Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)

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"Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)"
The Tragically Hip Courage.jpg
Single by The Tragically Hip
from the album Fully Completely
ReleasedFebruary 1993
RecordedBattery Studios (London)
Songwriter(s)Rob Baker
Gordon Downie
Johnny Fay
Paul Langlois
Gord Sinclair
Producer(s)Chris Tsangarides
The Tragically Hip singles chronology
"Fifty Mission Cap"
"Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)"
"At the Hundredth Meridian"
Alternative Cover
The Tragically Hip Courage 2.jpg
Cover of UK version

"Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)" is a song by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was released in February 1993 as the third single from their 1992 album Fully Completely. The song's bracketed title references author Hugh MacLennan,[1] because lines from his 1959 novel The Watch That Ends the Night are paraphrased in the song's final verse.[2]

The song was very successful, reaching number 10 on Canada's RPM Singles Chart,[3] and also charting well in the United States and the Netherlands. The song was nominated for "Single of the Year" at the 1994 Juno Awards. Between 1995 and 2016, "Courage" was the most played Tragically Hip song on rock radio stations in Canada.[4]


In 1997, the song was covered by Sarah Polley for use in the film The Sweet Hereafter and its soundtrack.[5][6] The cover version was also used in the television series Charmed. Singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge also covered the song for his 2014 album Daredevil, an album consisting entirely of Tragically Hip covers.[7]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[3] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 17
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 16
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[10] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 90


  1. ^ Ward, Lindsey (2009-11-03). "The Hip: Canada's ultimate band". Sun Media. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  2. ^ Anderson, Jason (2005-11-24). "Our Home and Native Band". CBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  3. ^ a b "Top Singles - Volume 57, No. 14, April 17, 1993". RPM. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  4. ^ "NIELSEN MUSIC & BILLBOARD PRESENT CANADA 150 CHARTS" (PDF). p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 2, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Griffin, John (1997-10-23). "Window to the heart" (Pay-per-view). The Record. Kitchener, Ont. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  6. ^ Kelly, Brendan (1997-03-16). "The Sweet Hereafter". Variety. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  7. ^ "Justin Rutledge Ropes In Brendan Canning, Jenn Grant, Andy Maize for Tragically Hip Covers Album" Archived 2014-04-09 at the Wayback Machine. Exclaim!, January 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Tragically Hip" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017.

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