Bruce Cockburn

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Eligible since: 1995 (The 1996 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Bruce Cockburn be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Let me tell you all something, Bruce Cockburn is one hell of a songwriter, a Canadian icon, and one of THE MOST UNDERRATED rockers of his (or any) time. Respected amongst many of his peers (including the likes of Bono & Jimi Buffett to name a couple) he has created an astounding body of work for such an under-the-radar artist.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 08.29.07 @ 19:30pm

Bono referenced a line from Cockburn's "Lovers In A Dangerous Time" in the U2 song "God, Pt 2":

Heard him singing on the radio late last night
Got to kick the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 00:50am

One of Jerry Garcia's favorite songs is "waiting For A Miracle" by Bruce Cockburn. Also on Springsteen's "Rising" there are two songs ("Countin' On A Miracle" and "Waitin' On A Sunny Day") that if you splice one half of the title of the former with one half of the latter and change the "on" to "for" you get Waiting for A Miracle" Maybe this was a hidden tribute to Cockburn (Cockburn had a song called "Badlands Flashback" which despite the fact that Springsteen released "Badlands" a year earlier, is sung in French and the word "Badlands" does not appear in the English translation) David Crosby also cited one of his favorite songwriters. (One of the lines in "Gavin's Woodpile" is "Death in the marrow/Death in the liver (Remember Crosby's liver transplant) The music for "Gavin's Woodpile" was largely inspired by Crosby's "Triad". Cockburn uses a lot of modal guitar tuning much like Crosby.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 15:17pm

As great an artist Bruce Cockburn is, I think his chances of getting in the RRHOF might be hurt by the fact that manyy of his early albums were released only in Canada when they first came out. Now his music is distributed internationally by grassroots label Rounder. Cockburn had a hard time finding a major label to distribute his music in the early '70's. The RRHoF has four Canadian acts (The Band, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young) who are also in the CanMHOF. Cockburn himself is in the CanMHoF. Personally I like Cockburn.more than Springstink, because BC has more of a world view than Springsteen. (Example: "This Is Baghdad" vs. "This is my hometown" What happens in your hometown might not mean anything to someone who lives in a different town, but the war in Iraq is far more universally felt)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 02.1.08 @ 19:13pm

Bruce Cockburn appeared at Pete Seeger's 90th birthday concert a couple of days ago (May 2, 2009) along with the more famous Bruce. The last time I saw Bruce the Moose in concert, people were shouting requests for "Stairway To Heaven" and "Freebird". but no one shouted "Born To Run"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 05.6.09 @ 14:12pm

Did you know that a popular subject in Springsteen's songs is "lovers in dangerous times." Springsteen did not name one of his songs that but Cockburn did, and Cockburn's song "LIADT" is the only song in his catalog that deals with that subject.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnelld on Friday, 07.10.09 @ 21:34pm

If I Had A Rocket Launcher
If A A Tree Falls In The Forrest

Posted by QAZ on Tuesday, 06.29.10 @ 13:14pm

Every time I here him sing Wondering Where the Lions Are I have to say to myself, "Try Africa, Bruce."

Posted by joker on Saturday, 04.2.11 @ 14:00pm

If I Had A Rocket Launcher
If Tree Falls In The Forrest

His name is pronounced Co-burn. The c and k are silent. It's not Cock-burn.

Posted by QAZ on Tuesday, 09.20.11 @ 21:17pm

"With a boulder on my shoulder/Feeling kind of older/I tripped the merry-go-round"-Bruce Springsteen, "Blinded by the Light"

"I WILL ALWAYS LOvE YOU on a boulder by the shoulder"-Bruce Cockburn, "The Iris of the World"

"And Little Early Pearly came by in her/his curly-whirly/And asked me if I needed a ride"-Bruce Springsteen, "Blinded by the Light"

"Here comes the helicopter/Second time today/Everybody scatters/And hopes it goes away"-Bruce Cockburn, "If I Had A Rocket Launcher"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 12.2.11 @ 05:02am

Note: "Curly-whirly" is Springspeak for "helicopter"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 12.2.11 @ 05:04am

Bruce Cockburn

The 1983 Companion Of Order Of Canada
The 2001 Canadian Music Hall Of Fame
The 2003 Officer Of The Order Of Canada
The 2017 Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.17.17 @ 19:30pm

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