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INTRODUCTION:
Arranging Bruce Cockburn's songs by creation date was an unexpectedly interesting project to work on. Obviously, songs are released out of their creative sequence as a standard practice, the most obvious example being an album, which is not expected to be a chronological record of songs written. Yet, songs written within a period of a few months are often released on entirely separate albums or with several albums gap between them. When you return them to their original order in the creative flow, the meaning and feel of them is often given a completely new life, as you start to associate them with other songs they were written beside. As another Canadian, the writer Margaret Atwood, once said, "Context is all."

NOTES:
Song titles are sorted by date, with the songwriting location given in brackets where available. All cover versions have been removed from the list. The mark * signifies the date of a song's first release on an album where no other creation date is available. The mark ** signifies an educated guess at when an unreleased song was written, based on notes from available recordings of live performances and/or fan recollections submitted to this website. If you can help narrow a song's creation date down, get in touch.


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1968 and before

  • Circa 1959-1963** - Unknown Instrumental #1 (unreleased)
  • Unknown - Baby, You're Not Leaving Me Out, Baby, I'm Heaving You Out
  • Unknown - Games (unreleased)
  • Unknown - High Priestess (unreleased)
  • Unknown - It's An Elephant's World (unreleased)
  • Unknown - Tea Freak's Blues (unreleased)
  • Unknown - Trains Don't Go There Anymore, The (unreleased)
  • 15 March 1968 - Gifts (Toronto) (released in 2011)
  • 1968* - Bird Lady (unreleased)
  • 1968* - Bird Without Wings
  • 1968* - View From Pompous Head, The
  • circa 1968** - Electrocution Of The Word (co-written, see editor's note on song page)
  • circa 1968** - Flying Circus (unreleased)
  • circa 1968** - I'm Leaving You Out (unreleased)
  • circa 1968** - Jacob's Ladder (unreleased)
  • circa 1968** - Mother (unreleased)
  • circa 1968** - North American Bastard Son (unreleased)
  • circa 1968** - She Want To Know (unreleased)
  • circa 1968** - Way She Smiles, The
  • mid to late 1960's** - Unknown Title #3 (unreleased)
  • late 1960's** - Unknown Title #1 (unreleased)
  • late 1960's** - Unknown Title #2 (unreleased)

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    1969

  • 1969* - Going To The Country (Between Ottawa and Montreal, Canada)
  • 1969* - Bicycle Trip, The
  • 1969* - Change Your Mind
  • 1969* - Keep It Open
  • 1969* - Man Of A Thousand Faces
  • 1969* - Musical Friends
  • 1969* - Spring Song
  • 1969* - Thirteenth Mountain, The
  • 1969* - Thoughts On A Rainy Afternoon
  • 1969* - Together Alone
  • July 1969 - Let Us Go Laughing (Toronto, Canada)
  • 28 September 1969 - Happy Good Morning Blues (Montreal, Canada)
  • 28 September 1969 - Clocks Don't Bring Tomorrow -- Knives Don't Bring Good News (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Winter 1969 - Life's Mistress (Cumberland, Ontario, Canada)

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    1970

  • 1970* - Another Victim Of The Rainbow
  • 1970* - Going Down The Road
  • 27 May 1970 - Golden Serpent Blues (Ottawa, Canada)
  • June 1970 - High Winds White Sky (Ottawa, Canada)
  • June 1970 - One Day I Walk (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)
  • 15 August 1970 - Shining Mountain (Chilliwack, British Colombia, Canada)
  • 18 November 1970 - You Point To The Sky (Toronto, Canada)

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    1971

  • 1971* - Dialogue With The Devil (or "Why Don't We Celebrate?")
  • 1971* - Fall
  • 1971* - Feet Fall On The Road
  • 1971* - For The Birds
  • 1971* - He Came From The Mountain
  • 1971* - It's Going Down Slow
  • 1971* - Life Will Open
  • 1971* - Love Song
  • 1971* - My Lady And My Lord
  • 1971* - Sunwheel Dance
  • 1971* - Ting/The Cauldron
  • 1971* - Up On The Hillside
  • 1971* - When The Sun Falls

