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John Hiatt — Wrote It Down and Burned It
Album: Walk On
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Released: 1995
Length: 5:52
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There's a dead girl's body
By the railroad track
She's waiting for a train
Jimmy left town like a fade to black
In his Camero in the rain

She wrote it down and burned it
Jimmy loves who knows who
Well he wasn't from around this town
And mister neither are you

She was listening into that Monon line
For the Wabash Cannonball
Put your head on the rail
And you can hear her whine
Just like a caterwaul

She wrote it down and burned it
She clutched it flaming to her chest
It said Jimmy loves cars
And Jimmy loves trains
Ah but Jimmy, Jimmy loves me best

There's a dead girl's body
By the railroad track
Waiting for a train
Well I guess Jimmy never did come back
In his Camero in the rain

She wrote it down and burned it
Yeah the only way I know
You could still read some words
In the ashes there
But she could not watch him go

She wrote it down and burned it
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 ppopp wrote:
Speed this up by about 33% and add some more imaginative drumming from someone like Andy Newmark, and this would be superb.
 
It also wouldn't be the same song or meet the artistic vision intended by the author.
 WeAdmire wrote:

Hearing this track and obscure Hiatt's on RP are sort of black swan moments - if you do not own them or listen to RP you are very unlikely to hear them.  You have already had the recommendation of the "Geffen" trio of Bring The Family, Slow Turning and Stolen Moments to which I'd add Master of Disaster among those that came later and Warming Up to The Ice Age and Slug Line as precursors.  But in fact it hardly matters where you start.  Wherever you start the difficulty will taking it one CD at time.  
 
Discovering John Hiatt is an awesome thing!  So much material.  So many great songs.  The evolution of one of America's preeminent song writers.  Wish I could go back and start over, but I've been a fan for 25 years.  So I just wait for the next album and smile whenever I hear him on RP.
 bc wrote:
I'm liking this!

I've always thought John Hiatt was decent, but never enough to buy some CDs.  Maybe it's time to reconsider.  There's a huge catalog... Where to start?  Anybody have a favorite album? 
 
Hearing this track and obscure Hiatt's on RP are sort of black swan moments - if you do not own them or listen to RP you are very unlikely to hear them.  You have already had the recommendation of the "Geffen" trio of Bring The Family, Slow Turning and Stolen Moments to which I'd add Master of Disaster among those that came later and Warming Up to The Ice Age and Slug Line as precursors.  But in fact it hardly matters where you start.  Wherever you start the difficulty will taking it one CD at time.  
What a songwriter.  Chilling.
 ppopp wrote:
Speed this up by about 33% and add some more imaginative drumming from someone like Andy Newmark, and this would be superb.
 
Dammit. Now I can't unhear how ordinary the drumming is!

(Disagree about the speed, though. This slow grind is perfect.)

I like this. I do not know why, but this song opens my "Red Rider - Lunatic fringe" sensor.
This is very different for John Hiatt. I usually am ho-hum about his work, but this song is edgy and very cool.
This is the first John Hiatt song that I have ever liked.
 jhorton wrote:
WOW, never knew David Gilmour played in John's band?!

 
David Immerglück :)
WOW, never knew David Gilmour played in John's band?!
This may well be the first John Hiatt song I've ever liked!
i didn't think i was going to make it there for a minute
Nice tune. Bit of a Pink Floyd feel to the guitar
 bc wrote:
I'm liking this!

I've always thought John Hiatt was decent, but never enough to buy some CDs.  Maybe it's time to reconsider.  There's a huge catalog... Where to start?  Anybody have a favorite album? 

 
Bring the Family was his turnaround masterpiece. Post wife's suicide and his getting clean/sober.
Riding with the King is great, with two distinct sides (different producers), and is the one that made me a fan.
Stolen Moments is full of greatness, too. 
 bc wrote:
I'm liking this!

I've always thought John Hiatt was decent, but never enough to buy some CDs.  Maybe it's time to reconsider.  There's a huge catalog... Where to start?  Anybody have a favorite album? 

