddon



Bruce Cockburn’s first instrumental album featuring 3 brand new recordings and one track previously only available in Japan.

Album Info:

Compilation produced by Bruce Cockburn & Colin Linden

Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

All songs written by Bruce Cockburn ©Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)

Art Direction, Design and Layout by A Man Called Wrycraft, Toronto

Photography by Kevin Kelly

Angel with accordion, light on wood floor photographs by Michael Wrycraft

Direction:
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 1W5
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* Brand new recordings
-) Previously available only in Japan
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Bruce Cockburn - Life Short Call Now - 2006

Life Short Call Now

Bruce Cockburn - Life Short Call Now - 2006
Life Short Call Now – 2006

RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2006
PURCHASE: iTunes | True North

Billboards promise paradise
And tattoos “done while you wait”
Possible futures all laid out
On the sweeping curve of the interstate

Got no city, got no land
Got no lover, got no wife
How many ways to say goodbye
Can one man fit in a nomad life?

Life short-call now

Lone car waxes, then it wanes
Leaves only voices in the hall
And in the room next door to mine
The bed is banging on the wall

You’ve no idea how I long
For even one loving caress
For you to step into my heart
Without deception or duress

Life short-call now

April 1, 2003 – Montreal

Met a mercenary once
Pushing lethal steel
Wanted me to watch his back
While he did his deal

He must have been a loser
Or he wouldn’t have looked to me
But I have to say, I liked the thought
Of living that guilt-free
Watching the way the women walk
Makes me think of you
And all my sins and all my stalkers
Affect me that way too
The pain on the horizon
Can’t sink me in sorrow
‘Cause I know I’m going to be
Seeing you tomorrow

O–see you tomorrow
See you tomorrow
See you tomorrow

Look at that big fat full moon
Hanging in the night
When I feel it calling me
The shackles seem to bite
These chains of flesh are sour and sweet
But these we must explore, oh
I know I’m going to feel complete
When I see you tomorrow

O–see you tomorrow
See you tomorrow
See you tomorrow

December 12, 2005 – Kingston

Also On
Slice O Life – 2009

You can’t tell me there is no mystery
Mystery
Mystery
You can’t tell me there is no mystery
It’s everywhere I turn

Moon over junk yard where the snow lies bright
Snow lies bright
Snow lies bright
Moon over junk yard where the snow lies bright
Can set my heart to burn

Stood before the shaman, I saw star-strewn space
Star-strewn space
Star-strewn space
Stood before the shaman, I saw star strewn space
Behind the eye holes in his face

Infinity always gives me vertigo
Vertigo
Vertigo
Infinity always gives me vertigo
And fills me up with grace

I was built on a Friday and you can’t fix me
You can’t fix me
You can’t fix me
I was built on a Friday and you can’t fix me
Even so I’ve done okay

So grab that last bottle full of gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Grab that last bottle full of gasoline
Light a toast to yesterday

And don’t tell me there is no mystery
Mystery
Mystery
And don’t tell me there is no mystery
It overflows my cup

This feast of beauty can intoxicate
Intoxicate
Intoxicate
This feast of beauty can intoxicate
Just like the finest wine

So all you stumblers who believe love rules
Believe love rules
Believe love rules
Come all you stumblers who believe love rules
Stand up and let it shine
Stand up and let it shine

April 20, 2004 – Montreal

Also On
Rumours Of Glory box set – disc 7 – 2014

There’s a knot in my gut
As I gaze out today
On the planes of the city
All polychrome grey
When the skin is peeled off it
What is there to say?
The beautiful creatures are going away

Like a dam on a river
My conscience is pressed
By the weight of hard feelings
Piled up in my breast
The callous and vicious things
Humans display
The beautiful creatures are going away

Why? Why?

From the stones of the fortress
To the shapes in the air
To the ache in the spirit
We label despair
We create what destroys,
Bind ourselves to betray
The beautiful creatures going away

October 25, 2004 – Montreal

Also On
Rumours Of Glory box set – disc 7 – 2014

Instrumental
L ron N ron every kind of ron con
Neocon old con got to put the brakes on
Slow down fast

Lights out veins plugged zap it with another drug
Genejacker pharma thug say hello to superbug
Slow down fast

Shills and hawkers and rockers with walkers
Bombs in the lockers and brain dead mockers
Slow down fast

One-eyed sun leering through the haze
Hordes of loveless marching while the little drummer plays
Nail in the coffin rats in the maze
Dancing arm in arm towards the looming end of days
Got to slow down

Oil wars water wars tv propaganda whores
Fire alarm met with snores no one gets what’ gone before
Slow down fast

Flagwave hammer slave gonna be a close shave
Stay brave jump the grave got to save what we can save
Slow down fast

Got to slow down fast
Slow down fast
CSIS won’t you tell me what you’ve got on me?

January 9, 2006 – Kingston

Tell the universe what you’ve done
Out in the desert with your smoking gun
Looks like you’ve been having too much fun
Tell the universe what you’ve done

Tell the universe what you took
While the heavens trembled and the mountains shook
All those lives not worth a second look
Tell the universe what you took

You’ve been projecting your shit at the world
Self-hatred tarted up as payback time
You can self destruct-that’s your right
But keep it to yourself if you don’t mind

Tell the universe where you’ve been
With your bloodstained shoes and your dunce’s grin
Got to identify next of kin
Tell the universe where you’ve been

April 21, 2003 – Boston

Also On
Rumours Of Glory box set – disc 7 – 2014

Everything’s broken in the birthplace of law
As Generation Two tries on his tragic flaw
America’s might under desert sun
I saw her frightened eyes behind the muzzle of her gun

Uranium dust and the smell of decay
Sewage in the street where the kids run and play
Not enough morphine and not enough gauze
Firefight in darkness like snapping of jaws

This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad

You couldn’t see the blast-the morning was bright-
But some radiant energy flared up into the light
Like the sky throwing its hands up in a horrified dismay
Or the souls of the dead as they sped on their way

Carbombed and carjacked and kidnapped and shot
How do you like it, this freedom we brought
We packed all the ordnance but the thing we forgot
Was a plan in case it didn’t turn out quite like we thought

This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad
This is Baghdad

April 19, 2004 – Montreal

Also On
Rumours Of Glory box set – disc 7 – 2014

She said she wanted me
I had to let her know
It was never meant to be
And she had to let it go
She was pissed and hurting
But what was I supposed to do
I did not love her, but it’s
Different when it comes to you

Lamentations everywhere
All the colours turned to blue
Desperation laid her bare
She told me everything I could do
She told herself a story
That flat out wasn’t true
She made me feel sorry
But it’s different when it comes to you

I don’t want to go home tonight
I want to turn loose my lust
I want you to squeeze me tight
Do the things that we discussed
I bring you my broken self
With zero hidden from your view
I don’t usually do that but it’s
Different when it comes to you
I didn’t know I could do that, but it’s
Different when it comes to you

June 20, 2005 – Kingston

Endless silver
Wave forms crash in
Sea’s too big to fit in my brain [heart]
Nothings too big to fit in my heart

Seas come, seas go
Where they stood deserts flow
Time’s too big to fit in the brain
Nothing’s too big to fit in my heart

Spacetime strings bend
World without end
God’s too big to fit in a book
Nothings too big to fit in my heart

July 15, 2005 – Kingston



This is Bruce Cockburn’s 29th studio recording entitled LIFE SHORT CALL NOW. This beautiful album follows up 2005’s Speechless – Cockburn’s first-ever instrumental record. Life Short Call Now was recorded at Puck’s Farm outside of Toronto. It includes 12 Cockburn originals and features guest appearances from Ani Difranco, Ron Sexsmith, Hawksley Workman and Damhnait Doyle. Life Short Call Now was produced by JOHNATHAN GOLDSMITH who also produced Bruce Cockburn’s Stealing Fire in 1984. Several of these songs were written during and after Bruce Cockburn’s 2004 fact-finding mission to Baghdad. Some tracks feature Cockburn with a twenty-three piece orchestra which is a first for Bruce.