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    1972

  • 1972* - Morning Hymn
  • 9 February 1972 - You Don't Have To Play the Horses (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Spring 1972 - Blues Got The World..., The (Mostly Chilliwack, British Colombia, Canada)
  • Spring 1972 - When The Sun Goes Nova (Between Jasper and Valleyview, Alberta, Canada)
  • 14 June 1972 - God Bless The Children (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
  • 22 October 1972 - Deja Vu (Toronto, Canada)

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    1973

  • 1973* - Foxglove
  • 1973*Giftbearer
  • 1973* - Islands In A Black Sky
  • 1973* - Lightstorm (instrumental)
  • 19 January 1973 - Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long (Toronto, Canada)
  • 16 June 1973 - Stained Glass (London, England, UK)
  • 6 July 1973 - Never So Free (Sheffield, England, UK)
  • 25 July 1973 - All The Diamonds (Stockholm)
  • 1 December 1973 - Don't Have To Tell You Why (Toronto, Canada)
  • 25 December 1973 - Christmas Song (Cumberland, Ontario, Canada)

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    1974

  • 1974* - It Won't Be Long
  • 1974* - Rouler Sa Bosse ("To Knock About The World")
  • 1974* - Salt, Sun And Time
  • 1974* - Seeds On The Wind
  • 28 January 1974 - Burn
  • 18 June 1974 - Hand-dancing (Toronto, Canada)
  • 6 September 1974 - Joy Will Find A Way (A Song About Dying)
  • 25 November 1974 - Long-time Love Song, A
  • 13 December 1974 - Life Story, A

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    1975

  • 1975* - Music For A Lunar Eclipse
  • 1975* - Skylarking
  • circa 1975** - Praise God
  • circa 1975** - Spirits
  • 23 January 1975 - Starwheel (co-written)
  • 2 February 1975 - January In The Halifax Airport Lounge
  • 23 February 1975 - Lament For The Last Days
  • 5 April 1975 - Festival Of Friends (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)
  • July 1975 - Arrows Of Light
  • 17 November 1975 - Gavin's Woodpile (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)
  • 14 December 1975 - Little Seahorse (Toronto, Canada)

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    1976

  • 1976* - Water Into Wine (instrumental)
  • 29 February 1976 - I'm Gonna Fly Some Day (Calgary, Canada)
  • 9 March 1976 - In The Falling Dark (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 12 May 1976 - Lord Of The Starfields (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)
  • 28 June 1976 - Laughter (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 10 July 1976 - Vagabondage (Drifting) (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 21 July 1976 - Silver Wheels (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)
  • 26 July 1976 - Red Brother Red Sister (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)
  • 9 December 1976 - Can I Go with You (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)

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    1977

  • 1977* - Cader Idris
  • 1977* - Deer Dancing Round A Broken Mirror
  • 30 January 1977 - Free To Be (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)
  • 8 March 1977 - Homme Brûlant ("Burning Man") (Quebec)
  • July 1977 - Nanzen Ji (Morioka, Japan)
  • 18 September 1977 - Bright Sky (Fort Saint John, Yukon Territories, Canada)
  • 6 November 1977 - Feast Of Fools (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)

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    1978

  • 1978* - Montreal Song, A
  • 1978* - Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hands
  • 1978* - Prenons La Mer ("Let us take to the sea")
  • 1978* - Rainfall
  • 1978* - Red Ships Take Off In The Distance
  • 19 July 1978 - No Footprints (Mainly Banff, Canada)
  • 18 August 1978 - Celestial Horses (Nelson, BC.)[finished in 2001]
  • 27 August 1978 - Northern Lights (Calgary-Medicine Hat, Canada)
  • 20 December 1978 - Creation Dream (Ottawa, Canada)

