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John Hiatt — Child of the Wild Blue Yonder
Album: Stolen Moments
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6.4

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Total ratings: 335









Released: 1990
Length: 4:15
Plays (last 30 days): 1
She has the wind as a witness
She has feelings that fly by night
She believes in forgiveness
But it's not love if it holds too tight

And you can fly beside her
But you gotta go where your heart says go
She lets the bright lights guide her
Through the rain and the drivin' snow
Where she comes from she don't know

She's a child of the wild blue yonder
Flying out of here
She's a child of the wild blue yonder
Born in an angel's wing

If you see her falling
That's just a little trick she does
She makes a dive for the pain that's calling
Then heads for the clouds like a little dove

She can't help her laughing
She can't stop your crying days
Sometimes it hurts to be having
To hold on a love that surely must fly away

She's a child of the wild blue yonder
Flying out of here
She's a child of the wild blue yonder
Born in an angel's wing

Medicine woman raised her
Spirit father praised her
Through their love she was set free
From a baby kicking and screaming
To a full blood woman dreaming
With the power just to be

She's a child of the wild blue yonder
Flying out of here
She's a child of the wild blue yonder
Born in an angel's wing
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 hayduke2 wrote:

{#Hearteyes}
 

"and the kids in the back are bangin' like Charlie Watts" (what a way of conjuring images!)
One of the all time great songwriters. And a personal fave. And a great live artist. Don't miss him if he's in your neck of the woods.
 Cynaera wrote:
Saw John Hiatt at the L.B. Day Amphitheater in Salem, Oregon in the 80's. He was on a triple-bill with Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughn.  And as much as I adore SRV, Hiatt was just so on top of his game that evening, and the acoustics were so perfect, that he blew everyone away. I went out the next day and bought "Slow Turning" and "Bring the Family," and I'm still listening to them to this day.

How can you hate a guy who writes lyrics like this?

Well, the day was long - now supper's on
The thrill is gone, but something's taking place.
Yeah, the food is cold and your wife feels old
But all hands fold as the two-year old says grace.
She says, "Help the starving children to get well.
But let my brother's hamster burn in hell."
You love your wife and kids - just like your dad did...

 
{#Hearteyes}
You must go and you must ramble
Through every briar and bramble
Till your life is in a shambles
Maybe then you will know
You were born to blunder
Born to wander, born to wonder
Even when you're six feet under
There's place
That you must go


The guy can write lyrics....
He's HOT!  Such a fantastic rock and roll influence.  Pretty much everything by John is "oh yeah!!"!!{#Notworthy}
 squibby wrote:
Sounds like something from the soundtrack of a bad 80's movie

 
It wasn't that bad of a movie: the one where the workaholic widower dad has the daughter who he has no time for. She is a frustrated ballerina and works in a shoe store, enviously selling Capezios to working ballerinas  Eventually, a hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold and a magical, Jamaican pastry chef help her live her dreams.  I think it had Pia Zadora and Jamie Farr in it.  Antonio Fargas played the chef.
First date with my wife 25 years ago was a John Hiatt concert.  It was on Elvis' Birthday and he played Riding With the King. 
 squibby wrote:
Sounds like something from the soundtrack of a bad 80's movie

 
As they drive down the coast with the top down..... hands in the air......
Sounds like something from the soundtrack of a bad 80's movie
Nice to see this one pop back into the playlist.  Thanks Bill!
 Cynaera wrote:
Saw John Hiatt at the L.B. Day Amphitheater in Salem, Oregon in the 80's. He was on a triple-bill with Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughn. 
 
I saw Hiatt on a triple bill with Richard Thompson and Roger McGuinn. JH and RT were amazing and McGuinn was like a zombie.

Saw John Hiatt at the L.B. Day Amphitheater in Salem, Oregon in the 80's. He was on a triple-bill with Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughn.  And as much as I adore SRV, Hiatt was just so on top of his game that evening, and the acoustics were so perfect, that he blew everyone away. I went out the next day and bought "Slow Turning" and "Bring the Family," and I'm still listening to them to this day.

How can you hate a guy who writes lyrics like this?

Well, the day was long - now supper's on
The thrill is gone, but something's taking place.
Yeah, the food is cold and your wife feels old
But all hands fold as the two-year old says grace.
She says, "Help the starving children to get well.
But let my brother's hamster burn in hell."
You love your wife and kids - just like your dad did...
 jbunniii wrote:
I saw John Hiatt live in 1995 in LA, still one of the best concerts I've ever attended.  Always good to hear him on any form of radio!
 
