Cowboy Junkies songs that have appeared on various collections

God Don’t Never Change:
The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
Released February 23,2016

Track 4: Jesus Is Coming Soon

Michael Timmins: “We started working around a sample of Johnson singing the chorus, building the arrangement around his vocals. We were going to take him out, but it made such a big difference in the energy of the song every time he came around in the chorus, we decided to keep it in. He sings harmonies with Margo from beyond the grave.”

Available on Vinyl, CD and Digital Download on Alligator Records
Paint It Black: An Alt Country Tribute To The Rolling Stones
Released May 17,2011

Track 3: Moonlight Mile

Recorded in 2009, the Junkies first performed this live on June 29, 2009 in Northampton. From the Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers

Digital Download Only
Joey’s Song: Volume 1
Fundraiser for The Epilepsy Foundation
Released January 25, 2011

Track 9: This Street, That Man, This Life

Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Jeff Bird
Previously unreleased acoustic version

CD and Digital Download
Garth Hudson Presents A Canadian Celebration of The Band
Released November 16, 2010

Track 6: Clothes Line Saga

Margo Timmins Vocals, Michael Timmins Guitar
Peter Timmins Drums, Alan Anton Bass
with Garth Hudson on Keyboards

the Rounder Records Story
Various Artists
Released October 10, 2010

4 CD Box Set, CD # 4 the 2000’s Track 12: Small Swift Birds

Rounder Records 11661-3295-2
The Village: A celebration of the music of Greenwich Village
November 2009

Track 11: Once I Was

A cover of the Tim Buckley song – Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Michael Timmins
Margo Timmins Vocals, Michael Timmins Guitar
Peter Timmins Drums, Alan Anton Bass
Noel Webb Piano, Aaron Goldstein Pedal Steel Guitar

429 Records
Northern Songs: Canada’s best & brightest
September 2008

Track 3: Sweet Jane

Starbuck’s Entertainment
Uncut Magazine (UK): Like a Hurricane
December 2007 Issue

Track 14: Tired Eyes

UNCUT 2007 12
Uncut Magazine (UK): Playlist
May 2007 Issue

Track 5: Brand New World
Taken from the Cooking Vinyl album At The End of Paths Taken

UNCUT 2007 05
Delicatessen 7: Cooking Vinyl
Promo Release Early 2006

Track 7: Brothers Under The Bridge
From the album Early 21st Century Blues

GRILLCD024P Made in England

This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to Rubber Soul
Released Oct 25, 2005

Track 14: Run For Your Life (Lennon/McCartney)

Margo Timmins – vocal, Michael Timmins – guitar
Peter Timmins – drums, Alan Anton – bass
The Clubhouse Quartet – back-up vocals

Produced & Engineered by Michael Timmins, Mixed by Jeff Wolpert

The Cowboy Junkies appear courtesy of Rounder Records
This song is currently not available elsewhere
Thunder Road: Tracks Inspired by The Boss
November 2005 Issue of Uncut

Track 4: You’re Missing

CD included with Nov ’05 Issue of Uncut Magazine. “From their spooked version of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” to their extraordinary take on “Blue Moon” via an improbable stab at Dinosaur Jr’s “The Post”, nobody has a way with covers like Toronto’s Cowboy Junkies. Although in Michael Timmins they have a fine songwriter, he has just two credits on their latest release Early 21st Century Blues. Among the other tracks are their versions of songs by Dylan, U2 and Lennon – plus this haunting take on Springsteen’s “You’re Missing” from The Rising, with a typically desolate vocal from Margo Timmins. They’ve also previously cover The Boss’ “State Trooper”.

Other Voices 3
Released 2005

Track 12: Misguided Angel

Recorded live December 4, 2004 in Dingle, County Kerry
Margo, Michael, Jeff & Jaro

Small photos of each artist inside the front cover, Margo show here.

