-- High Winds White Sky (1971) & (2003) --

Track Listing:
Click song titles to see lyrics, other albums the song appears on, and known comments by Bruce Cockburn on the song. Track lengths are not guaranteed as they occasionally change with format (i.e. CD/vinyl) and release version. * Denotes bonus tracks on the remastered CD version released by Rounder Records in 2003.

[1] Happy Good Morning Blues (2:39)
[2] Let Us Go Laughing (5:20)
[3] Love Song (2:26)
[4] One Day I Walk (3:06)
[5] Golden Serpent Blues (3:33)
[6] High Winds White Sky (3:01)
[7] You Point to the Sky (2:56)
[8] Life's Mistress (3:24)
[9] Ting/the Cauldron (6:30)
[10] Shining Mountain (5:14)
[11] Totem Pole *
[12] It's An Elephants World *

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Update: This album was re-released on vinyl, 2 November 2010. True North Records

Album Info:

Production notes:
Recorded between November 1970 and April 1971 (Source: vinyl album notes)

Produced by Eugene Martynec

Bruce Cockburn-Lead Guitar, Dulcimer
Eugene Martynec-Second Guitar
Eric Nagler-Mandoline Banjo, Mandolin
Michael Craydon-Marimba, Tables, Tree Bell, Boobams, Pygmy Rhythm Log
John Wyre-Cymbals, Gongs, Salad Bowls

Recorded by Henry Saskowski at Thunder Sound Studios, Toronto, except "Happy Good Morning Blues" and "Shining Mountain", Recorded and Mixed by Chris Skene at Eastern Sound, Toronto

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

  • Circa 1986

    "A time of reaction- trying to leave behind the years of bad rock bands, trying to clear out psychedelic decadence that was itself a reaction to institutional decadence. Looking for purity in nature. Looking for connections behind things..."
    -- from the World Of Wonders Tour Program, circa 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell.

  • July-November 1995

    "I think [the influence of Eastern philosophies] were there [in the first three albums]. Actually, I think they are still are. Somebody referred to Buddhists as 'great technicians of the sacred' which I think is true as it goes. I wasn't a Christian yet when I made those records although I was heading (being dragged by the nose might be better) that way. And I have been exposed to various aspects of Buddhist teaching, first through the Beat writers, then Merton, Chogyam Trungpa, the Sutras themselves, etc."

    -- from answers by Bruce Cockburn to questions asked by the Humans discussion list. July-November 1995. Submitted by Bruce Edwards.

  • July-November 1995

    "The picture [on the album cover] was taken on Ward Island, part of the tiny archipelago which shelters Toronto Harbour. I never lived there. The houses were mostly built as veterans' housing after I forget which war, though some, most have been cottages at one time. The city of Toronto, at the prodding of developers is always trying to get the residents out so they can put up a golf course or something. These attempts have been met with stiff legal resistance by the islanders, who are very attached to their pretty community just a 10 minute ferry ride from downtown."

    -- from answers by Bruce Cockburn to questions asked by the Humans discussion list. July-November 1995. Submitted by Bruce Edwards.

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