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Dwight Yoakam - Ain't That Lonely Yet

Reaching # 2 on the charts of the US Hot Country Songs, and remaining on the charts for a total of 20 weeks. Also he reached # 1 on the Canada Country Tracks charts. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

Ain't That Lonely Yet

“Ain't That Lonely Yet”, a song written by Kostas and James House, was recorded by Dwight Yoakam for the Reprise label, was recorded in November 1992, along with the rest of the album, Dwight was accompanied in the recording session by : Dean Parks (guitar), Pete Anderson (guitar), Al Perkins (steel and dobro), Charles Domanico (acustic bass), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), Jeff Donavan (drums), Scott Joss and Don Reed (fiddle), Skip Edwards (keyboars), Scott Humphrey (programming), Tommy Funderburk, Beth Andersen, Carl Jackson, Jim Haas and Jim Lauderdale (background vocals). With the production of Pete Anderson, the song was released on March 8, 1993, reaching # 22 on May 22, 1993, on the charts of the US Hot Country Songs, and remaining on the charts for a total of 20 weeks. On June 12, 1993, he reached # 1 on the Canada Country Tracks charts. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

 

The song was included in Dwight's fifth studio album, This Time (Reprise 1993), the album was released on March 23, 1993, reaching # 4 on U.S. charts. Top Country Albums, on April 17, 1993, remaining a total of 108 weeks in charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Albums charts, It reached at number # 1. The album was certified triple platinum in the USA and double platinum in Canada.

History behind the song:

 

House told American Songwriter the story of the song:

 

“We had already been working on another song idea for a couple of hours, but it had become obsolete, so we decided to take a break,” he said. “We started talking and Kostas asked me if I was going to be with my separated girlfriend again and I said: 'I'm still not so alone', and we looked at each other and said 'let's write that.'”

 

“I grabbed my guitar and began to sing the melody of the verse and Kostas was writing lyrics furiously,” House continued. “After 10 or 15 minutes, he sang the first verse of the melody he was playing. The chorus dropped when we played it. He knew it was a special song when Kostas looked up with a smile and sang the lyrics on the spider in my bed. You know you're in something when the letters arrive as fast as you can write them, I think there were four or five more verses that we don't use. “

The song was recorded by Dwight Yoakam and released as the lead single from his album This Time.

 

“Kostas was writing with Dwight a couple of weeks later and showed him the work on cassette we did,” House recalled. “If I remember correctly, it was recorded quite soon and released in a couple of months.”

The song earned Yoakam his first Grammy Award, which he won for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

 

Versions:

 

Big Fat Snake 1994 (Sundance)

Vilperin Perikunta 1996 (Selecta) Finnish

Miquel Batlle Garriga
mbatllegarriga@gmail.com

Dwight Yoakam – Ain’t That Lonely Yet Lyrics

 

You keep callin’ me

On the telephone

You say you’re all alone

Well that’s real sad

 

And you keep leavin’

Notes stuck on my door

Guess you’re hungry for some more

Girl that’s too bad

 

‘Cause I ain’t that lonely yet

No, I ain’t that lonely yet

After what you put me through

Oh, I ain’t that lonely yet

 

Once there was this

Spider in my bed

I got caught up in her web

Of love and lies

 

She spun her chains

Around my heart and soul

Never to let go

Oh, but I survived

 

(Chorus)

 

There’s nothin’ left you can do

To try and bring me ’round

‘Cause everything you do

Just brings me down, whoa

 

(Chorus x4)



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