Hummingbird Productions 5 099386 248620
Rounder: New Music Sampler
2005 Promo Issue

Track 8: December Skies

Early 21st Century Blues is filled with a very special intimacy unmatched since the Junkies released their landmark The Trinity Session album 18 years ago. Featuring interpretations of songs from artists such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon, plus two new Junkies originals, Early 21st Century Blues is the Junkies’ own “small document of hope” for the times we live in.

ROUNDER 11671-8140-2
Take Root Festival DVD
Recorded October 2, 2004
Available Late 2004
The full band plus Jaro and Jeff played this festival in Assen, The Netherlands. It was about a 1 hour set but only these 2 songs made this DVD compliation.

19. Pale Sun
20. Helpless
August/September 2004

Track 17: Stars of Our Stars

From the inside cover: “One Soul Now is the first album the Cowboy Junkies have recorded on their own, without any outside producers or engineers. Driven by the guitar of Michael Timmins and the smoky vocals by this sister, Margo, the album addresses universal themes and questions about life today.” For the record, there are no Prince songs on the CD.
POR VIDA: A Tribute to the songs of Alejandro Escovedo
released July 27, 2004

Disc 1 (of 2), Track 9: Don’t Need You

Margo Timmins: Vocals, Michael Timmins: Guitars and backing vox
Peter Timmins: Drums, Alan Anton: Bass
Jaro Czerwinec: Accordion

Produced and Engineered by Michael Timmins, Mixed by Jeff Wolpert
Recorded at The Clubhouse, Toronto, Canada
Rounder 2004 Sampler
released 2004

Track 6: The Stars of Our Stars

Free CD at Tower Records with the purchase of any 2 Rounder CD’s. A good little collection including Sarah Harmer, Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip.

11671 8084-2
PASTE Magazine
June/July 2004

A sampler CD is included with each copy of the magazine. For more more on Paste, visit Paste Magazine

Track 6. Stars of Our Stars
BACK TO MINE: Death In Vegas

Track 10. Sweet Jane

Another re-release of the original Trinity Session version

released September 2003

Track 1: The Way I Feel

Recorded at: The Clubhouse, Engineered & Produced by: Michael Timmins, Mixed by Jeff Wolpert

“When my wife first moved from Virginia to Toronto she couldn’t figure out why she kept running into people named Gord. I told her that there are two things that Canadians take seriously: hockey and music. So I introduced her to a picture of Gordie Howe and played her some Gordon Lightfoot. Howe, she had never heard of, but to the Lightfoot song her response was, ‘oh, he’s Canadian?’…typical American response, typical Canadian superstar.” – Michael Timmins

the very best of country
Released 2003

Disc 2, track 7 ‘Cause Cheap Is How I Feel

“Canada’s Cowboy Junkies came from a rock background to create their own unique take on American roots music and reclaim country music’s legacy for a new hip generation – just as Gram Parsons had done two decades earlier. Written by Michael Timmins, ‘Cause Cheap Is How I Feel comes from their 1990 album The Caution Horses and features the haunting voice of Margo Timmins.”

NSCDD 2006
I Remember That
Australian release 2003

A 2 CD collection of hits from the 70’s and 80’s
Disc 2, track 15: Sweet Jane

This CD also features Bruce Cockburn

Maple Music One
released Summer 2002

A collection of songs by Canadian artists

Track 16. Carmelita 3:47
Written by Fred Eaglesmith, Published by Bash Music
Courtesy of absolutely no one

Produced by: Michael Timmins, Photo Credit: Richard Belland

This song is only available elsewhere on the CD single for Angel Mine.
Juno Awards: 2002 Nominee Collection
Promo release 2002

A 2 CD release featuring the nominated songs from the 2002 Juno Awards (the Canadian version of the Grammys). The awards were presented on Sunday April 14, 2002.

Disc 1, Track 5: I’m So Open
Saucy & Sublime
Restoration Hardware
released 2002

A strange collection of songs including Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison and Listen to the Music by the
Doobie Brothers.

