Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws cover.jpg
Studio album by Bruce Cockburn
Released 1979
Recorded May–June 1979
Genre Folk-rock
Length 36:37
Label True North
Producer Gene Martynec
Bruce Cockburn chronology
Further Adventures Of
Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

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".[2] 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."[3]

The single "Wondering Where the Lions Are" reached No. 21 in the United States,[4] and was important in bringing Cockburn attention outside Canada. The record peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard 200.[5]

The album cover is a painting by Canadian aboriginal artist Norval Morrisseau (1932–2007).[6] In 1992 a remastered edition was released by Rounder Records with two extra tracks, "Dawn Music" and "Bye Bye Idi".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Creation Dream" Cockburn 4:00
2. "Hills of Morning" Cockburn 4:25
3. "Badlands Flashback" Cockburn 6:12
4. "Northern Lights" Cockburn 4:06
5. "After the Rain" Cockburn 3:59
6. "Wondering Where the Lions Are" Cockburn 3:42
7. "Incandescent Blue" Cockburn 4:35
8. "No Footprints" Cockburn 5:38


except on "Wondering Where the Lions Are"

  • Larry "Sticky Fingers" Silvera – Bass, background vocal
  • Ben Bow – Drums, güiro, background vocal


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b J.B. and Paoletta, Michael (ed). "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws (Music release)." Billboard, December 12, 2002. Vol. 114, Issue 51.
  3. ^ Wrote, Martin. "Bruce Cockburn". Third Way, August 1987, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 18–20.
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/298437/bruce+cockburn/chart
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/dancing-in-the-dragons-jaws-mw0000653299/awards
  6. ^ Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws Album cover by Norval Morrisseau