Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws

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Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws cover.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMay–June 1979
GenreFolk rock
LabelTrue North
ProducerGene Martynec
Bruce Cockburn chronology
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Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws

Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws is the ninth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. The album has eight songs written around the acoustic guitar and "particularly showcased Cockburn's sparkling guitar work".[1] Cockburn's records had to that time been influenced by his Christianity; Third Way magazine wrote in 1987 that "in 1979 the simple Christian faith [Cockburn] had been celebrating was transformed with the release of his most popular ever album Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws, where, with the help of Charles Williams, his pre-Christian mysticism resurfaced after the baptism of faith as mature Christian mysticism. The poetry was astonishing, like no Christian musician had then, or would since, come even close to."[2]

The single "Wondering Where the Lions Are" reached No. 21 in the United States, and spent 17 weeks on the Billboard chart.[3] It was important in bringing Cockburn attention outside Canada, and would be his highest-charting single in the U.S.

The album cover is a painting by Canadian aboriginal artist Norval Morrisseau (1932–2007).[4] In 1992 a remastered edition was released by Rounder Records with two extra tracks, "Dawn Music" and "Bye Bye Idi".[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [5]

Music critic Brett Hartenbach, writing retrospectively for Allmusic, wrote "The album continues the jazz-inflected folk he had been pursuing on his past several releases, but with a heavier emphasis on the worldbeat rhythms that would play a larger part in his music in the years to come... though it can't match the sheer power of his next few releases, [it] may be his most beautiful record, as well as an excellent culmination of his '70s work."[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Creation Dream"Cockburn4:00
2."Hills of Morning"Cockburn4:25
3."Badlands Flashback"Cockburn6:12
4."Northern Lights"Cockburn4:06
5."After the Rain"Cockburn3:59
6."Wondering Where the Lions Are"Cockburn3:42
7."Incandescent Blue"Cockburn4:35
8."No Footprints"Cockburn5:38


except on "Wondering Where the Lions Are"

  • Larry "Sticky Fingers" Silvera – bass, background vocal
  • Ben Bow – drums, güiro, background vocal


  1. ^ a b J.B. and Paoletta, Michael (ed). "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws (Music release)." Billboard, December 12, 2002. Vol. 114, Issue 51.
  2. ^ Wrote, Martin. "Bruce Cockburn". Third Way, August 1987, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 18–20.
  3. ^ Billboard magazine.
  4. ^ Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws Album cover by Norval Morrisseau
  5. ^ a b Hartenbach, Brett. "Wondering Where the Lions Are > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 15, 2011.