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John Hiatt — Alone in the Dark
Album: Bring The Family
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Released: 1987
Length: 4:36
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's a lonely picture
Of an empty glass
It's a still life study
Of a drunken ass
And he howls at the moon
Hoping the sun don't come up too fast

I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone on my knees at last
Alone in the dark

It's extreme self pity
And frozen fear
'cause I want you with me
And you're not here
So I rub my nose in it babe
'til the roses smell just like death

I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone and drawing whisky breath
Alone in the dark

My head is spinning baby what went wrong
I swear to God I tried
Just turned around one day and you were gone
Now these tears I have to cry
Alone in the dark baby, I'm all alone,
I'm all alone, I'm all alone

Since the night you left
I just couldn't stand myself anyway

I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone on my knees at last
Alone in the dark

I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone in the dark now baby
I'm all alone on my knees at last
Alone in the dark
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 jukes1 wrote:
 snitramc wrote:
As a proud resident of Gary, IN, I'll take "Who is a Hoosier?" for $100 Alex.


Axl Rose
John Mellancamp
Mike Pence
 
Michael Jackson
David Lee Roth
Crystal Gayle
Wendell Wilke
 snitramc wrote:
As a proud resident of Gary, IN, I'll take "Who is a Hoosier?" for $100 Alex.


Axl Rose
John Mellancamp
Mike Pence
As a proud resident of Gary, IN, I'll take "Who is a Hoosier?" for $100 Alex.
Buster Sidebury (Keltner) is the most unsung drum hero in Rock.
First thought it was Sonny Landreth on slide
Love Keltner on this
Love the opening . . .  and then she falls a bit flat . . . 
I find his voice to be grating — an affectation designed to annoy.
" you can call it Little Village if you want to muthafucker!"
 copymonkey wrote:


Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. Later released a really good record as a band called 'Little Village".

 
I got to see them live. I imagine it was tough for those fantastic musicians to be thought of as Hiatt's band on that tour. He handled most of the vocals IIRC, which wasn't fair to Ry or Nick.
 kcar wrote:


I was just gonna post that this would be great striptease music. Apparently Hollywood beat me to the punch. 

 
Except it's about his wife who killed herself, leaving him alone in the dark. Kinda ruins it for me.
Wonder lass is there.
 Dog_Ear wrote:
In 1987, John Hiatt, clean and sober and looking for an American record deal, was asked by an A&R man at a British label to name his dream band. After a little thought, Hiatt replied that if he had his druthers, he'd cut a record with Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. To Hiatt's surprise, he discovered all three were willing to work on his next album; Hiatt and his dream band went into an L.A. studio and knocked off Bring the Family in a mere four days, and the result was the best album of Hiatt's career. The musicians certainly make a difference here, generating a lean, smoky groove that's soulful and satisfying …  » Read more

 

That is the Little Village lineup as well  {#Notworthy}
 Stingray wrote:
John Hiatt is the one man who always comes close,
but NEVER-NEVER really makes it!

With the final edge, the final 15% he's missing,
he could be a star!

Avarage song a thousand people could have sung, played and composed!

 
Awards, many hits written, many hits sung, many hits covered, 20+ studio albums, the respect of his peers, and tribute albums (including the likes of: Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, BB King, Roseanne Cash, Emmilou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Buddy Guy) in his name. 

Too bad he never-never really made it.  He could've been a star.
Bonnie Raitt does a better John Hiatt. 
 drivingunit103 wrote:
Jamie Lee Curtis does this some justice in "True Lies". Who'da thought...

 

I was just gonna post that this would be great striptease music. Apparently Hollywood beat me to the punch. 
Very nice guitar riffs so 8 is appropriate

Everything from John Hiatt just clicks with me.  Lovin those blues.


I think it is Ry Cooder on slide guitar. Can't beat that.
 
Yeah!
Me likey like, very much!
{#Dancingbanana_2} 
 BazH wrote:
Not really into John Hiatt but this is excellent. 9. Will check the album out. 

RP are playing some great music today.

 
Hiatt is worth your attention. Silly at times, dead serious and moving at others. He's a real mature songwriter.

"Bring the Family" is great, and so is "Riding with the King."  

This song, I think, is about his previous wife who'd committed suicide.
Great song. We just saw John Hiatt in concert and he just keeps getting better. We love this man and we love RP!
 drivingunit103 wrote:
Jamie Lee Curtis does this some justice in "True Lies". Who'da thought...

 
{#Yes}  {#Yes}  {#Yes}
niiiiiiiiice.
Love that whiplash guitar!
Not really into John Hiatt but this is excellent. 9. Will check the album out. 