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    1979

  • 1979* - Hills Of Morning
  • 1979* - Incandescent Blue (New York, NY, USA)
  • circa 1979** - Woman Clothed With The Sun (see 31 August 1979 note on song page)
  • 12 January 1979 - Wondering Where The Lions Are (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Easter 1979 - Badlands Flashback (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 13 June 1979 - After The Rain (Toronto, Canada)
  • circa August 1979** - Scanning These Crowds (see editor's note on song page)
  • August 1979 - Rose Above The Sky, The (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 5 September 1979 - Hoop Dancer (Tokyo)
  • 15 September 1979 - Tokyo (Tokyo)
  • Autumn 1979 - How I Spent My Fall Vacation (Pavia, Hokkaido, Paris)
  • 25 November 1979 - Guerilla Betrayed (Gorizia-Milan)
  • 31 December 1979 - Rumours Of Glory (Burritt's Rapids, Ontario, Canada)

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    1980

  • 1980* - Grim Travellers
  • 14 February 1980 - More Not More (Toronto, Canada)
  • 23 March 1980 - You Get Bigger As You Go
  • 25 March 1980 - Light Goes On Forever, The (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 28 March 1980 - What About The Bond (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 5 May 1980 - Fascist Architecture (Denver, Colorado, USA)
  • 11 May 1980 - Unknown Instrumental #1 (unreleased)
  • 29 December 1980 - Anything Can Happen (Toronto, Canada)

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    1981

  • Circa 1981 - Unknown Instrumental #3 (unreleased)
  • 1981* - And We Dance
  • 1981* - All's Quiet On The Inner City Front (Toronto, Canada)
  • 1981* - Broken Wheel
  • 1981* - Coldest Night Of The Year, The
  • 1981* - Dweller By A Dark Stream
  • 1981* - Justice
  • 1981* - Loner
  • 1981* - Radio Shoes
  • 1981* - Strong One, The
  • 1981* - Wanna Go Walking
  • 1981* - You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance (Toronto, Canada)
  • 30 June 1981 - Trouble With Normal, The (Toronto, Canada)
  • 2 July 1981 - Civilization And Its Discontents (Toronto, Canada)
  • 8 August 1981 - Going Up Against Chaos (Toronto, Canada)
  • Autumn 1981 - I Wanna Dance With You (Toronto, Canada)
  • 9 September 1981 - Planet Of The Clowns (Tenerife)
  • 12 September 1981 - Waiting For The Moon (Lauzarote, Canary Islands)
  • 3 December 1981 - Candy Man's Gone (NYC/Boston, USA)

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    1982

  • January 1982 - Maybe The Poet (Toronto, Canada)
  • 4 June 1982 - Tropic Moon (Sardegna)

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    1983

  • 1983* - Cala Luna
  • circa 1983** - If You Lived In The Prince's House
  • circa 1983** - Wings Of An Angel
  • circa 1983** - Yanqui Go Home
  • 3 January 1983 - Put Our Hearts Together (St. Vincent)
  • February 1983 - Nicaragua (Managua, Nicaragua)
  • February and April 1983 - If I Had A Rocket Launcher (Chiapas, Mexico, and Toronto, Canada)
  • March 1983 - Dust And Diesel (Interamerican Highway - Nicaragua)
  • July 1983 - Sahara Gold (Toronto, Canada)
  • July 1983 - Peggy's Kitchen Wall (Toronto, Canada)
  • September 1983 - Lovers In A Dangerous Time (Toronto, Canada)
  • September 1983 - To Raise The Morning Star (Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia)
  • December 1983 - Santiago Dawn (Santiago)

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    1984

  • January 1984 - Down Here Tonight (Tobago)
  • January 1984 - Making Contact (Tobago)
  • 11 November 1984 - Lily Of The Midnight Sky (Boulder, Colorado)

