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MY 10 FAVOURITE BRUCE COCKBURN SONGS


When looking at Bruce Cockburn’s 40- year career with over 300 songs and 30 albums, it seems near impossible to pick my favourite 10 songs. In fact, it’s overwhelming.


The first time I ever heard a Bruce Cockburn song I think I was six. My parents were both huge fans of Bruce Cockburn, and my father always referred to him strictly as ‘Bruce’ - like they were pals - even though I’m certain my dad just met him once. My father was an accountant at True North Records and had a fair-sized collection of cassette tapes including Rough Trade, Murray McLauchlan and of course, Bruce.


On long drives I recall thumbing through his cassettes and carefully studying the cover art and song titles. As a child, I was drawn to the immediacy and more of the pop-influences that are found on Stealing Fire, The Trouble With Normal and Humans.


As I grew older, I re-discovered Bruce’s early work and fell in love with High Winds White Sky, Night Vision and Joy Will Find A Way.


1. “GOING TO THE COUNTRY” from Bruce Cockburn (1970)


BRUCE COCKBURN


AN EVENING WITH 16 CENTRESTAGE


Is it any wonder that Bruce’s first song on his first album is one of the best? At this point in his career, Bruce hasn’t really started to write political songs yet, but his songwriting is just as strong. “Tractor-trailer truck says goodbye with a sigh.”


2. “MUSICAL FRIENDS” from Bruce Cockburn (1970)


This jangly-piano ballad is very Beatlesesque and potentially one of Bruce’s poppiest songs. An


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