Come to Where I'm From

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Come to Where I'm From
Studio album by Joseph Arthur
Released April 11, 2000
Recorded Sound City, Sunset Sound
Genre Alternative rock
Length 56:04
Label Real World Records
Virgin Records
Producer T-Bone Burnett, Rick Will, Tchad Blake, Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur chronology
Vacancy (EP)
Come to Where I'm From
Junkyard Hearts EPs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link (9.1/10)
Mojo 4/5 stars
The A.V. Club/The Onion 3/5 stars
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10) link
Wall of Sound 3/5 stars

Come to Where I'm From is the second official studio album by Joseph Arthur released by Real World Records on April 11, 2000. The album was co-produced by T-Bone Burnett, and features the singles "Chemical" and "In the Sun."

I wanted to get the songs down in a way that was true to them and true to myself. I really wanted them to have humanity in them. I wanted an element of a gamble in it. I think too much music sounds too contained. I wanted it to sound like it could go out of control at any minute. I didn't want it produced to death. – Joseph Arthur[1]

Real World Records reissued the album in July 2012, as a part of their Real World Gold series.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joseph Arthur

No. Title Length
1. "In the Sun"   5:36
2. "Ashes Everywhere"   4:51
3. "Chemical"   4:11
4. "History"   5:40
5. "Invisible Hands"   5:14
6. "Cockroach"   3:02
7. "Exhausted"   4:46
8. "Eyes on My Back"   4:03
9. "Tattoo"   4:10
10. "The Real You"   5:27
11. "Creation or a Stain"   4:34
12. "Speed of Light"   4:30


In the UK, there were two singles released from the album:

Rusty Water[edit]

On March 11, 1999, a promo CD titled Rusty Water was released via Virgin Records. The CD featured 13 tracks, most of which would later be re-recorded, edited, and remixed to become Come to Where I'm From. As this was not the official finalized release, few promos were made.

  1. "Crawlin' on Bones" (a.k.a. "Cockroach") – 3:04
  2. "In the Sun" (Early Version) – 5:24
  3. "Exhausted" (Early Version) – 4:03
  4. "History" – 5:37
  5. "Chemical" – 4:06
  6. "Cocaine Blind" – 3:17
  7. "Freeze You Out" – 4:30
  8. "Tattoo" – 4:07
  9. "Eyes on My Back" – 4:12
  10. "In the Distance" – 3:24
  11. "California" – 4:14
  12. "Otherside" – 3:16
  13. "Invisible Hands" – 5:26

The songs "Cocaine Blind" and "Otherside" (later renamed "The Other Side") appeared as B-sides to the "In the Sun" single. "California," "Freeze You Out," and "In the Distance" have not been released or re-recorded since this promo was issued.


  • Joseph Arthur: guitar and vocals on all tracks.
  • Carla Azar: drums on tracks 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12; background vocals on track 6; shaker (percussion) on track 8.
  • T-Bone Burnett: piano on track 6.
  • Markus Dravs: programming on track 4.
  • "Eugene": "Fuzzheart" on track 11.
  • Ben Findlay: acoustic guitar on track 4.
  • Nadia Lanman: cello on track 1.
  • Jim Keltner: drums on track 5.
  • "Stella": background vocals on track 1.
  • Rick Will: "explosions" on track 5; synthesizer on tracks 7 and 9.


  • All songs by Joseph Arthur.
  • Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Joseph Arthur and Rick Will, except:
    • Tracks 1, 5 and 12 produced by Tchad Blake.
  • Mixed by Rick Will.
  • Engineered by Rick Will.
  • Additional engineering by Ben Findlay.
  • Assistant Engineering by Nick Raskulinecz and Kevin Dean Marek.
  • Recorded at Sound City, Sunset Sound and Real World Studios.
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at A&M Mastering.
  • Album cover drawings and paintings by Davies.
  • Booklet photography by Anton Corbijn.
  • Art direction and design by Zachary James Larner with Joseph Arthur at Bombshelter NYC.
  • Dedicated to the memory of Joseph Leon.


External links[edit]