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    1985

  • circa 1985** - Dance With You
  • circa 1985** - Waterwalker (See note from 1996 on song page)
  • February 1985 - Berlin Tonight (2 Germanies)
  • Easter 1985 - Dancing in Paradise (Jamaica)
  • June 1985 - World Of Wonders (Toronto, Canada)
  • 25 August 1985 - People See Through You (Bridgenorth)
  • November 1985 - Call It Democracy (Toronto, Canada)
  • November 1985 - See How I Miss You (Toronto, Canada)

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    1986

  • January 1986 - Stolen Land (Toronto, Canada)
  • January 1986 - Waiting For A Miracle (Managua, Nicaragua)
  • 28 January 1986 - Where The Death Squad Lives (Toronto, Canada)
  • 8 May 1986 - Radium Rain (Cologne, Germany)

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    1987

  • 22 February 1987 - Gospel Of Bondage (Toronto, Canada)
  • March 1987 - Tibetan Side Of Town (Toronto, Canada)
  • 9 April 1987 - Pangs Of Love (Pakhara)
  • June 1987 - Don't Feel Your Touch (Toronto, Canada)
  • 26 October 1987 - Understanding Nothing (Toronto, Canada)

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    1988

  • 1988* - Shipwrecked At The Stable Door
  • 9 February 1988 - Gift, The (Toronto, Canada)
  • 7 April 1988 - If A Tree Falls (Toronto, Canada)

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    1989

  • 24 April 1989 - Sunrise On The Mississippi (St. Louis)
  • 24 December 1989 - Child Of The Wind (Tucson, Arizona)

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    1990

  • circa 1990** - Coyote Blue (see editor's note on song page)
  • 25 January 1990 - Indian Wars (Toronto, Canada)
  • 1 March 1990 - Cry Of A Tiny Babe (Toronto, Canada)
  • April 1990 - When It's Gone, It's Gone (Mississauga, Canada)
  • 22 May 1990 - One Of The Best Ones (Toronto, Canada)
  • 1 July 1990 - Kit Carson (Vaudreuil, Quebec)
  • 6 August 1990 - Great Big Love (Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada)
  • 17 August 1990 - Dream Like Mine, A (Dawson, Yukon Territories, Canada)
  • 17 November 1990 - Somebody Touched Me (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)

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    1991

  • 1991* - Actions Speak Louder
  • circa 1991**/released 1994 - Wake Up Willie (See editor's note on song page)
  • June 1991 - Mighty Trucks of Midnight (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  • circa November 1991** - Let The Bad Air Out (see editor's note on song page)
  • 11 December 1991 - All The Ways I Want You (Atlanta, GA, USA)

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    1992

  • circa 1992** - Mr. Nasty (unreleased, see editor's note on song page)
  • 3 January 1992 - Anything, Anytime, Anywhere (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)
  • 14 January 1992 - Tie Me At The Crossroads (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)
  • 29 February 1992 - Someone I Used To Love (San Francisco, CA, USA)
  • 19 April 1992 - Southland of the Heart (Stouffville, Ontario, Canada)
  • 30 May 1992 - Love Loves You Too (Bielefeld, Germany)
  • circa July 1992** - Train In The Rain (see editor's note on song page)
  • 16 September 1992 - Closer To The Light (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)
  • 27 October 1992 - Listen For The Laugh (Charlottesville, VA, USA)
  • 20 November 1992 - Burden Of The Angel/Beast (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)

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    1993

  • 1993* - Shepherds
  • ? [sic] January 1993 - Live On My Mind (Maui)
  • 7 March 1993 - Bone In My Ear (Woodstock, NY, USA)

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    1994

  • 27 June 1994 - Whole Night Sky, The (Cologne, Germany)
  • 29 October 1994 - Charity Of Night, The (Schenectady, NY, USA)

