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Bruce Cockburn — The Whole Night Sky
Album: Charity of Night
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Released: 1997
Length: 3:44
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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
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Sheesh. smh. I honestly don't think I've heard this one.
I'm glad to have heard it now. Thanks.
"Hanging from this high wire
By the tatters of my faith"

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A slow boat down an enchanting river. Thanks
Parts of this remind me of Joan Osborne's "What You Are." 
 lmic wrote:

I know that some people think of him as cheesy. To the contrary, I find him so brave in his willingness to consistently expose both his emotional vulnerability and his spiritual beliefs. Plus, he rocks.

 

Yes, I definitely agree and I love him for that.  
 ChardRemains wrote:
Why do people like this guy? He drives me nuts.
 
I know that some people think of him as cheesy. To the contrary, I find him so brave in his willingness to consistently expose both his emotional vulnerability and his spiritual beliefs. Plus, he rocks.

Oh, and that bass ...
Love me some Bruce. Great band too.
 Captain_D0D00 wrote:
Appropriately-hyperbolic.
 
Huh? {#Stupid}
Appropriately-hyperbolic.
 martinc wrote:
Fill the whole night sky - be it joy, sadness or pain when you have feelings that fill the whole night sky you have probably had one of those moments that will change your life. Here's hoping you get these kinds of moments in your life.
 
{#Clap}

This brought me across the room to turn it up.  The slide work....the lyrics....Bruce.....{#Meditate}
 alanb wrote:
Such beautiful lyrics. I love melancholy songs. 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

 


 Gartholamundi wrote:
this whole album has some of the best lyrics i've ever encountered. Bruce is King of the Pen. Get Up Jonah, Nightrain, Mines of Mozambique, Pacing the Cage. this album sports 'em all.

and cover art by comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz is just a complete unexpected bonus.

 {#Daisy}
 
Hear! Hear!  {#Smile}

Bruce Cockburn is one of the greatest of singer-songwriters:  a great poet who sings his poems.
He's in a league with the best (even those whom some say can't sing) like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young, IMHO.


Fill the whole night sky - be it joy, sadness or pain when you have feelings that fill the whole night sky you have probably had one of those moments that will change your life. Here's hoping you get these kinds of moments in your life.
this whole album has some of the best lyrics i've ever encountered. Bruce is King of the Pen. Get Up Jonah, Nightrain, Mines of Mozambique, Pacing the Cage. this album sports 'em all.

and cover art by comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz is just a complete unexpected bonus.

 {#Daisy}
I know this isn't true... but it FEELS like this song should give anyone goosebumps when listening to it.  I know its not true because I've played it for several people who were like "Meh... its ok".  I love it though. By far my favorite song of his.
 alanb wrote:
Such beautiful lyrics. I love melancholy songs. 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
 
Yea!  I love Bruce Cockburn's lyrics! They are so... visual.

Such beautiful lyrics. I love melancholy songs. 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
ChardRemains wrote:
Why do people like this guy? He drives me nuts.

I would usually agree, but this album is sublime genius. His vocal delivery is what bugs me, so I recommend his "Speechless" instrumental album. Great bass accompaniment on this album.

good to hear this one here...
Augh! Had NOT rated this gem yet! That , my friend is an instant 9, TYVM.
This is great!
ChardRemains wrote:
Why do people like this guy? He drives me nuts.
Then turn it off, idiot! :frustrated:
As I sit here thinking about viewing the Perseid meteor shower this weekend, this song comes on. Haunting.
ChardRemains wrote:
Why do people like this guy? He drives me nuts.
To each his/her own.
Why do people like this guy? He drives me nuts.
Leslie wrote:
This is my favorite Cockburn album as well. I never tire of listening to it. Birmingham Shadows blows me away as well! The lyrics are fantastic.
Me3! "Pacing the Cage" is another great track from it.
OMFG
Last played in 2003?I guess we're hearing a new set today.
Patrick wrote:
Patty Larkin, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, Maria Muldaur, and Ani DiFranco also perform on this album.
SOLD! Amazon, here I come. I've always been a Cockburn fan, but he has SO many albums to choose from....can't buy 'em all... This song is hauntingly beautiful!
Patty Larkin, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, Maria Muldaur, and Ani DiFranco also perform on this album.
Ditto...Amazing CD, Great song! Thanks RP, I needed this one this morning.
This is my favorite Cockburn album as well. I never tire of listening to it. Birmingham Shadows blows me away as well! The lyrics are fantastic.
I said it once before and I'll say it again. This is hands-down my favorite Bruce Cockburn album. The track "Bermingham Shadows" blows me away every time.
This little gem is one of my very favorite Cockburn songs. I almost drove my car off the side of the road, moved as I was by the refrain.