Track 5. Small Swift Birds
Delicatessen 4
released 2002

13. I’m So Open (Single Edit) 2:59

The inside booklet contains a small picture of the cover of Open and the following comments: “If anyone can claim to be the godfathers of, it’s Cowboy Junkies.” Q

Cooking Vinyl, Made in the U.K.
Uncut Hard Rain Vol 2: A Tribute to Bob Dylan
released circa 2002

Track 13. If You Gotta Go, Go Now

From Uncut Magazine

Coast to Coast
released April 2002

5. beneath the gate

A collection of songs featuring female singers. Included is Heartbreak Even by Ani DiFranco.

Balling The Jack
The Birth of the nu-blues
released 2002

track 18. Postcard Blues

Poet: a tribute to Townes Van Zandt
released Summer 2001

All lyrics and music composed by Townes Van Zandt.
Track 4. Highway Kind 6:06

FFE 7019 2
Loose new sounds of the old west volume 3
released Summer 2001

“Misguided Angel” first appeared on “The Trinity Session”, an album recorded around a solitary microphone in Toronto’s Holy Trinity Church. In an era when most bands seemed concerned only with lipstick and powders, they resurrected Hank Williams, calmed him down and then introduced him to Lou Reed. The result was one of the greatest albums of the 1980’s. This live version is taken from ‘Waltz Across America’
Track 20 Misguided Angel

CMJ New Music Monthly
July 2001

Track 14. I’m So Open

“Lonesome, moody sentiments swirling with sweet harmonies, smoldering feedback and fluttering keyboards.”

Rounder Records: New Release Sampler
May 2001

Track 1. Bread and Wine
Track 2. I’m So Open

Rounder CD PR1229 P

Uncut Vol 2. Gimme Shelter
16 Amazing Covers of Classic Songs by The Rolling Stones
released 2001

Track 3. Dead Flowers

From Uncut Magazine, 16 tracks total

The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol 2.
May Your Song Always Be Sung Again
released 2001

Track 4. If You Gotta Go, Go Now

Australian release, BMG 74321 84693 2

You’re Invited to a special live performance
released early 2001

6 studio tracks including:
Track 1. Bread and Wine
Track 2. I’m So Open

from the upcoming Cowboy Junkies album Open. The Rounder Records Group Celebrating Our 30th Anniversary

Rounder CD PR1224 P
Uncut Feb 2001
released Jan 2001

Track 8. Sweet Jane

This is the live version from Waltz Across America. The CD is included with the magazine

UNCUT UG-26 32
MapleMusic Compilation
Released 2000

Track 1. Hollow As A Bone (revisited)

It appears this is the same live version as on Waltz Across America, a limited release collection from the very early days of MapleMusic.

Released March 2000

Track 8. 200 more miles

Fallen Angels
Released 2000

Track 3. Powderfinger

Two Unreleased Gram Parsons Tracks are the other highlights of this collection

Uncut Volume 10
CD with Nov issue of Magazine
released November 1999

Track 7. I Saw Your Shoes
Taken from Rarities, B-Sides and Slow Sad Waltzes

UNCUT UG-11 17
Return of the grievous angel: a tribute to Gram Parsons
released 1999

Track 2. Ooh Las Vegas 5:21

Written by Gram Parsons/Rick Grech
Featuring the band plus David Houghton on percussion. Produced by Michael Timmins. Recorded at Chemical Sound, Toronto. Not available elsewhere.

Summer KPIG Roast
Promo release 1999
Track 2. Ooh Las Vegas 5:21

This promo CD also includes Ain’t Leavin’ Your Love – Townes Van Zandt and Rodeo Boy – Fred Eaglesmith

Girls Rule Volume 1
Released 1999

Track 4. Anniversary Song
Another in a string of collections

BMG DPC12450

Lilith Fair, Volume 2
A Celebration of Women in Music

released May 1999, recorded 1998
Track 11. Miles from Our Home 4:17

No information as to where or when this version was recorded has been included, although it appears to be from late August 1998 and features Karin and Linford from Over The Rhine.

Nettwerk 0 6700 30137 27
30 Hour Famine: a benefit compilation – World Vision
Released in 1998

Track 14. Sad to See the Season Go 5:18

This song was originally written for the Miles from Our Home record. An alternate version is available on the Rarities CD, this version is only available here.