RP are playing some great music today.
Not bad!
It doesn't really get much better thanthis does it? Every tune on the album is strong.  It's Hiatt's Abbey Road.
 Dog_Ear wrote:
In 1987, John Hiatt, clean and sober and looking for an American record deal, was asked by an A&R man at a British label to name his dream band. After a little thought, Hiatt replied that if he had his druthers, he'd cut a record with Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. To Hiatt's surprise, he discovered all three were willing to work on his next album; Hiatt and his dream band went into an L.A. studio and knocked off Bring the Family in a mere four days, and the result was the best album of Hiatt's career. The musicians certainly make a difference here, generating a lean, smoky groove that's soulful and satisfying …  » Read more
 
I bought the CD as a direct result of this comment and was very glad I did. 

Another little commission for RP. Another reason why this place is so great in expanding your musical knowledge. 

Huzzah! 

This is John Hiatt's best album, in my opinion. I've saw him live at the Paradise in Boston not too long after this album came out. Just a great show! Seen him several times since and never disapoints. Slow Turning, Stolen Moments, and Riding with the King are all great albums too, this is the one that transcends.


Jamie Lee Curtis does this some justice in "True Lies". Who'da thought...
 Stingray wrote:
John Hiatt is the one man who always comes close,
but NEVER-NEVER really makes it!

With the final edge, the final 15% he's missing,
he could be a star!

Avarage song a thousand people could have sung, played and composed!
 
He should have been a star already indeed
This is Hiatts best Album in my opinion. I watched him live around the time it was released. He was the support act for Robert Cray. He stole the show !
 Nimitz-68 wrote:
One of the few DVD's that I bought on the day it came out. (True Lies) Just because of this song ..... and Jamie's little dance!
 

Now she's shilling for yogurt that helps you gurnky.  Show business can be cruel.
 Stingray wrote:
John Hiatt is the one man who always comes close,
but NEVER-NEVER really makes it!

With the final edge, the final 15% he's missing,
he could be a star!

Avarage song a thousand people could have sung, played and composed!
 
15% huh  {#Lol}

 Bat wrote:

I don't think it's Sonny Landreth.  Ry Cooder played on this CD.  I don't think Landreth hooked up with Hiatt until the "Slow Turning" CD.

 
You're right. I was one album too soon. What I find interesting listening today is how much Landreth's slide style is similar to Cooder's on this album. Of course they're both giants, but I would have guessed, indeed did guess, that this was Landreth based on the slide style alone.

John Hiatt is the one man who always comes close,
but NEVER-NEVER really makes it!

With the final edge, the final 15% he's missing,
he could be a star!

Avarage song a thousand people could have sung, played and composed!


 Dog_Ear wrote:
In 1987, John Hiatt, clean and sober and looking for an American record deal, was asked by an A&R man at a British label to name his dream band. After a little thought, Hiatt replied that if he had his druthers, he'd cut a record with Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. To Hiatt's surprise, he discovered all three were willing to work on his next album; Hiatt and his dream band went into an L.A. studio and knocked off Bring the Family in a mere four days, and the result was the best album of Hiatt's career. The musicians certainly make a difference here, generating a lean, smoky groove that's soulful and satisfying …  » Read more
 

that IS a pretty fierce lineup...
In 1987, John Hiatt, clean and sober and looking for an American record deal, was asked by an A&R man at a British label to name his dream band. After a little thought, Hiatt replied that if he had his druthers, he'd cut a record with Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. To Hiatt's surprise, he discovered all three were willing to work on his next album; Hiatt and his dream band went into an L.A. studio and knocked off Bring the Family in a mere four days, and the result was the best album of Hiatt's career. The musicians certainly make a difference here, generating a lean, smoky groove that's soulful and satisfying …  » Read more
Yeah it's a shame that Little Village only managed to do one album.   It does have a bit of the "old pros having fun" nature... but I like it well enough to hope for another.
 Bat wrote:

I don't think it's Sonny Landreth.  Ry Cooder played on this CD.  I don't think Landreth hooked up with Hiatt until the "Slow Turning" CD.

 

Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. Later released a really good record as a band called 'Little Village".

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this is my favourite record of my vinyl-collection
it's my favourite because John Hiatt awesome (duh:) ) and because the idea for the cover is very original

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 WonderLizard wrote:
That's Sonny Landreth and his band behind Hiatt.
 
I don't think it's Sonny Landreth.  Ry Cooder played on this CD.  I don't think Landreth hooked up with Hiatt until the "Slow Turning" CD.

{#Music}
Damn thats good! 9
 mrdak wrote:

The superduperest slide player there ever was ............ {#Bananajam}

 

No wonder I like this song so much! Thanks for the info. I did not know dat!
 WonderLizard wrote:
That's Sonny Landreth and his band behind Hiatt.
 
The most superduperest slide player alive ............ {#Bananajam}


That's Sonny Landreth and his band behind Hiatt.
Terrific down 'n dirty, back to basics, blues rock. Sexy too. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
Damn fine white boys' right HERE!
Yeah, that Jamie Lee, ain't she just somethin'?