Saw him in Reno.  Great show, and he's a kind, down to earth guy to boot!  Humble, not stuck up and full of himself like many well liked musicians and some listeners here obviously. 

 mfassett wrote:

"Wince in pain"... good lord, how freaking melodramatic.  There's noting "wince" about this.  You may not like it, and that's perfectly cool, but please.  Don't get all physicsgenius for god's sake.  
 
You can try to reason with the unwashed, but it will do you no good.

 cohifi wrote:

Wright.  John isn't talented enuff.

 
Keep smoking your crack.

 musikalia wrote:


Well said.
 
Wright.  John isn't talented enuff.

 pinklife wrote:
  Evolution should have weeded this out long ago.
 

Well said.


I saw John Hiatt live in 1995 in LA, still one of the best concerts I've ever attended.  Always good to hear him on any form of radio!
I'm glad so many people like it, as I think it's just plain boring. Not even bad, but not remarkable - weren't it for the repeating of the chorus.
 Excelsior wrote:

The deaf man's Mellencamp, perhaps.  I am confused as to how anyone could hear the noise that comes out of this guy's mouth and not wince in pain.
 
"Wince in pain"... good lord, how freaking melodramatic.  There's noting "wince" about this.  You may not like it, and that's perfectly cool, but please.  Don't get all physicsgenius for god's sake.  
 Excelsior wrote:

The deaf man's Mellencamp, perhaps. 

 

{#Lol}
 Excelsior wrote:

The deaf man's Mellencamp, perhaps.  I am confused as to how anyone could hear the noise that comes out of this guy's mouth and not wince in pain.
 
And this is from a guy who rates Neil Young, Tom Waits, and Bobby Zimmerman as TENS??

I like all four of these/those guys anyway  - dulcet tones alone do not an artist make...

(Come to think of it, one of my all-time favorite singer/songwriters can't carry a tune in a bucket!)

Anybody wanna venture a guess as to who that might be?  {#Ask}
{#Yell}      Mr.Hiatt,we likes it ! # 8

 TravelRat wrote:
{#Crashcomp}{#Puke}{#No}{#Ass}{#Headache}{#Fire}{#Razz}{#Stop}{#Frustrated}
  I concur.  Evolution should have weeded this out long ago.
{#Crashcomp}{#Puke}{#No}{#Ass}{#Headache}{#Fire}{#Razz}{#Stop}{#Frustrated}
Yes!
canadapaul wrote:
the thinking man's mellencamp

The deaf man's Mellencamp, perhaps.  I am confused as to how anyone could hear the noise that comes out of this guy's mouth and not wince in pain.


superfido wrote:
Yuck :puke: If this isn't from the 80's it should be sent back there. If it is, it should have been left there.
:rolleyes:
the thinking man's mellencamp
Yuck :puke: If this isn't from the 80's it should be sent back there. If it is, it should have been left there.
:-)
Nice hearing this here. Surprisingly, first rating, strong 8.
Roverfish wrote:
I'm having a hard time giving anything by this man less than 7...this one's a solid 8. Nice.
Im having a hard time giving him anything higher than a 3
I'm having a hard time giving anything by this man less than 7...this one's a solid 8. Nice.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
I just keep expecting to hear him bust into "Maybe he's no Romeo, but he's my love and one man show. Whoa oh oh oh! Let's hear it for the boy!!"
:lol: The opening drum beats had me worrying that Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" was coming on!
I just keep expecting to hear him bust into "Maybe he's no Romeo, but he's my love and one man show. Whoa oh oh oh! Let's hear it for the boy!!"
My favorite Hiatt tune :clap: I LOVE this song. I'd also love to hear Seven Little Indians from the same album.
This tune (and album) got me hooked on the powerful and personal songwriting of John Hiatt. He is one of the greats! Please play more! :)
\"Hiatt\'s Regency\"
Seems to me that Hiatt may get a bit more than his fair share of airplay on RP. I\'d swear I hear him at least once, if not twice/day. That said, I really like him. Go figure.
This is one of my favorite Hiatt tunes...a quick little song, its tune and words are just so up beat, can't help but smile when I hear it...Thanks :)