Nettwerk 06700 30126 2 1
Zomba Music Services
New Music Sampler 1999
Promo Release 1998

A 16 track collection also featuring such diverse artists as Limp Lizkit and Daft Punk.

Track 1. New Dawn Coming studio version from Miles from Our Home
MuchMoreMusic: Great Music On Television
Released in 1998

CD 1, Track 16. A Common Disaster
Much More Music is a Canadian video TV station, this is a 2 CD set.

The Enchanted Tour
Released 1998

Disc 2, Track 2. New Dawn Coming

Coupons for this CD were given out during Stevie Nick’s Enchanted Tour of the U.S. in 1998. This 2 CD set includes the studio version of New Dawn Coming.
Everything Is Beautiful
Promo Release 1998

Track 10. New Dawn Coming

Taken from Miles From Our Home

Geffen PRO-CD-1218
American Eagle Outfitters: The Blue Album – Volume 2
Released in 1998

Track 11. Hollow As A Bone

Taken from Miles From Our Home
American Eagle Outfitters: The Blue Album
Released in 1998

Track 9. New Dawn Coming 4:12

From Miles From Our Home

Music That Changes Our Lives: Pop/Rock
Promo Release 1998

Track 12. A Common Disaster 3:21
From Miles From Our Home

Universal: UMG3P-21138
Huckleberry House: 30th Anniversary Jam
Released in 1997

“Thirty years ago (1967) Huckleberry House opened in the Haight Ashbury District of San Francisco. During the summer of love and became the first runaway shelter for youth in the country. To musically commemorate our anniversary, we’ve produced our first ever benefit CD as an independent, in house project through our agency, Huckleberry Youth Programs. Many of the artists involved have been friends of Huckleberry House over the years and a major influence to our youth clients.”

Track 6. Speaking Confidentially 4:05 from Lay It Down
Music for Lawn, Lunch on Limbo
Promo Release 1996

Track 1. Angel Mine

PRO-CD-4904 Made in USA
New Folk Generation
K-Tel Collection
Released in 1996
Track 7. Sweet Jane 3.36

K-TEL 6143-2
Earth Day 1996
Released for Earth Day April 22, 1996

Track 8. Love’s Still There 3:24

This song was not available on a studio release until Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes. Available for purchase in HMV stores in Canada during 1996.

Bruce Springsteen Songbook
Released 1996

Track 10. State Trooper

Oh What A Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music
Released for the 25th Anniversary of the Juno Awards in 1996

This is a 4 CD set, disc 1 featuring: Track 18. Misguided Angel

Grooves volume thirteen
Released 1996

Track 11. Angel Mine

A collection of artists available at Music Boulevard.

Michael calls “Angel Mine” a “weird nod” to The Trinity Session’s “Misguided Angel”; as in the earlier song, the narrator of “Angel Mine” protests the unreasonable demand for any sort of heavenly perfection in love – she’ll settle for a love that involves only earthly passion and dedication.

Manufactured for Time-Life Music by Sony Music Special Products
Hang The DJ: Modern Rock 1988
Released September 1996

Track 14. Sweet Jane
CMJ New Music: Volume 32
April 1996

Track 3. Speaking Confidentially
Not many bands make it to their 10th anniversary, and even fewer remain relevant at that age. The COWBOY JUNKIES manage to accomplish both with the release of their latest album, the stark Lay It Down (Geffen). “Speaking Confidentially” is a semi-funky track off the new album, propelled by Margo Timmins’ haunting melodies and some perfectly eerie string arrangements. Production by John Keane (R.E.M., Indigo Girls) has also finally captured all the nuances of the band’s unassuming live power.
Swag Volume 1
Promo Release 1996