ALBUM INFO:
Produced by Jonathan Goldsmith
Recorded at National Treasures’ Studio, at Puck’s Farm, Schomberg Ontario
February 1 to February 25, 2006
Engineered by Jeff McMurrich
Assisted by Walter Sobzcak
Mixed at Phase One Studios, Toronto, Canada
March 5 to March 20, 2006
Engineered by Jeff McMurrich
Assisted by Greg Kolchinsky
Mastered by Greg Calbi
at Sterling Sound, New York, New York

All songs written by Bruce Cockburn
(c) Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)
except Tell the Universe written by
Bruce Cockburn, Julie Wolf, Ben Riley and Steve Lucas and
published by Golden Mountain Music Corp/six pounder music/Ben Riley/Steve Lucas

Photography by Kevin Kelly

Art Direction, design, layout, digital illustration (bullet through world)
and photography (phone on fire) by A Man Called Wrycraft, Toronto

Direction:
The Finkelstein Management Company, Ltd.
260 Richmond Street West, Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5V 1W5
PH: 416-596-8696
FX: 416-596-6861
e-mail: info@truenorthrecords.com
www.truenorthrecords.com
www.brucecockburn.com

The musicians are:
Gary Craig: Drums and Percussion
David Piltch: Acoustic and Electric Bass
Julie Wolf: Piano, Harmonium, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, B3, Accordion and Melodica
Jonathan Goldsmith: Celeste, Glockenspiel, Maikotron, Prepared Piano, Piano on Mystery, and Fender Rhodes on Nude Descending a Staircase
Kevin Turcotte: Flugelhorn and Trumpet
Bruce Cockburn: Guitars and Vocals

Horns on Mystery:
David Buchbinder: Alto Horn
Kevin Turcotte: Alto Horn
Scott Suttie: Double Bell Euphonium
Paul Neufield: Sousaphone

Background Vocals:
Ron Sexsmith on Mystery
Hawksley Workman on Mystery and Slow Down Fast
Damhnait Doyle on Mystery, Life Short Call Now and Different When It Comes To You
Ani DiFranco on See You Tomorrow
Julie Wolf on Tell the Universe and To Fit In My Heart

String Orchestra:
Violas: Parmela Attariwala, Virginia Barron, Caroline Blackwell, Johnthan Craig, Steve Dann, Kathleen Kajioka, Jeewon Kim, Gary Labovitz, Teng Li, Nick Papadakis, Douglas Perry, Anna Redekip, Christopher Redfield, Angela Rudden, Beverly Spotton, Scott St. John, Josef Tamir, David Willms

Cellos: Maurizio Baccante, Roman Borys, Matt Bruceck, David Hetherington, John Marshman, Paul Widner, Winona Zelenka

Basses: Roberto Occhipinti, Charles Elliot

Score Preparation by Dan Parr
Strings Arranged and Conducted by Jonathan Goldsmith
Strings recorded by Jeff McMurrich at Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto on March 2 and 3, 2006
Assisted by Dennis Patterson and Pete Lawlor

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund).

Ani DiFranco appears courtesy of Righteous Babe Records
Ron Sexsmith appears courtesy of Warner Music Canada
Hawksley Workman appears courtesy of Isedora/Universal


Bruce Cockburn - Slice O Life - Live Solo - 2009

Slice O Life – Live Solo

Bruce Cockburn - Slice O Life - Live Solo - 2009
Slice O’ Life – Live Solo – 2009

RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2009
PURCHASE: itunes | True North

Songs are linked to original album for lyrics.
Songs marked with ** are new songs.
And ++ indicates stories about the songs.

Disc One

1. Intro – Applause (0:46)
2. World Of Wonders (5:59)
3. Lovers In A Dangerous Time (4:36)
4. Mercenary Story ++ (3:07)
5. See You Tomorrow (4:41)
6. Last Night Of The World (4:52)
7. How I Spent My Fall Vacation (6:17)
8. Tibetan Side of Town (6:29)
9. Pacing The Cage (5:05)
10. Bearded Folk Singer Story ++(1:17)
11. End Of All Rivers (5:47)
12. Soul OF A Man (4:20)

Disc Two

1. Wait No More (5:49)

The citys hungry
Hear that rumblin under ground
The citys hungry
Hear that rumblin under ground

You better think twice
Before you go downtown

Man on a park bench
Face in a paper sack
Man on a park bench
Face in a paper sack

Look at him flyin
Above those tall smoke stacks

River wrapped in concrete
Hills made to stand in chains ?
River wrapped in concrete
Hills made to stand in chains ?

Ain’t the city pretty
Shines like tear drops when it rains

The citys hungry
Hear that rumblin under ground
The citys hungry
Hear that rumblin under ground

My baby grabs me
She starts to dance around
She starts to dance around
She starts to dance around

Brooklyn, New York

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn

3. Put It In Your Heart (5:11)
4. Tramps In The Street Story ++ (1:27)
5. Wondering Where The Lions Are (4:49)
6. If A Tree Falls (6:08)
7. Celestial Horses (7:48)
8. If I Had A Rocket Launcher (5:57)
9. Child Of The Wind (4:41)
10. Tie Me At The Crossroads (3:45)

Soundcheck

It takes to long to think of things like leaving.
I’m happy where I am.
I don’t know where I am,
But the trains don’t go there anymore.

If you want to see me drop a line
I’ll catch it if I can
And give it back to you
And we won’t be lonely anymore,

Now can you see I’m sort of lost here?
With no idea where to go.
You know I’d send for you
But the trains don’t run here anymore.
No the trains don’t run here anymore.Brooklyn, New York

This song was co-written by Bill Hawkins

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn

12. Kit Carson – Soundcheck (4:53)
13. Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long (5:06)



Bruce Cockburn – Slice O Life / Live Solo – by Nick Jennings

The best live albums create the illusion of being there, witnessing an artist in a memorable performance. Bruce Cockburn has recorded three previous live recordings: Circles in the Stream (1977), Live (1990) and You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chance (1997), each critically acclaimed and featuring Cockburn in concert with a backing band. Now, the celebrated musician-activist delivers something new: his first-ever live solo album.

Recorded last spring (2008) over a series of dates in the northeastern United States and one in Quebec, Slice O Life is a double CD that showcases a cross-section of Cockburn’s finest songs and some of his most dazzling guitar work. The album, produced by longtime associate Colin Linden, also includes one new song, ‘City is Hungry,’ three tracks recorded at sound checks on the tour and some between-song banter that shows Cockburn to be both a quick wit and an engaging storyteller.

Slice O Life features such hits as Cockburn’s controversial ‘If I Had a Rocket Launcher,’ his classic ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’ and his breakthrough ‘Wondering Where the Lions Are,’ which he rightly quips may be the only song ever to make the Billboard chart that includes the word ‘petroglyph.’ Originally recorded with a full band, these and other songs like ‘World of Wonders’ have been rearranged and performed on acoustic guitar—often with stunning results. In particular, the polyrhythmic solo on ‘Rocket Launcher,’ full of complex, cascading notes, is especially mesmerizing.

