Original Versions of Cowboy Junkie Cover Songs:

This page contains the original version of most of the songs
that the Cowboy Junkies have covered - give me a break, I'm almost done ;-)

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The Rising - Bruce Springsteen
Released 2002

The Cowboy Junkies cover You're Missing on 2005's Early 21st Century Blues.

The Junkies debuted their version on March 31, 2005 in Toronto, ON.




Wishing Well- Richie Havens
Released 2002

The Cowboy Junkies cover Handouts In the Rain on their 2005 release Early 21st Century Blues.




A Man Under the Influence -
Alejandro Escovedo
Released 2001

The Cowboy Junkies cover Don't Need You on 2004's POR VIDA: A Tribute to the songs of Alejandro Escovedo




Heartbreaker - Ryan Adams
Released 2000

The Cowboy Junkies have played In My Time Of Need live, first on October 6, 2007.






Tracks - Bruce Springsteen
Released Nov 1998

The Cowboy Junkies cover Brothers Under the Bridge on 2005's Early 21st Century Blues.





Rabbit (2 Cd's) -
The Corndogs
Released 1996

Disc 1, Track 14 is the original version of In the Long Run. Recorded November 1995 in Toronto

The Corndogs are: Brodie Lodge: Drums, Guitar, Voice and Greg Clark: Guitar, Bass and Voice

This is a Latent Recordings CD, Latex - CD12

The Cowboy Junkies version is only available on a CD Single release of A Common Disaster.




Love Is All - The Corndogs
Released 1996

Track 12 is the original version of Love Is All. Words B. Lodge, music G. Clarke

Recorded and mixed at Emac Sound, London Canada , Winter 94/- Spring 95

Cover Painting by Nova Scotian Folk Artist Lorne Reid

The Cowboy Junkies version is only available on as a download from Latent Recordings.

 




No Deeper Blue - Townes Van Zandt
Released 1995

Although it wasn't a true cover since it appeared on Black Eyed Man in 1992, Cowboy Junkies Lament was written by Townes Van Zandt and his version appeared here.

Marie was peformed lived by the Junkies starting in 2007, it has not be recorded.

 



The Next Hundred Years - Ted Hawkins
Released 1994

Performed live by the Cowboy Junkies but so far never released, the only original version of The Good and the Bad by Ted Hawkins I've been able to find was released in 1994 on this CD.




Things Is Changin' -
Fred J. Eaglesmith
& The Flying Squirrels
Released 1993

Track 6 is the original version of Carmelita 4:26
Recorded July through October 1993 at Scott Merritt's (drummer) cottage in Brantford, Ontario

For the Cowboy Junkies version, track down a
CD single of Angel Mine or the Maple Music 1 Compilation.

For more information on Fred visit his site.


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Achtung Baby - U2
Released 1991

Featuring the classic version of One which the Junkies first performed live on March 31, 2005 and released on Early 21st Century Blues.


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The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 -
Bob Dylan
Released 1991

Featuring the original version of If You Gotta Go, Go Now which appears on Rarities, B-Sides and Slow Sad Waltzes.

For more information on Bob Dylan visit his site.

 




Bug - Dinosaur Jr.
Released 1988

Track 8 featured the original version of
The Post which was covered on Pale Sun, Crescent Moon




Miss America -
Mary Margaret O'Hara
Released 1988

Track 11 featured the original version of
You will be loved again, written in 1983,
which was covered on The Caution Horses




Infidels - Bob Dylan
Released 1983

Contains the original version of License to Kill, which the Cowboy Junkies first performed live in concert on March 31, 2005 and released on Early 21st Century Blues.

 



Nebraska -
Bruce Springsteen
Released 1982

Track 6 is State Trooper which was covered on
Whites Off Earth Now !!.

Track 9 is the original version of My Father's House which was covered on Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes

For more information on Bruce Springsteen visit his site.



Seventeen Seconds -
The Cure
Released 1980

Cover version of Seventeen Seconds by the Cowboy Junkies available originally as a download only - October 2003 and then on neath your covers, part 1.