 
These three are gems:
Bring the FamilyA&M Records (1987)
Slow Turning, A&M Records (1988)
Stolen Moments, A&M Records (1990)

 bc wrote:
I'm liking this!

I've always thought John Hiatt was decent, but never enough to buy some CDs.  Maybe it's time to reconsider.  There's a huge catalog... Where to start?  Anybody have a favorite album? 

 
You'll probably get half a dozen or more suggestions but for my money Bring The Family is hard to beat. 
I'm liking this!

I've always thought John Hiatt was decent, but never enough to buy some CDs.  Maybe it's time to reconsider.  There's a huge catalog... Where to start?  Anybody have a favorite album? 
 ppopp wrote:
Speed this up by about 33% and add some more imaginative drumming from someone like Andy Newmark, and this would be superb.

 
The pace is the point.
Speed this up by about 33% and add some more imaginative drumming from someone like Andy Newmark, and this would be superb.
Good! Looking forward to seeing John Hiatt (and many others) on the Cayamo Cruise January 2016! Yes!


 pk53 wrote:

and tonight Bill follows this song with Shawn Colvin — Sunny Come Home.  Sweet!



 
If you are not listening closely it sounds like a cover of Sunny...

oh, looking down I see this point has been covered.
 calypsus_1 wrote:
 
I saw this tour. It was awkward, having four legends on stage that all looked like they were there for John Hiatt's performance. 
 Imkirok wrote:
Been a modest John Hiatt fan for a while, but have never owned any of his stuff.  That just changed after listening to this song.  I read the reviews for this album and decided it was time to take the plunge.

 
This album is a great choice for a starting point.  Bring the Family or Stolen Moments would be a good follow up.
Been a modest John Hiatt fan for a while, but have never owned any of his stuff.  That just changed after listening to this song.  I read the reviews for this album and decided it was time to take the plunge.

and tonight Bill follows this song with Shawn Colvin — Sunny Come Home.  Sweet!


 weez wrote:

YES! I was hearing that too, and had to see if anyone posted this comment. Good call. {#Cheers}
 
Same with me! It's the wah-wah/bass combination, isn't it?

 Dgradeworkunit wrote:
This ought to have been followed by Shawn Colvin's Facts About Jimmy
 
You know, just about every time I hear Bill play this, I think "Who's doing this nice cover of Shawn Colvin's song?".

It's the eerie guitars that really make this number - spooky, and with more than a touch of Pink Floyd IMO. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

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Could anyone ever ask for a better ensemble? Holy crap - Jim Keltner alone has two lifetimes of music with some very heavy hitters. Add Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe, and - in my opinion - you have the best go-to band since, well, The Band.

Thanks, Calypsus_1 - as always.

 sirdroseph wrote:
John Hiatt is 2 kewl 4 skool!{#Cool}
 
Agreed.

John Hiatt is 2 kewl 4 skool!{#Cool}
Giving this an instant 9, just for the title.

As always, not vouching for the accuracy of the lyrics, but you get the idea... What a dark song!

There's a dead girl's body
By the railroad track
She's waiting for a train
Jimmy left town like a fade to black
In his camero in the rain

She wrote it down and burned it
Jimmy loves who knows who
Well he wasn't from around this town
And mister neither are you

She was listening into that monon line
For the wabash cannonball
Put your head on the rail
And you can hear her whine
Just like a caterwaul

She wrote it down and burned it
She clutched it flaming to her chest
It said jimmy loves cars

And jimmy loves trains
Ah but jimmy, jimmy loves me best

There's a dead girl's body
By the railroad track
Waiting for a train
Well I guess jimmy never did come back
In his camaro in the rain

She wrote it down and burned it
Yeah the only way I know
You could still read some words
In the ashes there
But she could not watch him go

She wrote it down and burned it

 



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Copyright All rights reserved


 Huey wrote:
Me likey mucho {#Bananajam}
 
Yo también, por lo pronto.

Edit: intriguing lyrics, by the way.

