I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (album)

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I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
Studio album by Steve Earle
Released April 26, 2011
Genre Alternative country, folk, rock
Length 37:42
Label New West
Producer T-Bone Burnett
Steve Earle chronology
Townes
(2009)
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
(2011)
The Low Highway
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Telegraph 4/5 stars [1]
BBC Mixed [2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive is a 2011 Steve Earle album, produced by T-Bone Burnett. All of the songs are written by Earle, with the exception of the title track, which was only included as part of the album download.

Four of the songs were originally written for other projects. "This City", was originally written for the David Simon show Treme and appears on its soundtrack. It was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for "Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media".[4] "Lonely are the Free" was written and recorded for the 2010 Tim Blake Nelson film Leaves of Grass, in which Earle had a small part. This earlier version was played over the closing credits and appeared on the film soundtrack. Earle originally wrote the tracks "God is God" and "I am a Wanderer" for Joan Baez's Day After Tomorrow album.[3]

Earle has said that the title for the album was inspired by the Hank Williams song of the same name which is available as a bonus track in iTunes.[5] Earle also wrote a novel with the same title.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Earle, except Track 12 on the iTunes version. 

No. Title Length
1. "Waitin' on the Sky"   3:28
2. "Little Emperor"   2:58
3. "The Gulf of Mexico"   4:15
4. "Molly-O"   3:20
5. "God Is God"   3:59
6. "Meet Me in the Alleyway"   4:25
7. "Every Part of Me"   2:51
8. "Lonely Are the Free"   3:23
9. "Heaven or Hell"   3:26
10. "I Am a Wanderer"   2:53
11. "This City"   2:44

Track listing - iTunes Only[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Earle, except Track 12. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive"   Fred Rose 2:37
13. "The Making Of I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Pt. 1"     9:21
14. "The Making Of I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Pt. 2"     9:21

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 24
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 7
Canadian Albums Chart 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Telegraph review
  2. ^ BBC music review
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bailey, Jason (March 29, 2011). "Treme: The Complete First Season (Blu-Ray)". DVD Talk. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Steve Earle On World Cafe: NPR, July 4, 2011