The following quote is from Michael Timmins from the official Cowboy Junkies message board: "The album 17 Seconds was a big influence on Alan (Anton) and my music when we were living in the UK...this cover song is a tip of the hat to an era of music that shaped a lot of what we do now"



Rust Never Sleeps -
Neil Young
Released 1979

Track 6 features the original version of Powderfinger which was covered on The Caution Horses

It's hard to tell who's been a bigger influence on the band, Bruce Springsteen or Neil Young.

For more information on Neil Young visit his site.





Fear of Music - Talking Heads
Released 1979

David Bryne wrote Heaven for this album, a song available for download from Latent Recordings starting on April 17, 2007 as part of 'neath the covers part 2. So far it is never been played live by the Junkies.



Flyin' Shoes - Townes Van Zandt
Released 1978

Track 8 is the original version of Flyin' Shoes, first performed live by the Junkies in March 2007 and available for download from Latent Recordings.



Tonight's The Night -
Neil Young
Released 1975

Track 11 features the original version of Tired Eyes which was covered on Out of the Blue: An Acoustical Tribute




Zuma - Neil Young
Released 1975

Features the original version of Cortez The Killer which was released for download on Latent Recordings in 2007.




Born To Run- Bruce Springsteen
Released 1975

Thunder Road, just one of the many classics on this record, was covered on 2004's neath your covers, part 1.




Dreaming My Dreams-
Waylon Jennings
Released 1975

Track 10 is Dreaming My Dreams With You which was written by Allen Reynolds and was covered on The Trinity Session




Grevious Angel -
Gram Parsons
Released 1974

Track 8 is Ooh Las Vegas which was covered on
Return of the Grevious Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons

 





The Late Great Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
Released 1973



The Cowboy Junkies have performed If I Needed You live, but to this point the song has never been released.



High, Low and In Between -
Townes Van Zandt
Released 1972

There is no debate that the biggest influence
on the Cowboy Junkies was the time they spent touring, drinking and playing dice with Townes Van Zandt.

Track 4 is the original version of Highway Kind which was covered on Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

Track 7 is the original version of To Live is to Fly which was cover on Black Eyed Man. For more information go to Townes Van Zandt



Garcia - Jerry Garcia
Released 1972

Track 8 is the original version of To Lay Me Down.

The Cowboy Junkies version appears on the tribute album 'Deadicated' and on the Rarities and B-Sides CD.

The band are not big fans of The Gratetful Dead, but liked this song so they recorded it when asked to contribute to the tribute album.



I'm Not Looking Back -
Ray Agee

Released on album in 1985
original recording circa 1971

Track 8 on side B is the original version of Hard to Explain which was covered on Pale Sun, Crescent Moon

This song was recorded in Ike Turner's
studio in Inglewood, California. David T. Walker plays guitar, Ray Agee on vocals and the other musicians are listed on the album as unknown.

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David Wiffen - David Wiffen
Released 1971

Contains the original version of Lost My Driving Wheel. It was also re-recorded and released on David's 1999 CD 'South of Somewhere'.

The Cowboy Junkies version appears on 'Studio' and the collection 'Born to Choose'. There is also a terrific live version on '200 more miles'.

The Junkies version of this song was actually inspired by Tom Rush's cover of the song.



Blue - Joni Mitchell
Released 1971

Blue is one of Margo Timmins favorite albums. It contains the original version of River which was first performed live by the Junkies on February 1, 2006 at a Joni Mitchell tribute show at Carnegie Hall and a studio version was released on Latent Recordings in 2007.



Imagine - John Lennon
Released 1971

Contains the original version of I Don't Want To Be A Soldier, released on 2005's Early 21st Century Blues.



Delta Momma Blues - Townes Van Zandt
Released 1971

Contains the original version of Rake, first performed live in March 2007 and available for download from Latent Recordings.



