Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: Dear Someone

Written by Efraín Solís


In category: Song of the Day

Published March 19, 2019

For my second selection I’ve chosen “Dear Someone” from the album Time (The Revelator) by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. They are both credited for writing this song, but some internet digging actually revealed that they actually were not the original writers of the tune, which was written by Ry Cooder. He wrote “I always knew you were the one” for the 1980 film The Long Riders. They did write the words, though, and added some great harmonies too. The first time I heard this song I played it on repeat for days. Thankfully CDs are no longer a thing, or I would’ve worn my out a long time ago. The way Gillian Welch and David Rawlings weave their voices together — it’s magical. The words are beautiful and match the wistfulness of the tune perfectly. If I ever marry I’m pretty sure I want to dance to this song at my wedding.

“Dear Someone” Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

“I always knew you were the one” Ry Cooder

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Baritone Efraín Solís is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship program, known for his “theatrical charisma and musical bravado” (San Francisco Chronicle). He will join soprano Corinne Winters in García Lorca: Muse and Magician on April 24, 2019 at Merkin Hall in NYC.


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    I just stumbled upon this song, and I adore it. I makes me think of Elvis. I cant help thinking that they tried to capture some harmoni sound indpired by an old Elvis song. Maybe something from Blue Hawaii. Do you catch my drift or am I way off?
    Kind regards from Copenhagen, Denmark


    • nyfos

      Hi Jeppe, thanks for stopping by! I don’t know what exactly the inspirations for this song included, but Elvis was certainly on their minds when they made the recording; the album features a song called “Elvis Presley Blues”!


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