Get Here

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For the album, see Get Here (album).
"Get Here"
Single by Brenda Russell
from the album Get Here
B-side Le Restaurant
Released 1988
Format 7", 12", CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1985-87
Genre Pop, soul
Length 04:06
Label A&M
Writer(s) Brenda Russell
Producer(s) André Fischer, Brenda Russell, Peter O. Ekberg
Brenda Russell singles chronology
"Get Here"
"Kiss Me With The Wind"

"Get Here"
Single by Oleta Adams
from the album Circle of One
B-side I've Got to Sing My Song
Released 1991
Format 7", 12", CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1990
Genre Pop, soul
Length 04:37
Label Fontana
Writer(s) Brenda Russell
Producer(s) Roland Orzabal, David Bascombe
Oleta Adams singles chronology
"Circle of One"
"Get Here"
"You've Got to Give Me Room"

"Get Here" is a pop ballad written by American singer/songwriter Brenda Russell. It was the title track of her 1988 album Get Here, and released as a single becoming a moderate hit on the Billboard R&B chart.

Oleta Adams version[edit]

In 1990, the American vocalist Oleta Adams recorded the song which became a major international hit, reaching the Top 5 in the UK[1] and the US.[2] Adams' version was co-produced by Roland Orzabal from the band Tears for Fears, and became her signature song.

Background and release[edit]

Russell had written the song while staying at a penthouse in Stockholm: the tune came to her as she viewed some hot air balloons floating over the city, a sight Russell recalls set her "really tripping on how many ways you can get to a person" (the eventual song's lyrics include the line: "You can make it in a big balloon but you'd better make it soon"). Although Russell did not pursue the musical ideas that came to her as her current record label saw her as a dance artist and she thought would not be interested in a song such as the one which became "Get Here", the song was still in the singer's mind when she woke up the next day: "I don’t read or write music [therefore] it’s extraordinary if a song is still in my head that I haven’t jotted down or recorded. So if it’s still in my head overnight, I think that’s something extra special, it’s like somebody trying to tell me something."[3] Russell recorded the song as the title cut of her 1988 album from which it was issued as a single - the album's third - reaching #37 on the Billboard R&B charts.[4]

It was while Oleta Adams was visiting Stockholm that she heard Russell's song playing in a record store and was sufficiently impressed with the song to record it for her 1990 album Circle of One.[3] Adams' version of "Get Here" was issued as a single in early 1991. World events at this time gave the song a resonance as an anthem for the US troops in the Gulf War - underscored by the lyrics: "You can reach me by caravan|Cross the desert like an Arab man" - which sent Adams' single into the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1991.[5][6][7]

Other versions[edit]

The Beautiful South's album Gaze included a song with the same title and, partially, similar lyrics - but reversed the theme, with Paul Heaton protesting his unwillingness to travel any distance at all for his lover. (Sample lyric: "You can get here by helicopter"/"I can barely make Blackpool sands").


Brenda Russell version[edit]

Chart (1988) Position
US Billboard R&B Chart 37

Oleta Adams version[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
UK Singles Chart[9] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 5
US Billboard R&B Chart 8

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom January 1, 1991
Sweden February 11, 1991
United States March 15, 1991


  1. ^ Song record,
  2. ^ Peak Position noted,
  3. ^ a b "Songfacts". Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Get Here" album,
  5. ^ Norment, Lynn (August 1996). "Moving on and up with Oleta Adams: with new husband and renewed religious faith, soulful singer scores with new album". Ebony. Retrieved 2009-09-16. Circle of One spawned three Top-20 pop singles, including an impassioned take on Brenda Russell's "Get Here," which became a big anthem during the Persian Gulf War. 
  6. ^ Mann, Brent (2003). 99 Red Balloons and 100 Other All-Time Great One-Hit Wonders. New York: Bristol Park Books, Inc. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-88486-435-6. 
  7. ^ Schoenherr, Steven (2006-05-01). "Get Here by Oleta Adams, 1990". Songs in American History. Retrieved 2009-09-16. Get Here" became the unofficial anthem for the Gulf War (Desert Storm) in 1991. The lyrics express the longing for a loved one who's many miles away, and the different methods of transportation he can use to return. The song was sung to US troops in the Middle East whose loved ones were home in America, awaiting their return. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Song record,
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15.