All Things Must Pass -
George Harrison
Released 1970

Contains the original version of Isn't It A Pity,
which was first performed live by the Cowboy Junkies on May 27, 2004 in Toronto, ON and was released on 2005's Early 21st Century Blues.



Deja vu -Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Released 1970

A classic album, featuring Neil Young's Helpless, which was covered on the Junkies neath your covers, part 1 EP in 2004.







Loaded/1969 -
The Velvet Underground
Released 1970 and 1974



Loaded, released in 1970, contains the first available version of Sweet Jane which was covered on The Trinity Session



Released in 1974, "1969" contains live performances of the Velvet Underground, and this is the version of Sweet Jane that the Cowboy Junkies based their highly successful cover on. The versions are very similar, Michael Timmins has said that this is one of the 'straightest' covers the band has ever done.

 



Gilded Palace of Sin -
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Released 1969

Track 8 is Hot Burrito # 1
which was covered on 'Live'.

 



Sticky Fingers-
The Rolling Stones
Released 1969

Track 9 features the original version of Dead Flowers

The Cowboy Junkies cover version is available only on the 'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel' CD single.



Townes Van Zandt-
Townes Van Zandt
Released 1969

Track 6 is Lungs

The Cowboy Junkies cover version was first available on the 'First Recollection' CD single and later on 2004's neath your covers, part 1.



Elephant Mountain-
The Youngbloods
Released 1969



The Cowboy Junkies cover version of the Jesse Colin Young penned Darkness, Darkness is available only on a bonus CD neath your covers, part 1, available with their 2004 release One Soul Now.




For the Sake of the Song -
Townes Van Zandt
Released 1968



The Cowboy Junkies have performed Waiting Around to Die live, but to this point the song has never been released.



Lightfoot! - Gordon Lightfoot-
Released 1966

Track 3 on Side A of Gordon's first ever album Lightfoot! in 1966 was The Way I Feel, covered by the Cowboy Junkies on
Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot.

The song was re recorded in Nashville for Gordon's second album and it became the title track The cover shown here is from a German CD with both albums on 1 CD, the picture is taken from the original album Lightfoot!

The Way I Feel was also covered by John Bottomley on his CD Songs with the Ornamental Hermits (1992) and he performed it live a number of times in the early 90's. Margo Timmins used John's version as her inspiration for the Junkies cover version.



Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Released 1965

Run For Your Life is the last song on Side B and was covered in 2005 by the Cowboy Junkies on "This Bird Has Flown" a 40th Anniversary Tribute CD.




Mississippi Blues - Bukka White
Australian CD Released 1996
Original Recording 1963 in Memphis


The Junkies cover version of Baby Please Don't Go was released on Whites Off Earth Now!! and credited Bukka White with writing this song, although it is impossible to verify the origins of the song beyond that.



Bad Boy - Larry Williams
Single released late 1950's

Originally written and recorded by Larry Williams, Bad Boy was made famous by the cover version by The Beatles.

The Cowboy Junkies cover version of Bad Boy is available only as an unlabelled track from the live CD 200 More Miles.



Walkin' After Midnight
- Patsy Cline
Released 1957

Patsy Cline's first big hit Walkin' After Midnight was covered by the Cowboy Junkies on their landmark album The Trinity Session.




Coast to Coast Blues Band
Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace
John Lee Hooker

this collection 1971,
original recordings 1948-1952

A true blues legend, John Lee Hooker recorded an incredible volume of music over his years, delighting different generations of blues fans with his albums and live performances.

The Cowboy Junkies cover Decoration Day,
I'll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive and
Forgive Me on Whites Off Earth Now !!



The Complete Recordings
Robert Johnson
,
this collection 1990,
original recordings 1936-1937

It's impossible to overstate the importance of Robert Johnson's influence on modern music. Led Zeppelin 'borrowed' his music note for note. The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and countless others listened to these songs and then made them their own.

The Cowboy Junkies cover Me and The Devil and Crossroads on Whites Off Earth Now !! and have performed 32-20 Blues and I Believe I'll Dust My Broom live.

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Last update: October 14, 2007
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