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    1995

  • 1995* - Song For Touring Around The Stars
  • circa 1995** - Alpha Dog
  • circa 1995** - Shoulda Been Me (unreleased)
  • 24 June 1995 - Pacing The Cage (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
  • 8 July 1995 - Birmingham Shadows (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)
  • 11 September 1995 - Coming Rains, The (Quelimane)
  • 11 September 1995 - Mines Of Mozambique, The(Quelimane)
  • 10 October 1995 - Get Up Jonah (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)
  • 7 November 1995 - Strange Waters (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)

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    1996

  • 1996* - Mistress of Storms (insturmental)
  • 1996* - Wise Users
  • 6 February 1996 - Night Train (Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada)

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    1998

  • April 1998 - Look How Far (Calvin College)

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    1999

  • 1999* - Deep Lake (insturmental)
  • 1999* - Down To The Delta (insturmental)
  • 1999* - Embers Of Eden, The
  • 1999* - Isn't That What Friends Are For?
  • 1999* - Last Night Of The World (Toronto)
  • 1999* - Mango
  • July 1999 Cambodia [new version now called Postcards From Cambodia - released 2003] (Cambodia/Toronto)
  • 1999* - Rise And Fall (insturmental)
  • 1999* - Use Me While You Can
  • 1999* - When You Give It Away
  • circa 1999** - End Of All Rivers (insturmental) (see note on song page, to be released 27 September 2005)

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    2000

  • 2000 - Everywhere Dance (New Hampshire)

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    2001

  • March 2001 - Trickle Down (Toronto)
  • 25 April 2001 - All Our Dark Tomorrows (Montpelier)
  • 9 May 2001 - Open (Montreal)
  • 19 May 2001 - Messenger Wind (Montpelier)
  • Summer 2001 - Celestial Horses (Montpelier)
  • 16 July 2001 - Wait No More (Montreal)
  • 18 July 2001 - My Beat (Montreal, Canada)
  • 1 August 2001 - You've Never Seen Everything (Montreal)
  • 18 November 2001 - Put It In Your Heart (Montreal)

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    2002

  • 22 February 2002 - Don't Forget About Delight (Montreal)
  • 19 May 2002 - Tried And Tested (Ottawa)
  • circa June 2002** - Homage To Alex Colville (instrumental)(unreleased)

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    2003

  • 1 April 2003 - Life Short Call Now (Montreal)
  • 21 April 2003 - Tell the Universe (Boston)


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    2004

  • 19 April 2004 - This Is Baghdad (Montreal)
  • 20 April 2004 - Mystery (Montreal)
  • 25 October 2004 - Beautiful Creatures (Montreal)

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    2005

  • 19 January 2005 - Call Me Rose (Montreal)
  • 20 June 2005 - Different When It Comes To You (Kingston)
  • 15 July 2005 - To Fit In My Heart (Kingston)
  • 12 December 2005 - See You Tomorrow (Kingston)
  • circa 2005** - Elegy (instrumental)
  • circa 2005** - King Kong Goes to Tallahassee (instrumental)
  • circa 2005** - Peace March (instrumental)
  • circa 2005** - Jerusalem Poker (instrumental)

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    2006

  • 9 January 2006 - Slow Down Fast (Kingston)
  • circa 2006 - Twilight on the Champlain Sea

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    2007

  • winter 2007 - Driving Away (co-written) (Montreal)
  • June 2007 - Things You'll Miss (co-written)

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    2008

  • circa 2008 ? - City Is Hungry
  • March 2008 - Five Fifty-One (Brooklyn)

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    2009

  • 27 January 2009 - Call Me Back (Camden East)
  • 4 February 2009 - Boundless (Montreal)
  • 13 September 2009 - Each One Lost (Camden East)
  • September 2009 - The Comets Of Kandahar
  • 1 November 2009 - Iris Of The World (Camden East)
  • 7 December 2009 - Radiance (Camden East)
  • circa 2009 - Bohemian Three Step (instrumental)
  • circa 2009 - Parnassus and Fog (instrumental) (San Fransisco?)

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    2010

  • circa 2010 ? - Lois On The Autobahn (instrumental)
  • circa 2010 ? - Ancestors (instrumental)

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