Track 12. Lonely Sinking Feeling
From Lay It Down

The song is incorrectly labeled on the CD as Lay It Down

Torch Songs: The Unofficial Music of the 1996 Summer Games
Promo Release 1996

Track 2. Come Calling (His song) 3:34
From Lay It Down

Buy Products 2: Brief Encounters
Released 1996

Track 19. Speaking Confidentially
Critics are calling Lay It Down their best record since The Trinity Session’s languidly seductive grooves launched them from the obscurity of their garage in Canada. Margo Timmins’ vocals are “remarkable…ethereal and cool” (Rolling Stone) and Michael Timmins shows himself to be a “formidable musical poet” (The New Yorker)

Promo Only: Modern Rock March 96
Promo Release 1996

A promo only release from Warner Brother Records

Track 13. A Common Disaster
Undercover: The Songs of Lou Reed
Released 1996

A promo only release from Warner Brother Records

Track 6. Sweet Jane 3:39

white roots: From American Folk to Country Rock
Released 1996

From the inside liner notes: “Cause Cheap Is How I Feel” is typical of the Cowboy Junkies whimsical style and delicate patchwork of country, blues and folk.

Track 18. ‘Cause Cheap Is How I Feel

BMG UK 74321 38295 2
Love is… Reflections on Life and Love
Released 1995

Track 14. Anniversary Song

BMG Canada 74321-33409-2
Sounds of the 80’s: 1988-1989
Released 1995

Track 8. Sweet Jane
“Lead singer Margo Timmins delivered the words with a sleepy sensuousness that made Lou Reed’s deadpan delivery on the original seem charged-up by comparison. And in its version of the song, the band restored – much to the Reed’s delight – the missing “days of wine and roses” verse that had been crudely edited, without Reed’s consent, from the Velvets’ 1970 recording.”

CBGB’s 20th Anniversary
Not released in North America, scheduled for 1994

All songs on this album were recorded live during the CBGB’s 20th anniversary celebration Dec. ’93 – Jan. ’94.

The top picture is a copy of a promo tape, the bottom pictures are from the CD.

Cassette Side B, track 5, CD Track 11: ‘Cause Cheap Is How I Feel

Photo of Margo from inside the CD artwork.

BMG Australia CD 74321226062
Borrowed Tunes or Out of the Blue: a tribute to Neil Young
Released in 1994

Track 15. Tired Eyes

Margo Timmins: Vocals, Michael Timmins: guitar
Jeff Bird: harmonica, Produced by: Michael Timmins
Engineered by: Jeff Bird, Recorded at Ty Tyfru, Guelph
Publishing: Silver Fiddle Music, Cowboy Junkies appear courtesy of RCA Records

This is available as 1 CD called Out of the Blue or as part of a 2 CD set called Borrowed Tunes, both CD’s consist of Neil Young covers by Canadian Artists. Profits are being donated to The Bridge School, located in San Francisco and the Safehaven Project for Community Living in Toronto.
the album network: CD Tune Up #111
Promo Release February 14, 1994

Track 9. Hard to Explain

The booklet contains the following: It has been five years since Cowboy Junkies burst onto the alternative rock scene with their second offering, The Trinity Session. Three albums later, this Toronto band has hit its stride with Pale Sun, Crescent Moon, which has been a Top 3 smash at Adult Rock Radio. Guest guitarist Ken Myhr’s energetic fret-board runs and Margo Timmins’ dynamic vocal delivery make “Hard to Explain” appealing to Rock Radio as well.
Born to Choose
Released in 1993

Track 10. Lost My Driving Wheel 6:26, written by David Wiffen

Recorded at Grant Avenue Studios, Hamilton, ON during the making of The Caution Horses. Also available (same version) on ‘Studio’

Alan Anton -Bass, Margo Timmins – Vocals
Michael Timmins – Guitar, Peter Timmins – Drums
Jeff Bird – 8 string bass and Harmonica, Spencer Evans – Organ
Ken Myhr – Guitar

Spread the Jam
Promo Release December 1993

A 4 CD collection. Spread the Jam is a bi-monthly compilation that is dedicated to exposing new talent through in-store play.