Honey, you got it, just go with it.

Was just watching True Lies on the television.. and the scene came up.. I remembered this.. had to be the sexiest scene I have ever seen in a movie and I am a heterosexual female!!  Man, what I would give to be able to dance like that to that music for my honey but I guess I am a dork right? hehehe..  It is in my heart but ain't in my body!!! hahaha.

I love John Hiatt has a great howling wolf voice.. he is one of the greats!!!


Awww...hell yeah!
soulful stuff!
i prefer Buffalo River Home.
Catalytic wrote:
Rowr! :hearteyes:
:yes:....and Harry drops the Walkman(tm)....:lol:
tawanda wrote:
A good song on its own, but forever linked in my mind with Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch "TRUE LIES" and you will never think of this song the same way again ..... :lol:
:eek: You're right! :yes::lol:
Sounds like (the brother of) Eric Clapton...! :bananajam:
I have this album, too. I got it for have "a little faith in me", but so much else is good. I will be seeing Hiatt, Lovett, Ely and one other in a songwriters show on January 26 in North Charleston. Should be fantastic!!
Catalytic wrote:
Rowr! :hearteyes:
Genetically XY MALE. Testicular feminization or androgen insensitivity syndrome. Ain't mother nature something?
A perfect segue from this song would be Lucinda Williams' Hot Blood. Both have really similar beginnings.
One of the few DVD's that I bought on the day it came out. (True Lies) Just because of this song ..... and Jamie's little dance! :eek:
Rowr! :hearteyes:
A little visual reminder for those that don't remember. Of course, if you've seen the movie, how could you possibly forget?
lester wrote:
Good one.
Yes, indeed. A little OT but does anyone else think that the tune "Crossing Muddy Waters" is also about his wife's suicide?
Good one.
tawanda wrote:
A good song on its own, but forever linked in my mind with Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch "TRUE LIES" and you will never think of this song the same way again ..... :lol:
holy jeez you got that right! "now... dance for me" :eyes: :jump:
Hey! Bill played another song from this album this morning! Nice! Maybe he'll get on a Hiatt kick! :clap:
Great rock song!!
:guitarist: :drummer: :guitarist:
tawanda wrote:
A good song on its own, but forever linked in my mind with Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch "TRUE LIES" and you will never think of this song the same way again ..... :lol:
THIS is that tune?? :hearteyes: No wonder all I can imagine when I hear this is a pole on a stage... Excellent tune.
tawanda wrote:
A good song on its own, but forever linked in my mind with Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch "TRUE LIES" and you will never think of this song the same way again ..... :lol:
I didn't believe this was the same song until I saw this post. And yeah, that's . . . quite a scene.
A most brilliant album of some of the most honest & touching love songs one is likely to hear...without the sop factor....
tawanda wrote:
A good song on its own, but forever linked in my mind with Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch "TRUE LIES" and you will never think of this song the same way again ..... :lol:
hahaha, ditto that.
Reminds me a little of Lucinda Williams\' Hot Blood--at least the rhythm. Very interesting (and sad) to learn why Hiatt wrote this.
Originally Posted by keelo: You are assuming that artists have control over the sale of their work. In fact in most circumstances, the copyright resides with the record company - not the artist. I would not accuse Mr. Hiatt of selling this song to movie producers, as it is very likely that he had no control over the event. kdj
The copywrite of this song resides with the publisher. The actual recording belongs to the record company (well, normally does) so don't blame the 'greedy' record company (hey! I am the last one to ever stick up for those spineless guys) I personally don't mind that this song was used in a movie. More power to him. JH is a God as a songwriter. I have no problem with him putting bread on the table.
You are assuming that artists have control over the sale of their work. In fact in most circumstances, the copyright resides with the record company - not the artist. I would not accuse Mr. Hiatt of selling this song to movie producers, as it is very likely that he had no control over the event. kdj
Originally Posted by (8?ยป: I guess it wasn't as sacred to him as landing a movie soundtrack??
Originally Posted by dmax: Of course, since it's about his wife's suicide, I thought it was sacrilege to include it in a movie. :-(
I guess it wasn't as sacred to him as landing a movie soundtrack??
Of course, since it\'s about his wife\'s suicide, I thought it was sacrilege to include it in a movie. :-(
A good song on its own, but forever linked in my mind with Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch "TRUE LIES" and you will never think of this song the same way again ..... :lol:
Apart from the lyrics it sounds a bit like a remake of Riding With The King. I way prefer \'Riding\'. Recognizable Hiatt song anyway.
JOhn Hiatt Rocks! - Saw him with the Goners in NYC a couple of weeks ago and he was amazing as usual. How about playing \"a friend of mine\" from Walk On?
Decent (ok, memorable) song off a changed-my-life album. How about \"Learning How to Love You\", \"Have a Little Faith in Me\" or, my favorite, \"Lipstick Sunset\"?