Besides the hits, the album recasts lesser-known songs such as ‘Wait No More’ and ‘Celestial Horses,’ both originally featured on Cockburn’s 2003 album You’ve Never Seen Everything, in a dramatic new light. The latter, full of slow, haunting reverb, now seems like an overlooked psych-folk masterpiece, while the former, played in a fast, bluesy drone on a Dobro guitar, takes on a compelling urgency. Similarly on ‘Tibetan Side of Town,’ Cockburn’s single guitar conveys a full, rich accompaniment—fluid, jazzy treble notes and Big Bill Broonzy-style droning bass notes—for his vivid tale of sensory nights in Katmandu.

Cockburn has often cited the influence of the blues on his music, especially the work of country-blues pioneers like Mississippi John Hurt. The blues tinge shines through in several other performances on Slice O Life, including Cockburn’s gut-wrenching rendition of Blind Willie Johnson’s ‘Soul of a Man’ and ‘City is Hungry,’ an hypnotic urban blues number in which Cockburn warns “hear that rumbling underground/better think twice before you go downtown.”

Meanwhile, the sound checks and introductions to songs reveal another side of the award-winning artist. One sound check involves Cockburn jamming wildly on his 12-string guitar before segueing into ‘The Trains Don’t Go There Anymore,’ a rare track he co-wrote in the 1960s with Ottawa poet Bill Hawkins. Cockburn’s humor comes across in anecdotes about panhandlers who claim to know his music and a mercenary who once offered him a summer job as a gun-runner while he was a student at Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music.

Fortunately for us, Cockburn turned down the job and stuck with music. Over 35 years, the Ottawa-born musician has recorded almost as many albums while earning respect for his charitable and activist work. “My job is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper, in the pulling of notes out of metal,” Cockburn said when he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been the recipient of honorary degrees in Letters and Music from several North American universities, including Berklee and Toronto’s York University. His many other awards have included the Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement in Italy and 20 gold and platinum awards in Canada.

As a songwriter, Cockburn is revered by fans and musicians alike. His songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Elbow, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, the Skydiggers, Anne Murray, Third World, Chet Atkins, k.d. lang, Barenaked Ladies, Maria Muldaur and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. As a guitarist, he is considered among the world’s best. The New York Times called Cockburn a “virtuoso on guitar,” while Acoustic Guitar magazine placed him in the esteemed company of Andrés Segovia, Bill Frisell and Django Reinhardt. With Slice O Life, all of Cockburn’s formidable gifts are on full display. ~ Nick Jennings

Album Info:

Liner Notes written by Bruce Cockburn:

Over the years, several live CD’s have come out with my name on them. For purely circumstantial reasons, they been recordings of me with bands I’ve had at the time. I’ve liked this, because each band has been unique and interesting, and it’s felt good to have some of the performances preserved and made available to listeners who might not have heard them in person.

Those CDs have been well received, but there have always been people requesting a solo live album. Since half of what I do is solo, this made sense. So here it is. Sorry it took so long.

These performances are drawn from ten concerts recorded in May ’08. We’ve made an effort to put them together as one show, in the hope of giving you the feeling of being present in the flesh. For the same reason, we chose not to apply too much polish. What you hear is what it was.

We recorded all the sound checks as well as the shows. Out of these we captured songs and some random playing which turned out quite well but never ended up in the formal events. Bernie Finkelstein had the thought that we should create a section of the album to accommodate some of these. I liked this idea, and so as well as the concert, you’ll hear “the sound check.” (Maybe someday we’ll do a whole CD of sound check stuff.)

I think that’s all I need to tell you. Thanks are due to Bernie, Colin Linden, Jon Erickson, Steve Martin and Joshua Dick for making both the tour and the recording happen, and to all the promoters and venues involved, whose cooperation was crucial.

A special thank you to Linda Manzer for her guitars.

Hope you enjoy this little slice of the touring life!


Production:

Produced by Colin Linden
Recorded Live between May 14 and May 25 at Northhampton MA,
Boston MA, Ithaca NY, Rochester NY, Sellersville PA,

Recorded by Colin Linen & Jon Erickson

Mixed by Colin Linden
at Kampo Studio C New York & Pinhead Recorders, Toronto
Assisted by Jonathan Altschuler

Mastered by Greg Calbi at sterling Sound, New York New York

Photography by Joel Goldberg &Kiarash Sadigh
Courtesy of Riddle Films Inc.

Art direction, design, layout & video stills selected by
A Man Called Wrycraft www.wrycraft.com

Colin Linden thanks Janice Powers, Pat Dellett, Roma Baran
Ethan Coen, Greg Calbi, Brian “Brain” Harrison,
Jeff long at Long & McQuade Music-Toronto, John Whynot

All songs written by Bruce Cockburn.
Published by Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)
Except: Silhouettes written by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay Jr. published
by Regent Music Corp., Soul Of A Man written by Blind Willie Johnson
/arrangement by Bruce Cockburn published by Golden Mountain Music
Corp. and The Trains Don’t Run Here Anymore written by
Bruce Cockburn & William Hawkins and published by Bytown Music.

We acknowledge the finacial support of the Government of Canada
through the Canada Music Fund for this project.

Tour Management and Front of House Sound: Jon Erickson
Bus Driver: Jon Glas Bus Supplied by Haljoe Coaches

US Agents and good friends:
Steve Martin and Joshua Dick at The Agency Group New York.

Direction:
The Finkelstein Management Company
137 Berkeley Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 2X1
PH: 416-596-8696 ex 222
FX: 416-596-6861
bernie@finkelsteinmanagement.com
www.finkelsteinmanagement.com

www.brucecockburn.com / www.truenorthrecords.com
© Bruce D. Cockburn Ent.under exclusive license to High Romance Music Inc.
Marketed and Distributed by True North Records. All Rights Reserved. Made in Canada.
www.truenorthrecords.com


Discography

Albums / CDs – Reverse Chronologically

Bone On Bone - Bruce Cockburn
Bone On Bone – 2017
Bruce Cockburn - Rumours of Glory box set
Rumours of Glory – box set – 2014
Small Source of Comfort - 2011
Small Source of Comfort – 2011
Bruce Cockburn - Slice O Life - Live Solo - 2009
Slice O Life – Live Solo – 2009
Bruce Cockburn - Life Short Call Now - 2006
Life Short Call Now –     2006
Bruce Cockburn - Speechless - 2005
Speechless –
2005
Bruce Cockburn - You've Never Seen Everything - 2003
You’ve Never Seen Everything – 2003
Bruce Cockburn - Anything Anytime Anywhere - 2002
Anything Anytime Anywhere – 2002
Bruce Cockburn -Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner In Timbuktu - 1999
Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner In Timbuktu – 1999
Bruce Cockburn - You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance - 1998
You Pay Your Money & You Take Your Chance – 1998
Bruce Cockburn - The Charity Of Night - 1997
The Charity Of Night –
1997
Bruce Cockburn - Dart To The Heart - 1994
Dart To The Heart –
1994
Bruce Cockburn - Christmas - 1993
Christmas –
1993
Bruce Cockburn - Nothing But A Burning Light - 1991
Nothing But A Burning Light – 1991
Bruce Cockburn - Live - 1990/2002
Live –
1990 / 2002
Bruce Cockburn - Big Circumstance - 1988/2005
Big Circumstance –
1988 / 2005
Bruce Cockburn - Waiting For A Miracle -1987
Waiting For A Miracle –
1987
Bruce Cockburn - World Of Wonders - 1986
World Of Wonders –
1986
Bruce Cockburn - Rumours Of Glory - 1985
Rumours Of Glory –
1985
Bruce Cockburn - Stealing Fire - 1984 / 2003
Stealing Fire –
1984 / 2003
Bruce Cockburn - The Trouble With Normal - 1983 / 2003
The Trouble With Normal – 1983 / 2003
Bruce Cockburn - Inner City Front - 1981/2002
Inner City Front –
1981 / 2002
Bruce Cockburn - Mummy Dust - 1981
Mummy Dust –
1981
Bruce Cockburn - Resume -1981
Resume –
1981
Bruce Cockburn - Humans  - 1980/2003
Humans –
1980 / 2003
Bruce Cockburn - Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws - 1979 / 2002
Dancing In The Dragon’s Jaws – 1979 / 2002
Bruce Cockburn - Further Adventures Of - 1978/2002
Further Adventures Of –
1978 / 2002
Bruce Cockburn - Circles In The Steam - 1977 / 2005
Circles In The Stream – Live – 1977 / 2005
Bruce Cockburn - In The Falling Dark - 1976 / 2002
In The Falling Dark –
1976 / 2002
Bruce Cockburn - Joy Will Find A Way - 1975
Joy Will Find A Way –
1975
Bruce Cockburn - Salt, Sun And Time - 1974
Salt, Sun And Time –
1974
Bruce Cockburn - Night Vision - 1973
Night Vision –
1973
Bruce Cockburn - Sunwheel Dance - 1971 / 2005
Sunwheel Dance –
1971 / 2005
Bruce Cockburn - High Winds White Sky - 1971 / 2003
High Winds White Sky – 1971 / 2003
Bruce Cockburn - 1970
Bruce Cockburn –
1970



