Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

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Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle album cover.jpg
Studio album by Bill Callahan
Released April 14, 2009
Recorded August and October 2008
The Track Studio, Plano, Texas
Genre Alternative country
Length 48:17
Label Drag City
Producer "Raven"
Bill Callahan chronology
Woke on a Whaleheart
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle is the second solo album by Bill Callahan under his own name, released on April 14, 2009 via Drag City.[1] It was recorded by John Congleton and arranged by Brian Beattie.[2] In an interview with Uncut, Callahan described the recording of the album:

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Bill Callahan.

  1. "Jim Cain" – 4:39
  2. "Eid Ma Clack Shaw" – 4:19
  3. "The Wind and the Dove" – 4:34
  4. "Rococo Zephyr" – 5:42
  5. "Too Many Birds" – 5:27
  6. "My Friend" – 5:12
  7. "All Thoughts Are Prey to Some Beast" – 5:52
  8. "Invocation of Ratiocination" – 2:41
  9. "Faith/Void" – 9:44


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Crawdaddy! (favorable)[5]
Drowned in Sound (7/10)[6]
NME (8/10)[7]
The Observer (favorable)[8]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10) [9]
Spin 4/5 stars[10]
The Times 4/5 stars[11]

The album received very positive reviews and made many best of year lists, notably 2nd best album of 2009 in Mojo Magazine.

In 2013, NME listed the album at 443 in their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. [12]


Chart Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 90



  • Bill Callahan - Vocals, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ, Keyboards
  • Brian Beattie - Electric Guitar, Organ [Pump], Electric Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, String and Horn arrangement
  • Jaime Zuverza - Electric Guitar
  • Bobby Weaver - Bass
  • Luis Martinez - Drums

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Douglas Edward, Maureen Nilsen, Becki Howard, Tamara Cauble - Violin
  • Buffi Jacobs, Chris Youmans - Cello
  • Brian Brown, Heather Test - French Horn
  • Deanna Sarkar - Soprano Vocals

Recording personnel[edit]


  • Chris Taylor - Front Photograph
  • Bill Callahan - Lettering and Drawings

External links[edit]