Disc 1 Rock, Track 5. Ring on the Sill
Certain Damage
Released in November 1993

A 2 CD collection by The College Music Journal. Disc 2, Track 5. Floorboard Blues

When Margo Timmins opens her mouth to sing, it’s as if all the weariness, suffering and pathos of the world were poised to come sighing out. “Floorboard Blues”, the first single from the Cowboy Junkies new record Pale Sun, Crescent Moon, is another instant classic of sorrow and alienation, once again mining a spooky country-blues rock vein halfway between the blues of Robert Johnson and the tears of Patsy Cline.

Rubber Sole
Promo Cassette Only Release 1992

Side 1, Song 1: This Street, That Man, This Life from Black Eyed Man

It’s Blues Vol III
Virgin Music Release 1992

Track 4. Me and the Devil
This is the studio version from Whites Off Earth Now!!

Virgin 263149 Manufactured in Germany
The Best Tape Mix Ever
BMG/RCA Promo Release 1992

Track 9. This Street, That Man, This Life

Despite the name, this is a promo CD.

This is a rare live version, only available elsewhere on Live!

BMG USA: RDJ 66092-2
Artist on the Move
BMG Promo Release 1992

Track 17. Horse In The Country

Cowboy Junkies “A Horse In The Country” from the fourth album “Black Eyed Man”

With the success of the first single and video to “Southern Rain”, Cowboy Junkies is poised for another critically acclaimed album. “Black Eyed Man” has already surpassed gold status, debuting on the record’s retail album chart at no.18*. “A Horse In The Country” is the second single from the album.


Deadicated: a tribute to the Grateful Dead
Released April 1991

Track 11. To Lay Me Down

Inside booklet photo by Chris Buck/Impact Visuals
Margo Timmins: Vocals, Michael Timmins: Guitar
Peter Timmins: Drums, Alan Anton: Bass
Jeff Bird: Harmonica and Mandolin

Kim Deschamps: Pedal Steel Guitar & Dobro, Jaro Czerwinec: Accordion

This song was only available here until it appeared on the Cowboy Junkies rarities CD in 1999. A portion of proceeds went to the Rainforest Action Network and Cultural Survival.

Arista ARCD-8669
Q The Album
Released April 1991

A two album or 2 CD collection from Q Magazine

Disc 2, Track 16. Powderfinger

Spring Breakers
Promo Release 1989

Track 5. Misguided Angel 4:58
Track 6: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 5:24

A promo release featuring 2 songs from 5 different bands. The inside cover includes the following “Since they formed two years ago, Cowboy Junkies’ music has been referred to as “post-modern melancholy”. The band pares their musical arrangements down to the essence of country, folk and blues, baring the song’s soul and capturing the core of its meaning. Built around the ethereal, plaintive voice of Margo Timmins and the simple, accomplished guitar work of brother Michael, they draw their audience, as one listener puts it, “further and further into a hypnotic whirlpool of sound”. Joining Margo and Michael in the band are brother Peter (drums) and lifelong friend Alan Anton (bass)”.

BMG Canada KCD1-7128
Re-stocking Time
Promo Release 1988

Track 12. Misguided Angel

A promotional CD from BMG Canada, this CD also includes Samantha Fox,
Jeff Healey and the Breit Brothers.

BMG Canada KCD1-7126

It Came From Canada 4
Vinyl Released 1988 OG17

Although it was recorded the same day as the rest of the album, The Latent Records version of The Trinity Session did not include Blue Moon Revisited. The song was left out to ensure the record didn’t run too long and reduce the quality of the vinyl.

Blue Moon Revisited first appeared as part of this collection, song 5 of side two, distributed by Og Records of Montreal. When The Trinity Session was re-issued by RCA/BMG, Blue Moon Revisited was included.

From the back cover of the album: COWBOY JUNKIES have been described as ‘like listening to molasses,’ which is about right: slow, dark, sweet. They’re also a bit psychedelic and strangely disturbing, unlike molasses. From Toronto. Margo Timmins, vocal; Michael Timmins, guitar; Alan Anton, bass; Peter Timmins, drums. Recorded at Trinity.

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