The complete Bruce Cockburn album catalog is available in multiple digital formats (mp3-alac-flac) as well as individually by song or album, bundled and on cd. Follow the link from the album page to True North purchase page, or use this link to True North Label Store.

Bruce’s music on iTunes.


Small Source of Comfort

2011- Small Source of Comfort
Small Source of Comfort

RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2011
PURCHASE: itunes | True North

Crossed the border laughing
never know what to expect
they wanted to know what church I’m in
and what things I collect
they’re trying to plug holes in the hull
while flames eat up the deck
the captain and his crew
don’t seem to get the disconnect

Passing through the iris of the world
Passing through the iris of the world

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
on a boulder by the shoulder
the paint will likely outlive
both the feeling and the holder
in the age of Global Warming
when all things are growing colder
it’s beautiful the writer
opened up his heart and told her

Passing through the iris of the world
Passing through the iris of the world

I’m good at catching rainbows
not so good at catching trout
I’m good at blowing holes in things
and ranting in self doubt
I’ve got a way with time and space
but numbers freak me out
I’ve mostly dodged the dogmas
of what life is all about

Passing through the iris of the world
Passing through the iris of the world

I’m talking in strange voices
to myself the way I do
the road under the half moon sky
rolls out in shades of blue
I’m raw anticipation
of our rhythmic rendezvous
loving the gift of the loving I get
and the loving I give to you

Passing through the iris of the world
Passing through the iris of the world

November 1, 2009 – Camden East

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, Guitar, Sansula
Jenny Scheinman – Violin, Harmonies
John Dymond – Acoustic Bass
Gary Craig – Drums, Percussion

My name was Richard Nixon only now I’m a girl
you wouldn’t know it but I used to be the king of the world
compared to last time I look like I’ve hit the skids
living in the project with my two little kids
it’s not what I would of chose
now you have to call me Rose

I was boss of bosses the last time around
I lived by cunning and ambition unbound
the suckers said they’d stand behind me right or wrong
as if they thought that hubris was the mark of the stong
I was an arrogant man
but now I’ve got it in hand
it’s not what I would have chose
now you have to call me Rose

call me Rose
call me Rose it’s not what I would have chose
now you have to call me Rose

My name was Richard Nixon only now I’m a girl
you wouldn’t know it but I used to be the king of the world
I’m back here learning what it is to be poor
to have no power but the strength to endure
I’ll perform my penance well
maybe the memoir will sell
it’s not what I would of chose
now you have to call me Rose

January 19, 2005 – Montreal

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, 12 String Guitar
Jenny Scheinman – Violin
Colin Linden – Mandolins, Hammertones
Celia Shacklett – Harmonies John Dymond – Bass
Gary Craig – Drums, Percussion

Instrumental

Musicians:
BC – Guitar
Gary Craig – Drums

She strides across the blacktop
low-sun lit, golden
radiance is a woman
all women
all life

She turns her gaze to the window
daylight on her eyes
radiance is a woman
all women
all life

She laughs into her headset
like silver bells moonslashed
radiance is a woman
all women
all life

December 7, 2009 – Camden East

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, Guitar
Gary Craig – Drums
Jenny Scheinman – Violin
Tim Lauer – Accordian

Knots in my muscles, too much traffic in my mind
traffic in my mind, traffic in my mind
knots in my muscles, too much traffic in my mind
it was five fifty-one, gray light creeping through the blind

Small source of comfort, dawn was breaking in the air
breaking in the air, breaking in the air
small source of comfort, dawn was breaking in the air
you don’t take these things for granted when you think of
what’s in need of repair

Out on the sidewalk there was diesel on the breeze
diesel on the breeze, diesel on the breeze
out on the sidewalk there was diesel on the breeze
they’re always getting away with something when they
think there’s no one there to see

Middle of the night cops came kocking on my door
knocking on my door, knocking on my door
middle of the night cops come knocking on my door
still don’t know what my neighbor went and called them for

Knots in my muscles, too much traffic in my mind
traffic in my mind, traffic in my mind
knots in my muscles, too much traffic in my mind
it was five fifty-one, gray light creeping through the blind

March 2008 – Brooklyn

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, 12 String Guitar, Harmonica
Gary Craig – Drums
Colin Linden – Slide Electric Baritone Guitars, Harmony

The dichotomy of being a sentient being
driving away, driving away

Angel in the heart lost out this time
driving away, driving away

The calamity of seeing, and fleeing the sight
driving away, blue as the night

Driving away, blue as the night
mustang, lizard, mud and light
blood and diamonds, fight or flight
right?

The picture of the world that’s coming clear
driving away, driving away

The things you never thought your ears would hear
driving away, driving away

The ashes of a heart drift past the lights
driving away, blue as the night

Driving away
Blue as the night
Mustang, lizard, mud and light
Blood and diamond, flight or flight

© Bruce Cockburn and Annabelle Chvostek, 2007

winter 2007 – Montreal

Musicians:

BC – Vocal, Guitar, (right side)
Gary Craig – Drums
John Dymond – Acoustic Bass
Annabelle Chvostek – Guitar (left-side), Duet Vocal

Instrumental

Musicians:
BC – Bariton Guitar
Gary Craig – Drums, Percussion
Jenny Scheinman – Violin
Colin Linden – Bass

Horses in the meadow by the highway side
and a Church of Christ in a double-wide
clouds overhead are ghostly gray
it snowed a little but it didn’t stay

Red-winged blackbird on a mileage sign
ghost town gutted like a dried-up mine
stark faces in the windows of a speeding train
we love our blindness and we love our pain

Standing by the lake sucking poison mist
lungs clenched tight like an angry fist
picking at sores in the hope they heal
hungry and harrowed and caught in the wheel

I feel these serpents of desire
ripple my skin like ropes of fire
all I ever wanted, all along,
was to be the “you” in somebody’s song

Seven dances for the spirits
running a race, running a race
seven dances for the saints
running a race, running a race
looking for the stillness in the womb of space
Boundless
Boundless

The howling wind, it sings to me
the sky looks troubled but I feel free
visions and feeling and ink on my hands
you can travel forever and never land

In the crashing chaos where stars are born
the strong get fed and the weak get torn
look at that cosmos eating its tail
circled like the lip of the holy grail

