When You Give It Away Song Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu cover art
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Slid out of my dreams like a baby out of the nurse's hands
Onto the hard floor of day
I'd been wearing OJ's gloves and I couldn't get them off
It was too early but I couldn't sleep
Showered and dressed, stepped out into the heat
The parrot things on the porch next door
Announced my arrival on Chartres Street
With their finest rendition of squealing brakes

Down in Kaldi's caf the newspaper headlines promised new revelations
Concerning Prince Charles' Amex account
A morose young man in old-tim Austrian drag
Stares past his long mustache at the ground
And last night's punks and fetish kids
All tattoos and metal bits

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 When You Give It Away
  • 2 Mango
  • 3 Last Night of the World
  • 4 Isn't That What Friends Are For?
  • 5 Down to the Delta
  • 6 The Embers of Eden
  • 7 Blueberry Hill
  • 8 Let the Bad Air Out
  • 9 Look How Far
  • 10 Deep Lake
  • 11 Use Me While You Can


  • credits


    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Bruce Cockburn
    album: Track 1 in album Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu
    release date: 1999-9-14
    popularity : 49 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock
    length: 4:54
    producer: Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
    drums: Gary Craig
    vocal: Lucinda Williams
    mixer: John Whynot
    recorded by: John Whynot
    bass: John Dymond
    organ: Richard Bell
    harmonica: Carlos del Junco
    percussion: Rick Lazar
    trombone: Steven Donald
    handclaps: Sally Sweetland and Bruce Cockburn
    writer: Bruce Cockburn

    Album Information

    label: True North Records
    country(area): Canada
    format: CD
    barcode: 620638018323
    script: Latin