-- Sunrise On The Mississippi --
(instrumental) 24 April 1989. St. Louis. & 2005

Found on:

Dart To The Heart (1994)

Speechless (2005)


Known comments by Bruce Cockburn about this song, by date:

  • 17 August 1997

    At a performance at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York (17 August 1997), Bruce told the audience he wrote the song in a dressing room before a show in St. Louis on 24 April 1989.

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  • 7 July 1998

    "That piece was called 'Sunrise on the Mississippi'. And it, it was written, um, I can't remember if I actually wrote it in St. Louis or if I was just thinking about looking out of a particular window in St Louis when I wrote but it was very soon after the looking out the window in any case. And sunrise is either the beginning of something or the end of something. And I suppose in this case it was a little of both... but it's interesting how these things go you know because a year later I was looking out of the same, well if not the same window the next one upstairs, the same hotel, with the same view and it looked very different and that too produced a piece of music, which is this one. It doesn't start there but it gets there very soon."

    [Cockburn then played "Get Up Jonah".]

    -- from a live performance at Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI, 7 July 1998. Submitted by Doug Stacey.

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