Seven dances for the spirits
running a race, running a race
seven dances for the saints
running a race, running a race
looking for the stillness in the womb of space
Boundless
Boundless

February 4, 2009 – Montreal

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, Guitar, Harmony, Chimes
Gary Craig – Drums, Percussion
John Dymond – Bass
Jenny Scheinman – Violin
Annabelle Chvostek – Mandolin, Harmony
Colin Linden – Harmony

My so-called buddy never called me back
called me back, called me back
my so-called buddy never called me back
I don’t know what to think about that

I coulda been croaking on the floor of my flat
floor of my flat, floor of my flat
I coulda been croaking on the floor of my flat
the bugger never called me back

Then again he could have troubles himself
troubles himself, troubles himself
then again he could have troubles himself
I better try him once more

He could be going through a bitter divorce
bitter divorce, bitter divorce
he could be going through a bitter divorce
or a quadruple bypass

Maybe his mother ran afoul of the law
afoul of the law, afoul of the law
maybe his mother ran afoul of the law
you never know with that gang

He coulda slid into a society scene
society scene, society scene
he coulda slid into a society scene
and left his old friends behind

My so-called buddy never called me back
called me back, called me back
my so-called buddy never called me back
I don’t know what to think about that
the bugger never called me back
I better try him once more

January 27, 2009 – Camden East

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, 12 String Guitar, Harmonica, Human Grunting Jug, Tibetan Cymbals
Gary Craig – Drums, Percussion
Jenny Scheinman – Violin
Colin Linden – Slide Guitars, Harmony
Celia Shacklett – Harmony

Instrumental

Musicians:
BC – Electric Resonator Guitar
Gary Craig – Drums
Jenny Scheinman – Violin

Under the big lights
shadows stretching long
the ramp is lowered gently to the tarmac
and all of us, we wait
in this sea of gravity
for the precious cargo to appear

Here come the dead boys
moving slowly past
the pipes and prayers and strained commanding voices
and the tears in our hearts
make an ocean we’re all in
all in this together don’t you know

You can die on your sofa
safe inside your home
or die in a mess of flame and shrapnel
we all in our time go
you know you’re not alone
you’re in the hearts of everybody here

Each one lost
is everyone’s loss you see
each one lost is a vital part of you and me

Some would have us bow
in bondage to their dreams
of little gods who lay down laws to live by
but all these inventions
arise from fear of love
and open-hearted tolerance and trust

Well screw the rule of law
we want the rule of love
enough to fight and die to keep it coming
if that sounds like confusion
brother think again
we know exactly what we chose

Each one lost
is everyone’s loss you see
each one lost is a vital part of you and me

September 13, 2009 – Camden East

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, Guitar, Harmony
Jenny Scheinman – Violin, Harmonies
Tim Lauer – Accordian
Colin Linden – Bass

Instrumental

September 13, 2009 – Camden East

Musicians:
BC – Guitar, Harmonica
Jenny Scheinman – Violin
Tim Lauer – Accordian
Colin Linden – Electric Guitar

Instrumental

Musicians:
BC – Guitar, Chimes
Gary Craig – Percussion

Silver rain sings dancing rhyme
sunlight on blue water
rocky shore grown soft with moss
catches all our laughter
and it sends it back without its edge
to strengthen us anew
that we may walk within these walls
and share our gifts with you

March 15, 1968 – Toronto

Musicians:
BC – Vocal, Baritone Guitar, Guitar



With a career that has spanned four decades producing an acclaimed body of work that has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, Bruce Cockburn continues to be revered by fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the most important songwriters of his generation.

Small Source of Comfort is Cockburn’s first studio album in six years — a rhythmic and highly evocative collection of 14 new tracks inspired by his renowned unusual and diverse muse — recent trips to Afghanistan and ponderings on the re–incarnation of Richard Nixon, to road trips and unreturned phone calls. The album boasts some of the best musicians recording today, including violinist Jenny Scheinman, former Wailin’ Jenny Annabelle Chvostek, and long time collaborators Gary Craig, Jon Dymond and producer Colin Linden.

As both a songwriter and a guitarist, Bruce Cockburn is considered among the world’s best. The New York Times called him a “virtuoso on guitar,” while Acoustic Guitar magazine placed him in the esteemed company of Andrés Segovia, Bill Frisell and Django Reinhardt. ~True North

Album Info:

Liner Notes (front) written by Bruce Cockburn:

“When the last studio album, Life Short Call Now, was released, I felt that it was time for something different. I had a vision of music, electric and noisy, with songs and jackhammers and fiercely distorted guitars. To pursue music like that, you need isolation. In the initial stages at least, there’s likely to be more noise than music. It’s important not to incite your neighbors to violent acts.

“As things turned out, these last few years have been spent hanging out in urban settings mostly; in apartments where sound travels, with only brief periods of solitude, mostly found doing long distance drives. As a result, what’s come out is a collection of folkier, acoustic guitar songs and pieces. Just goes to show, you just never know…”

Final page – written by Bruce Cockburn:

Final page – “Thanks to the following, who helped shape the contents herein, whether they knew it or not… Aldo & Amy, Joe Boyd, Marc Bregman, Arjun Chainpure, Annabelle Chvostek, Guy Clarkson, John Cockburn, the late Lois Cockburn, sundry Corporate Scumbags (the same ones who shape everything else in the world), Louise DesRoches, En Soph, MJ Hannet, Ang Lee, Gavin Lee, Linda Manzer, Gen. Walt Natynczyk, the late Richard Nixon, Ledy Nevas, the NYPD, Lisa Sullivan, the US Dept. of Homeland Security, Julie Wolf”

Song Notes – written by Bruce Cockburn:

The Iris Of The World (Camden East 11/01/09) – “I did a lot of driving between Kingston, Ontario and Brooklyn, NY. Not to mention many other places. Me and peak oil and love.”

Call Me Rose (Montreal 19/01/05) – “Woke up one morning with these words pretty much fully formed in my head. Why? Indeed? Something to do with power and responsibility. What would it take to REALLY rehabilitate, not just the image (as the Bush folks tried to do), but the soul of Richard Nixon?”

Bohemian 3-Step – “Jenny Scheinman and I were approached about putting together a demo with respect to creating a score for a major Hollywood film. In the end, the director didn’t like our ideas, but we had a lot of fun working on it. This piece was composed by me, but was heavily influenced by the stuff Jenny was coming up with.”

Radiance (Camden East 12/07/09) – “I read an interview with Jungian psychologist Marion Woodman in which she made a reference to the Divine Feminine representing the radiance which pervades the cosmos. I liked the image. Then, driving down the road at sunset, I saw the first verse unfold.”

Five Fifty-One (Brooklyn 3/08) – “Brooklyn…”

Driving Away (Montreal, winter 2007)– “One day Annabelle Chvostek called me wondering if I’d be interested in writing a song with her. I haven’t done much co-writing over the years. I thought why not? I knew Annabelle was good and it seemed timely to try it. She had a lot of the lyrics and the music for the verses already. Later on we wrote another one…”

Lois On The Autobahn – “To the afterlife, that is… The music was inspired by a piece of Jenny’s. Lois is my late mother.”

Boundless (Montreal 04/02/09) – “This is the other song Annabelle and I wrote together. This time I had much of the verbiage in bits and pieces. The road…goes from here to eternity…”

Called Me Back (Camden East 27/01/09) – “Everybody’s too damn busy these days…”

The Comets Of Kandahar – “Among many exciting things encountered during a short trip to Afghanistan was the sight of jet fighters taking off after dark. The planes themselves invisible, there was only the roar and the glowing purple cone of tailpipe flame shooting across the sky. People would stop and watch. A Canadian soldier who stood next to me said, ‘the comets of Kandahar.'”

