When you're lovers in a dangerous time
Sometimes you're made to feel as if your love's a crime —
But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight —
Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylightBruce Cockburn (pronounced COH-burn) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, known for his spiritual lyrics.
—"Lovers in a Dangerous Time"
- Bruce Cockburn (1970)
- High Winds, White Sky (1971)
- Sunwheel Dance (1971)
- Night Vision (1973)
- Salt, Sun and Time (1974)
- Joy Will Find a Way (1975)
- In the Falling Dark (1976)
- Circles in the Stream (1977)
- Further Adventures Of (1978)
- Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws (1979)
- Humans (1980)
- Inner City Front (1981)
- The Trouble with Normal (1983)
- Stealing Fire (1984)
- World of Wonders (1986)
- Big Circumstance (1988)
- Nothing But a Burning Light (1991)
- Christmas (1993)
- Dart to the Heart (1994)
- The Charity of Night (1996)
- Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu (1999)
- You've Never Seen Everything (2003)
- Speechless - The Instrumentals (2005)
- Life Short Call Now (2006)
- Slice O Life - Live Solo (2009)
- Small Source of Comfort (2011)
- Album Title Drop: "Hills of Morning" on Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
- Bilingual Bonus: Most of his albums include French translations of his lyrics. A handful of his older albums include at least one song written in French, and his Christmas album includes him singing in Spanish and Huron.
- Bittersweet Ending: "The Rose Above the Sky"
- Christmas Songs: "Christmas Song" (on Salt, Sun and Time), "Cry of a Tiny Babe" (on Nothing But a Burning Light). And, of course, the entire Christmas album.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cover Version: He ended one of his live albums with a cover of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian.
- Crapsack World: A lot of his more political work has this theme, especially The Trouble With Normal, Stealing Fire, and You've Never Seen Everything.
- Creator Breakdown: Humans was written and recorded around the time his marriage ended; songs like "You Get Bigger As You Go" reflect this.
- Darker and Edgier: Humans marked a departure from his sunnier earlier work.
- Empathic Environment: "The Coldest Night of the Year" is about a guy missing his girlfriend on a bitterly cold and dark winter night.
- God-Is-Love Songs: "All The Diamonds in the World"
- Growing the Beard: Literally and figuratively on In the Falling Dark
- Intercourse with You: "Sahara Gold", "Mango", "Wait No More".
- New Sound Album: The Trouble with Normal was noticeably more synth-driven than his earlier works. Nothing But a Burning Light signaled a move back to a rootsier sound (this and the next album would be produced by T-Bone Burnett). The Charity of Night was another shift into a more expansive, jazzy sound with more spoken-word pieces.
- Not Christian Rock: He converted to Christianity right around writing Salt, Sun and Time, and often incorporates Christian themes in his work, but usually subtly, especially after Humans.
- Precision F-Strike: "You Get Bigger As You Go" ("...too dogshit tired..."), "Call It Democracy" ("It's just spend a buck to make a buck / You don't really give a flying fuck /About the people in misery.")
- Funnily enough, Bruce's mother was more upset about his use of "IMF, dirty MF" in the chorus of "Call It Democracy", which generally went unnoticed by the censors.
- The last line of "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" is a very emphatic, "If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a bitch would die!"
- Protest Song: Several, including "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" and "Call It Democracy".
- Vocal Evolution: His voice on his earliest albums is a fair bit higher and gentler than what would come later.
- A World Half Full: Very much so; even his most dour works have an undercurrent of hope.