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John Hiatt — Sometime Other Than Now
Album: Slow Turning
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Released: 1988
Length: 4:18
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Maybe your mama didn't treat you right,
Maybe her intentions weren't even very good
Maybe my daddy lay awake at night
Imagining himself in some other neighborhood

Left to our own devices
Like maybe they were too
Out on the open road
And wonderin' what to do

You ask how we got here baby don't ask how
That was sometime other than now

It takes what it takes, that's what they told us girl
We've done a lot of dumb things, we'll probably do some more
On two different paths, runnin' 'round in different worlds
We finally found each other, who we were lookin' for
Now I see my own reflection
When I give my love to you
And it's shot back like an arrow
So straight and true

You ask how we got here baby don't ask how
That was sometime other than now

I'm not leavin' baby
The future's comin' right here and now
And maybe tomorrow we can't take it
I'm not grievin' baby anymore
The past is gone
And we can't fake it, so baby let's make it
With this love of ours somehow

A little bit of fear, you know it goes a long way
It's followed us around since we were little kids
With just a little faith, well maybe baby someday
We will find the strength, the strength to forgive

It don't come all of a sudden
But when it comes at last
You could blink your eyes and miss it
It happens so fast

You ask how we got here baby don't ask how
That was sometime other than now
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my favorite John Hiatt album by far, 
road trip heaven 
 peregrin wrote:
We have both kinds of music: country and western

Next.

 
I wouldn't consider John Hiatt either country or western.  He's more like "roots" or "heartland" rock if one wishes to use such labels.
We have both kinds of music: country and western

Next.
Hiatt's in my top five all-time favorites.

Speaks to me -
 Cynaera wrote:

romeotuma - I'm shocked! We finally disagree on a song.  To me, "Slow Turning" has a thread that connects all the songs. They mostly can stand alone, but it's better if one listens to the whole work from beginning to end - it helps to make songs like this one more easily-accepted (even if it doesn't inspire a person to dance.)
Sorry you're yawning.  Why not head up to the roller-coaster on the roof? That should wake you up again! *hugs you*  {#Dancingbanana}
 

I miss you so much, Cynaera...  this world is now not the same without you...

this umpah, umpah song sux...
 

 mrgus wrote:

Me too... the end.

 
{#Lol}
 2cats wrote:
Something about this song that I really like.
 
Me too... the end.
This song is ho hum to me compared to much of his other stuff.
 lemmoth wrote:

Need a long time Hiatt fan to help me, a newcomer, on where best to start collecting his music,/

 
I always thought Perfectly Good Guitar and Stolen Moments to be excellent and stand-up albums.

Also, please don't forget the drummer, Jim Keltner, helped Little Village be what it is. 
 romeotuma wrote:


umpah, umpah, umpah, yawn...

 
romeotuma - I'm shocked! We finally disagree on a song.  To me, "Slow Turning" has a thread that connects all the songs. They mostly can stand alone, but it's better if one listens to the whole work from beginning to end - it helps to make songs like this one more easily-accepted (even if it doesn't inspire a person to dance.)
Sorry you're yawning.  Why not head up to the roller-coaster on the roof? That should wake you up again! *hugs you*  {#Dancingbanana}
 lemmoth wrote:

Need a long time Hiatt fan to help me, a newcomer, on where best to start collecting his music,/


 
I've read the recs, but I'd say just wade in and buy anything from Hiatt. He's had people covering his songs for a long time, so you'll find some gold, and maybe some fool's gold, but it'll be worth it. My personal favorite is "Slow Turning," but "Bring the Family" is really good, too.

If you're a serious collector, just dive in and buy. (I'd avoid the "best of" stuff because it's usually edited and shortened.)  Get the originals whenever you can.



umpah, umpah, umpah, yawn...



 rabbi_phil wrote:
 
The disc "Little Village" is woefully underappreciated. Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and Nick Lowe. Now that's a starting line-up.Probably the coolest cut  is 'The Action'. But, even more fun is 'Ridin with the King' -Hiatt and Sonny Landreth (It's a Cadillac and a diamond ring; dontcha know we're....)

 
Didn't Eric Clapton do a version of "Ridin' with the King" with B.B. King?  There was a lot of fun interplay between the two of them, and B.B. proved beyond a doubt that he could hold his own against other heavy-hitters.

I SO love RP-Land....{#Music}
 Cynaera wrote:
Ooooh - forgot about Little Village! Calling out to anyone in RP land - if you have some Little Village music, please offer it to the gods of WTF, okay? I'd love to hear anything by them here on RP...  (P.S. - thank you, Bat. I sorta bogarted your post. I am a dork.)
  
The disc "Little Village" is woefully underappreciated. Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and Nick Lowe. Now that's a starting line-up.Probably the coolest cut  is 'The Action'. But, even more fun is 'Ridin with the King' -Hiatt and Sonny Landreth (It's a Cadillac and a diamond ring; dontcha know we're....)

Something about this song that I really like.
 Bat wrote:

I think his first great album was "Bring the Family", which I think was the one that immediately preceded this one.  That same lineup put out an album as a band named "Little Village" (with Hiatt still taking most of the leads).

 Ooooh - forgot about Little Village! Calling out to anyone in RP land - if you have some Little Village music, please offer it to the gods of WTF, okay? I'd love to hear anything by them here on RP...  (P.S. - thank you, Bat. I sorta bogarted your post. I am a dork.)


I first bought "Slow Turning", but "Bring the Family" is wonderful, too. And "Perfectly Good Guitar" is fun - I just love "The Wreck of the Barbie Ferrarri."  His humor is deadly. People slam his vocals, but I think they miss the ready-aim-fire lyrics. I saw him in concert at the L.B. Day Amphitheater in Salem, Oregon. He was with Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughn (one of his final performances) and he just rocked. I wonder if he knew that future plane would crash...

God, I'm tired...
 lemmoth wrote:

Need a long time Hiatt fan to help me, a newcomer, on where best to start collecting his music,/


 
I think his first great album was "Bring the Family", which I think was the one that immediately preceded this one.  That same lineup put out an album as a band named "Little Village" (with Hiatt still taking most of the leads).

 lemmoth wrote:

Need a long time Hiatt fan to help me, a newcomer, on where best to start collecting his music,/


 

I'd start with this album.  The title track (slow turning) is one of his best.

Need a long time Hiatt fan to help me, a newcomer, on where best to start collecting his music,/


Authentic!
 johndarb wrote:
One of my favorite songs of all time.
 
Song not being played now but I just happened upon this comment and I have to agree, it's one of my all-time favorites, too

One of my favorite songs of all time.