Each One Lost (Camden East 13/09/09) – “On the way into Kandahar Airfield from Ottawa, our little group spend a few hours at Camp Mirage, a Canadian staging base in the Middle East. As we were about to board our next plane, we found ourselves part of a Ramp Ceremony, honouring the remains of two young Canadian Forces members who had been killed that day and were being sent home. One of the saddest and most moving scenes I’ve ever been privileged to witness…this song is dedicated to the memory of Major Yannick Pépin and Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin.”

Parnassus And Fog – “San Francisco magic and mystery”

Ancestors – “Live, I’ve been playing the singing bowl part myself. In the studio, Gary Craig was there to do that. More bowls, more good…”

Gifts (Toronto, 15/03/68) – “Way back when, I used to close my shows with this song. Never seemed right to record it until now.”


Produced by: Colin Linen
Recorded & mixed by: John Whynot
Additional recording by: Colin Linden
Assisted by: Aaron Holmberg, Nyles Spencer, Albertao Gonzales

Recorded at The Bathhouse, Bath, Ontario
and Pinhead Recorders, Nashville,TN
Mixed at the legendry Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA

Thanks to Jeffery Wood, Janice Powers, Bernie breen, Sharon Agnello

Mastered by: Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

All songs written by Bruce Cockburn and published by Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)
except Driving Away and Boundless which are written by Bruce Cockburn and Annabelle Chvostek
and published by Golden Mountain Music Corp. and Annabelle Chvostek (SOCAN)

Photography by : Kevin Kelly Photography
www.kevinkellyphotography.com

Art Direction, design & layout by : A Man Called Wrycraft
www.wrycraft.com

Translation: Marcel Moussette & Jane Macaulay

Direction:
The Finkelstein Management Company
137 Berkeley Street, Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5A 2X1
PH: 416-596-8696 ex 222
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Bruce Cockburn - Rumours of Glory - box set

Rumours Of Glory – box set

Bruce Cockburn - Rumours of Glory - box set
Rumours of Glory -box set – 2014

RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2014
PURCHASE: Amazon | True North

There are 9 cds in this box set which is a companion to Bruce’s memoir Rumours of Glory. There is also a DVD – Bruce Cockburn Live – The Slice O Life Tour filmed during 3 shows.

Songs are linked to original album for song lyrics.

DISC 1:
1. The Charity Of Night
2. If A Tree Falls
3. Man Of A Thousand Faces
4. One Day I Walk
5. Let Us Go Laughing

In the circle of your arms
I could have set the sun in silver
And made for you a ring so fine
If we had grown together, babe
We might have made it to the sea-shore
And left this muddy river far behind
Ah, but I couldn’t find the key
That would unlock these chains of mine
And my songs were not complete enough to sing
I could only feel your music one line at a time
And there’s no chance for a bird without wings

If only I had read
The meaning that your eyes held
As they shone like diamonds burning in the dawn
But the raindrops in my own
Changed the colour of the sky
And I just sat and helplessly looked on
So I’ll go on worshipping my world of faded dreams
Though the church bells are of lead and will not ring
And to those who try to tell themselves I’m more than what I seem
I say, What good is a bird without wings?

7. Thoughts On A Rainy Afternoon
8. Sunwheel Dance
9. Foxglove
10. Going To The Country
11. It’s An Elephant World
12. You Don’t Have To Play The Horses
13. Creation Dream
14. Shining Mountain
15. Hills Of Morning
16. Change Your Mind
17. He Came From The Mountain
18. Musical Friends

DISC 2:
1. Fall
2. Blues Got The World
3. Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long
4. All The Diamonds In the World
5. Rouler Sa Bosse
6. Don’t Have To Tell You Why
7. Red Brother Red Sister
8. Gavin’s Woodpile
9. Stolen Land
10. Lord Of The Starfields
11. Silver Wheels
12. Little Sea Horse
13. Celestial Horses
14. Feast Of Fools
15. Can I Go With You
16. Wondering Where The Lions Are

DISC 3:
1. Incandescent Blue
2. How I Spent My Fall Vacation
3. What About The Bond
4. Fascist Architecture
5. Rumours Of Glory
6. You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance
7. All’s Quiet On The Inner City Front
8. Justice
9. Broken Wheel
10. The Trouble With Normal
11. Tropic Moon
12. If I Had A Rocket Launcher
13. Waiting For A Miracle
14. Dust & Diesel
15. Yangui Go Home
16. Nicaragua

DISC 4:
1. Peggy’s Kitchen Wall
2. Santiago Dawn
3. Maybe The Poet
4. Lover’s In A Dangerous Time
5. To Raise The Morning Star
6. People See Through You
7. Planet Of The Clowns
8. Berlin Tonight
9. Where The Death Squad Lives
10. Anything Can Happen
11. Call It Democracy
12. Gospel Of Bondage
13. Shipwrecked At The Stable Door
14. Radium Rain
15. Understanding Nothing

DISC 5:
1. Tibetan Side Of Town
2. Child Of The Wind
3. Great Big Love
4. One Of The Best Ones
5. Soul of A Man
6. Cry Of A Tiny Babe
7. Kit Carson
8. Indian Wars
9. A Dream Like Mine
10. Someone I Used To Love
11. All The Ways I Want You
12. Live On My Mind
13. Bone In My Ear
14. Listen For The Laugh

DISC 6:
1. The Mines Of Mozambique
2. The Coming Rains
3. Pacing The Cage
4. Night Train
5. The Whole Night Sky
6. Strange Waters
7. The Embers Of Eden
8. Get Up Jonah
9. When You Give It Away
10. Mango
11. Last Night Of The World
12. Use Me While You Can
13. Put It In Your Heart

DISC 7:
1. All Our Dark Tomorrows
2. Trickle Down
3. Postcards From Cambodia
4. You’ve Never Seen Everything
5. My Beat
6. Tried And Tested
7. Tell The Universe
8. This Is Baghdad
9. Mystery
10. Beautiful Creatures
11. The Light Goes On Forever

DISC 8:
RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Instrumental

Written in 2000

Musicians:
Keyboards: Janice Powers
Guitar: Bruce Cockburn

Production:
Produced Bruce Cockburn
Engineered Colin Linden
Recorded at Studio Pinhead Recorders, Toronto in 2000

Soundtrack from the film The Man We Called Juan Carlos.

Accept the gift of circumstance
No more careful stepping plans
Everything holds out its hand
Gonna hold you up and love you
Gonna hold you up and love you
Waterwalker

Water under, sky above
Creation as metaphor for love
Shed resistance like a worn out glove
Gonna hold you up and love you
Gonna hold you up and love you
Waterwalker

Got no power, got no fear
Anyone can do it can’t you hear
River crying loud and clear
Gonna hold you up and love you
Gonna hold you up and love you
Waterwalker

circa 1985

Musicians:
Hugh Marsh: Violin, Drum Programming
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Drum Programming, Vocal

Production
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Hugh Marsh

“Waterwalker” is from the soundtrack album of film of the same name. Waterwalker is a film by and about Canadian canoist/artist Bill Mason featuring beautiful cinematography of the Great Lakes region. Bruce composed the title song and about 32 minutes of instrumental music with Hugh Marsh.