Me likey mucho {#Bananajam}
Very nice!
This ought to have been followed by Shawn Colvin's Facts About Jimmy
 WhiteNinja wrote:
Reminds me a bit of "Have a Cigar" by Pink Floyd...

Pretty good song, I give it a solid 7. 
 
Vocals by Roy Harper on that one.

I love John Hiatt - a great song writer (so is Roy Harper, for that matter!).
Great Album

What a fantabulously moody track - love it!
geiler Song...mehr davon >> glatte 10 {#Bananajam}
I love to sing harmony with this cut. Makes The Mo howl.
 WhiteNinja wrote:
Reminds me a bit of "Have a Cigar" by Pink Floyd...

Pretty good song, I give it a solid 7. 
 
YES! I was hearing that too, and had to see if anyone posted this comment. Good call. {#Cheers}


Don't generally like Mr. Hiatt, but I DO like this one. Nice edge. Melancholy. Dark. Just my style.{#Cool}

7 — > 8

Reminds me a bit of "Have a Cigar" by Pink Floyd...

Pretty good song, I give it a solid 7. 
 sharkey wrote:
 Excelsior wrote:
Wish he had burned the master tapes of this song (and all his recordings) instead. Worst singing voice ever. He should stick to writing songs and selling them to other artists.

Guess you have the same to say about Dylan, Neil Young et al.

It's all about you isn't it? Get over yourself.

Has it occurred to you that your opinion is irrelevant?

Mainstream, terrestrial radio don't play Dylan, Hiatt Young etc. Check it out!!! Please!!!!

 
I couldn't have said it better myself.  John Hiatt is a living legend.  For the songs he's written AND the songs that he's performed... and the unwashed that don't realize that should go back to their local FM radio and enjoy the Morning Zoo.  Thanks RP for playing this hidden Hiatt gem.

Echoes of Tom Petty - love the soaring ethereal guitar. Lyrics reminiscent of Tom Waits, but with a tuneful voice ;). 7 from the Nottingham jury.
 radiolicious wrote:
Makes me want to buy a Firebird, wear feather earrings and ride off into the sunset with Smokey the Bandit. Kinda boring 70s sounding in a cool way.

  Probably most tolerable while under the influence of a foreign substance


Makes me want to buy a Firebird, wear feather earrings and ride off into the sunset with Smokey the Bandit. Kinda boring 70s sounding in a cool way.

Can it get more boring?
Damn you, Jimmy!


 Excelsior wrote:
Wish he had burned the master tapes of this song (and all his recordings) instead. Worst singing voice ever. He should stick to writing songs and selling them to other artists.

Guess you have the same to say about Dylan, Neil Young et al.

It's all about you isn't it? Get over yourself.

Has it occurred to you that your opinion is irrelevant?

Mainstream, terrestrial radio don't play Dylan, Hiatt Young etc. Check it out!!! Please!!!!

...what an awesome title...
Wish he had burned the master tapes of this song (and all his recordings) instead. Worst singing voice ever. He should stick to writing songs and selling them to other artists.
this is a side of JH I haven't heard before....
I also 'Wrote It Down and Burned It'...and it proved very helpful...
Mad songwriting skilz! This is just the tip of the iceberg...
Damm my stream keeps rebuffering!
John Hiatt is God.
trekhead wrote:
Long time , no hear. Thanks! :clap: 9.
Completely agree :clap: :clap:
"JIM....JIMMY WONT FORGET YOU KRAMER...JIMMY HOLDS GRUDGES. LET JIMMY GO......"
davin wrote:
Never heard of him or this before, but it's quite good. Which makes it even better..
He's been around for a long while...check out "Riding with the King" or the albums after that.
Never heard of him or this before, but it's quite good. Which makes it even better..
Long time , no hear. Thanks! :clap: 9.
Anything from this CD is worth a lesson. Along with "Stolen Moments" I think this is Hiatt at his best. Great simmering, smoldering darkness in this one.
My third favorite from this CD. Or fourth maybe. The Easter egg at the end is the best.
Well, I like it