Life Short Call Now

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Life Short Call Now
Studio album by Bruce Cockburn
Released 2006
Recorded National Treasures Studio, Schomberg, Ontario, February 2006
Genre Folk, pop
Length 58:52
Label True North
Producer Jonathan Goldsmith
Bruce Cockburn chronology
Life Short Call Now
Small Source of Comfort

Life Short Call Now is the 23rd full-length album by Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn. It was released in 2006 by True North Records. The album featured a 27-piece string section and guest appearances by Ron Sexsmith, Ani Difranco and Hawksley Workman on backing vocals.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Bruce Cockburn except where indicated)

  1. "Life Short Call Now" – 5:32
  2. "See You Tomorrow" – 4:20
  3. "Mystery" – 5:50
  4. "Beautiful Creatures" – 5:09
  5. "Peace March" – 3:32
  6. "Slow Down Fast" – 3:39
  7. "Tell the Universe" (Bruce Cockburn, Julie Wolf, Ben Riley, Steve Lucas) – 5:14
  8. "This is Baghdad" – 6:21
  9. "Jerusalem Poker" – 5:33
  10. "Different When It Comes to You" – 2:50
  11. "To Fit in My Heart" – 6:06
  12. "Nude Descending a Staircase" – 4:23


  • Bruce Cockburn – vocals, guitars
  • Gary Craig – drums, percussion
  • David Piltch – acoustic and electric bass
  • Julie Wolf – piano, harmonium, wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, B3, accordion, melodica
  • Jonathan Goldsmith – celeste, glockenspiel, maikotron, piano ("Mystery"), Fender Rhodes ("Nude Descending a Staircase")
  • Kevin Turcotte – flugelhorn, trumpet

Additional musicians

  • Ron Sexsmith – background vocals ("Mystery")
  • Hawksley Workman – background vocals ("Mystery", "Slow Down Fast")
  • Damhnait Doyle – background vocals ("Mystery", "Life Short Call Now", "Different When It Comes to You")
  • Ani Difranco – background vocals ("See You Tomorrow")
  • Julie Wolf – background vocals ("Tell the Universe", To Fit in My Heart")
  • String Orchestra:
Violas: Parmela Attariwala, Virginia Barron, Caroline Blackwell, Johnthan Craig, Steve Dann, Kathleen Kajioka, Jeewon Kim, Gary Labovitz, Teng Li, Nick Papadakis, Douglas Perry, Anna Redekop, Christopher Redfield, Angela Rudden, Beverly Spotton, Scott St. John, Josef Tamir, David Willms
  • Cellos: Maurizio Baccante, Roman Borys, Matt Brubeck, David Hetherington, John Marshman, Paul Widner, Winona Zelenka
  • Basses: Roberto Occhipinti, Charles Elliot


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Life Short Call Now Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 May, 2014.