Got to New York this mornin’, just about half-past nine
Got to New York this mornin’, just about half-past nine
Hollerin’ one mornin’ in Avalon, couldn’t hardly keep from cryin’

Avalon, my hometown, always on my mind
Avalon, my hometown, always on my mind
Pretty mama’s in Avalon, want me there all the time

When the train left Avalon, throwin’ kisses and wavin’ at me
When the train left Avalon, throwin’ kisses and wavin’ at me
Says, “Come back, daddy, stay right here with me”

Avalon’s a small town, have no great big range
Avalon’s a small town, have no great big range
Pretty mama’s in Avalon, they sure will spend your change

New York’s a good town but it’s not for mine
New York’s a good town but it’s not for mine
Goin’ back to Avalon, near where I have a pretty mama all the time

Written by Mississippi John Hurt

Note: These lyrics are from an online source not the Rumours of Glory Box Set liner notes

Musicians:
Janice Powers: Keyboard
Bruce Cockburn: 12-String Guitar, Harmonica, Vocal

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Engineered by Colin Linden
Recorded at Studio Pinhead Recorders, Toronto in 2001

Previously unreleased. Alternate version appears on the album Avalon Blues: A Tribute To The Music Of Mississippi John Hurt (Vanguard 79582-2, 2001)

4. Wise Users (7:23)

Hear me you business blackmailers
When I see what you’ve done to the wild
I feel like a man standing over
The corpse of his murdered child

Use it wisely
Use it wisely … go on
Reap your harvest, Wise Users
‘Til everything is gone

Haul the last fish from the ocean
Poison the beds where they spawn
Drag the last tiger to market
So some prick can stand tall in Taiwan

Use it wisely
Use it wisely … go on
Reap your harvest, Wise Users
‘Til everything is gone

And if you lay drunk in your wasteland
I’d take your wallet and spit right in your eye
No point in explaining this action
You’ll never get it ’til the day that you die

Use it wisely
Use it wisely … go on
Reap your harvest, Wise Users
‘Til everything is gone

If I gave you a gun with one bullet
For the honor left so far behind
Would you think what you’ve willed to your offspring
For nothing unto nothing consigned

Use it wisely
Use it wisely … go on
Reap your harvest, Wise Users
‘Til everything is gone

And yes, I believe there is beauty
And yes, I believe in truth
And in the seemingly infinite hunger
Of humans for destroying them both

Use it wisely
Use it wisely … go on
Reap your harvest, Wise Users
‘Til everything is gone

Written 1996 — released 1996 & October 2014

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn – Guitar, Vocal
Hugh Marsh – Violin

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn
Engineered by Colin Linden

Recorded at Studio Pinhead Recorders, Toronto 1996
From the album Honor: A Benefit For The Honor The Earth Campaign (Daemon 19012-2, 1996)

In the isle of Cape Breton my father did stay
And his father’s father before
Fishing the banks and digging for coal
From the mines that don’t give no more ore

And I’m goin’ down the road, boys
Seeking what I’m owed, boys
And I know it must get better
If far enough I go

I remember the fishing boats returning so gay
Their nets with the silver cod blessed
But they couldn’t compete with the company fleets
Now it’s welfare, relief, or go west

So I’m goin’ down the road, boys
Seeking what I’m owed, boys
And I know it must get better
If far enough I go

I came to the city with the sun in my eyes
My mouth full of laughter and dreams
But all that I found was concrete and dust
And hard times sold in vending machines

So I’m goin’ down the road, boys
Seeking what I’m owed, boys
And I know it must get better
If far enough I go

‘Cause I’m goin’ down the road, boys
Seeking what I’m owed, boys
And I know it must get better
If far enough I go

recorded 1995

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn – Guitar, Vocal

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at Studio Comfort Sound, Toronto in 1995
Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased.
Originally appeared on the soundtrack of the 1970 film Goin’ Down The Road, directed by Donald Shebib.

They turned their backs
I made it too hard
Every place they touched me
Is a laceration now

Sometimes a wind comes out of nowhere
And knocks you off your feet
And look, see my tears
They fill the whole night sky
The whole night sky

Derailed and desperate
How did I get here?
Hanging from this high wire
By the tatters of my faith

Sometimes a wind comes out of nowhere
And knocks you off your feet
And look, see my tears
They fill the whole night sky
The whole night sky

Sometimes a wind comes out of nowhere
And knocks you sideways
And look, see my tears
They fill the whole night sky
The whole night sky

June 27, 1994 – Cologne

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at Studio Comfort Sound, Toronto in1995

Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased Bruce Cockburn.
Final recorded version appears on the album The Charity Of Night (True North TNSD150, 1996). (Lyrics from this album)

(lyrics coming)

August 1995 – Halton Hills, ON

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at Studio Comfort Sound, Toronto in 1995

Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased.

See the scorpion’s eye
It glitters red
And the eagle’s spreading wings
They soar above

And the eyes of little dog
Are twinkling blue
And the shining snake is coiled up
Deep as love

And Orion’s song sung from so far away
Encoded in the dew and gleaming frost
Past where the clouds that clothe Andromeda
Float before the mouths of fishes paired

And turning five stars north of Great Bear’s paw
Set in the forehead of the Little Bear
The target of our flight is shining down
signaling the heart of everyone

1993 – 1995

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal

Production:
Engineered by John Naslen
Recorded at Studio Manta Sound, Toronto in 1993

Also On:
Previously released exclusively in Japan. From the album Mental Sound Sketches (Sony SRCL 2800, 1993), a tribute to Kenji Miyazawa.

(lyrics coming)

July 1995 – Halton Hills, ON

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at Studio Comfort Sound, Toronto in 1995

Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased.

Instrumental

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn
Engineered by Colin Linden

Previously unreleased. From the soundtrack of the 2001 film The Man We Called Juan Carlos, directed and produced by Heather MacAndrew and David Springbett for Asterisk Productions.

It takes to long to think of things like leaving.
I’m happy where I am.
I don’t know where I am,
But the trains don’t go there anymore.

If you want to see me drop a line
I’ll catch it if I can
And give it back to you
And we won’t be lonely anymore,

Now can you see I’m sort of lost here?
With no idea where to go.
You know I’d send for you
But the trains don’t run here anymore.
No the trains don’t run here anymore.

This song was co-written by Bill Hawkins.

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: 12-string Guitar, Vocal
Anne Davison: Cello

Production:
Produced by Ian Tamblyn
Recorded at Studio Happy Rock Studio, Chelsea

From the album Dancing Alone: Songs Of William Hawkins (True North TND519, 2008)

written by Gordon Lightfoot

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal
Colin Linden: Mandolin

Production:
Produced by Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Engineered by Bob Lanois
Recorded at Studio The Shack, Ancaster

From the album Beautiful: A Tribute To Gordon Lightfoot (Borealis/Northern Blues BCDNBM500, 2003)
Written by Gordon Lightfoot

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time of love, a time of hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late

written by Pete Seeger

Musicians:
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal
Steve Lucas: Bass
Ben Riley: Drums

Production:
Produced by Colin Linden
Engineered by Bob Lanois
Recorded at Grant Avenue Studio – Hamilton – 1998

From the album Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs Of Pete Seeger
Appleseed 1024, 1998

Lyrics from an online source.

