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
Released February 1993
Format Promo CD Single
Recorded Battery Studios (London)
Genre Rock
Length 4:27
Label MCA
Writer(s) Rob Baker
Gordon Downie
Johnny Fay
Paul Langlois
Gord Sinclair
Producer(s) Chris Tsangarides
The Tragically Hip singles chronology
Fifty Mission Cap
(1993)
Courage
(1993)
At the Hundredth Meridian
(1993)
Alternative Cover
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 the late author Hugh MacLennan,[1] particularly his 1959 novel The Watch That Ends the Night, whose closing lines 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 also nominated for "Single of the Year" at the 1994 Juno Awards.

Covers[edit]

In 1997, the song was covered by Sarah Polley for use in the film The Sweet Hereafter and its soundtrack.[4][5] 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.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[3] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 17
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 16
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[8] 16

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  4. ^ Griffin, John (1997-10-23). "Window to the heart" (Pay-per-view). The Record. Kitchener, Ont. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Brendan (1997-03-16). "The Sweet Hereafter". Variety. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Justin Rutledge Ropes In Brendan Canning, Jenn Grant, Andy Maize for Tragically Hip Covers Album". Exclaim!, January 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Tragically Hip search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ a b "The Tragically Hip - Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 

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