Come from the Heart
|"Come from the Heart"|
|Written by||Richard Leigh and
|Original artist||Don Williams|
|Recorded by||Guy Clark (1988),
Kathy Mattea (1989)
|"Come from the Heart"|
|Single by Kathy Mattea|
|from the album Willow in the Wind|
|Writer(s)||Richard Leigh, Susanna Clark|
|Kathy Mattea singles chronology|
"Come from the Heart" is a country music song written by Richard Leigh and Susanna Clark and published in 1987. It is most known through the 1989 single by Kathy Mattea, released in conjunction with her album Willow in the Wind, though the song was first recorded and released on the 1987 Don Williams album Traces and also released in 1988 by Clark's husband on his album Old Friends.
The song includes the lyrics:
- You’ve got to sing like you don’t need the money,
- Love like you’ll never get hurt.
- You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watchin’.
which The Yale Book of Quotations attributes as the source for similar aphorisms sometimes attributed to others (e.g. Annie's Mailbox attributes a version of the lyric to a combination of William Watson Purkey and Satchel Paige).
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||67|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||32|
- Shapiro, Fred (July 23, 2009). "Quotes Uncovered: Songs and Dancing". Freakonomics blog. The New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
- "Albums containing a track with the title: 'Come From the Heart'". Allmusic. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Mitchell, Kathy; Sugar, Marcy (April 25, 2006). "Annie's Mailbox, April 25". Annie's Mailbox. Creators Syndicate. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
William Watson Purkey is credited with writing, "Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt. Sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth." Later, the phrase "Work like you don't need the money" was added, often credited to baseball great Satchel Paige. This poem obviously speaks to a lot of people, because over the years, many others have created their own additions. We think the sentiments are life-affirming.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 217.
- "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6383." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 10, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Kathy Mattea Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kathy Mattea.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
- "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
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