(lyrics coming)

written by Mississippi Sheiks

Musicians:
Keith Lowe: Bass
Matt Chamberlain: Drums
Wayne Horvitz: Hammond Organ
William Carn: Trombone
Steve Dawson: Weissenborn, Electric Guitar
Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Vocal
Backing Vocals: Alice Dawson, Steve Dawson, Wayne Horvitz, Daniel Keebler, Keith Lowe and Carrie Robinson

Production:
Produced by Steve Dawson
Engineered by Cameron Nicklaus, Steve Dawson and David Travers-Smith
Recorded at Studio Avast! Recording Co., Seattle; The Henhouse, Vancouver; Found Sound, Toronto

From the album Things About Comin’ My Way: A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks (Black Hen BHCD0055, 2009)

DISC 9:
DVD Bruce Cockburn Live – The Slice O Life Tour
Directed by Joel Goldberg – Recorded May 15 – 17, 2008

Songs:

  1. Lovers In A Dangerous Time -x
  2. How I Spent My Fall Vacation -x
  3. Last Night of The World -x
  4. If I Had A Rocket Launcher -x
  5. Tokyo -+
  6. Tibetan Side Of Town -+
  7. The End Of All Rivers -+
  8. Going To The Country -*
  9. Pacing The Cage -*
  10. This Is Baghdad -*
  11. Stolen Land -*
  12. King Kong Goes To Tallahassee -x
  13. Child Of The Wind -x
  14. If A Tree Falls -x
  15. Wondering Where The Lions Are -x
  16. Mystery -x
  17. Put It In Your Heart -+
  18. World Of Wonders -+
  19. Wait No More -+

The shows recorded were:
x – The Iron Horse – Northhampton, MA
+ – Somerville Theatre – Boston,MA
* – Kulp Auditorium – Ithaca, NY

Some of this concert footage was also used in the documentary, Pacing the Cage.



Liner Notes by Nicholas Jennings

In his illuminating memoir, Rumours Of Glory, Bruce Cockburn writes: “My songs are influenced by what I read, where I travel and what I witness.” He adds: They’re not just about spirituality or “war, injustice and exploitation,” but “derive from life itself.”

If life is his inspiration, then Cockburn’s has certainly been rich, judging by the 117 songs in this box set. Written over nearly 50 years, with the earliest recording being 1966’s “Bird Without Wings,” they range from spiritual quests and romantic ballads to prickly protests and engaging travelogues drawn from first-hand experiences on five continents. Together, they form an enlightening audio companion to the memoir.

It’s fitting that the collection should open with “The Charity Of Night,” the title track from Cockburn’s 19th studio album. Although written in 1994, the song is one of his most reflective compositions, looking back over three different incidents in his life beginning with a disturbing encounter in Stockholm some 30 years earlier.

“Haunting hands of memory,” Cockburn sings in the chorus, “pluck silver strands of soul.” Few songwriters have plucked from their pasts so fearlessly, and with such “clarity of light.”

Having set the stage for a look back on Cockburn’s life in music, the collection – which was curated by the memoir and includes a bonus disc of rarities and a concert DVD of his 2008 Slice O Life tour – then presents the songs in the same order as they are mentioned or quoted in the book. Many of the tracks on the first disc reflect that period when Cockburn saw himself as “a spiritual loner who sought truth in nature.” There is plenty of searching in “Shining Mountain” and “Man Of A Thousand Faces,” while both “Creation Dream” and “Hills Of Morning” are expressions of the spirituality he had embraced by the late 1970s.

The turning point for Cockburn, as far as becoming a practicing Christian, is reflected in two key songs on the second disc. The first of them is the hymn-like “All The Diamonds In The World,” which Cockburn composed one night in 1973 after making his commitment to Christ. The other is the stirring “Lord Of The Starfields,” on which he sings “Universe Maker, here’s a song in your praise.” Both compositions rank among Cockburn’s best and the singer-songwriter himself admits that “Diamonds” has “stood the test of time” and may be “as good as I get.”

Cockburn’s songs of praise have always been accessible to non-Christian listeners because they expressed his personal faith, which favored an open spirituality over blind adherence to religion. Never one to pull his punches, Cockburn delivered a stinging indictment to fundamentalist Christians on “Gospel Of Bondage,” targeting their heavy-handed tactics at home and abroad. “God must be on the side of the side that’s right,” he sings, “and not the right that justifies itself in terms of might.”

Many of Cockburn’s strongest compositions have been those written after witnessing the conditions in the world’s most troubled countries. Those angry songs dealing with war, repression and environmental degradation, such as “If I Had A Rocket Launcher,” “Call It Democracy” and “If A Tree Falls,” are all included here. So, too, are hard-hitting but lesser-known numbers like “Radium Rain,” his bluesy response to the Chernobyl disaster, and “Where The Death Squad Lives,” an edgy rocker with the Honduran military in its sights.

“Music is my diary,” Cockburn explains in the memoir. His transcontinental travels led to a documentary style of writing, first employed in his swirling 1976 composition “Silver Wheels.” Like a foreign correspondent reporting from the front lines, Cockburn sent out journal-style entries in song about what he witnessed, either sung or spoken. These are heard in stark numbers such as “The Mines Of Mozambique,” “Postcards From Cambodia” and “This is Baghdad.”

But anger doesn’t fuel all of his travel songs. “Dust And Diesel” and “Waiting For A Miracle,” based on visits Cockburn made to Nicaragua, are gentle expressions of hope for a people struggling to chart a new course. And “Tibetan Side Of Town” offers striking observations about the cultural sights of Kathmandu during a night of drinking Nepalese tungba ale.

Love, along with spirituality and travel, also transformed Cockburn and has often figured in his songwriting. His relationships with women, he has admitted, helped to pry him loose from the “fascist architecture” he’d erected around himself that had made him a loner. Among the collection’s most romantic songs are the joyous “Great Big Love” and the sultry “Don’t Have To Tell You Why,” while “Mango” and “All The Ways I Want You” are both ripe with desire.

When Cockburn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, he summed up his role as a songwriter with one succinct, eloquent sentence. “My job,” he said, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper, in the pulling of notes out of metal.” Just how well he has trapped the spirit can be heard in songs like the emotional “Cry Of A Tiny Babe,” his modern re-telling of the Christmas story, and “The Whole Night Sky,” a sweeping ballad in which Cockburn’s voice and Bonnie Raitt’s slide guitar exquisitely plumb the depths of heartbreak. Each has the power to trigger tears.

A starker version of “The Whole Night Sky,” featuring Cockburn alone on guitar and vocals, is one of the highlights of the collection’s rare and previously unreleased recordings. Among the other gems is Cockburn’s own version of “Bird Without Wings,” the song he wrote long before embarking on a solo career that the Canadian folk-rock group 3’s A Crowd recorded. The plaintive lyrics offer a telling confession: “I couldn’t find the key that would unlock these chains of mine/And my songs were not complete enough to sing.” It wouldn’t be long before all that changed.

Some of the songs on the bonus disc sound as relevant today as the day they were written. “Wise Users,” originally recorded for The Charity Of Night and previously only available on a 1996 Earth benefit album, takes to task those who would plunder the planet’s resources without regard for consequences. Cockburn’s rage is palpable as he sings, “Go on, reap your harvest…’til everything is gone.” And “Come Down Healing,” recorded in 1995 but never released, is a call for salvation in the face of such destruction. “Sometimes the road leads to dark places,” Cockburn warns, before adding, “sometimes the darkness is your friend” (that insightful lyric found its eventual home in his highly popular song “Pacing The Cage”).

Throughout his career, Cockburn’s songs have often featured the elements of light and dark to represent the forces of good and evil. “Tried And Tested,” like other material from 2003’s You’ve Never Seen Everything, made good use of that imagery. So, too, does “The Light Goes On Forever,” the 1980 song that closes the seventh disc. “Let me rest in the place of light,” Cockburn sings of his unwavering belief in the spirit. As he concludes in his memoir: “Whether that spirit gets discussed in Islamic, Jewish, Christian, or any other religious terms is not really material. It’s being awake to its presence that counts.” As this collection shows, few artists have been as open to the spirit – or able to convey it so well in song – as Cockburn. – Nicholas Jennings


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