'Til I Gain Control Again

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"'Til I Gain Control Again" is a country song written by Rodney Crowell and originally recorded by Emmylou Harris in 1975.[1] The song was included on her 1975 studio album Elite Hotel and was performed by Alison Krauss in 2016 as part of a tribute album to Harris titled: The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris. The song was later covered by Crystal Gayle in 1982 and Blue Rodeo in 1993. Crowell recorded his own version of the song on his 1981 self-titled album. It was also covered by Van Morrison on his Pay the Devil Album out in 2006

Crystal Gayle version[edit]

"'Til I Gain Control Again"
Single by Crystal Gayle
from the album True Love
B-side "Easier Said Than Done"
Released October 27, 1982
Genre Country
Length 3:56
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Rodney Crowell
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Allen Reynolds
Crystal Gayle singles chronology
"Livin' in These Troubled Times"
"Til I Gain Control Again"
"Our Love Is on the Faultline"

In 1983, the song would be recorded by Crystal Gayle and her recording was her tenth number one on the country chart. Her recording would go to number one for one week and spend a total of twelve weeks on the chart.[2] A music video was filmed for the song.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982–1983) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 12

Blue Rodeo version[edit]

"'Til I Gain Control Again"
Single by Blue Rodeo
from the album Five Days in July
Released 1994
Genre Country rock
Length 4:30
Label Warner Music Canada
Writer(s) Rodney Crowell
Producer(s) Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo singles chronology
"Dark Angel"
"Til I Gain Control Again"
"Head over Heels"

In 1993, the song was covered by Canadian country rock band Blue Rodeo for their album Five Days in July. Released as a single in 1994, the song peaked at number 24 on the RPM Country Tracks chart.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994-1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 24


  1. ^ "Recording: Till I Gain Control Again - Willie Nelson". Second Hand Songs. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 31. 
  3. ^ "Crystal Gayle – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Crystal Gayle.
  4. ^ "Country Tracks chart for January 16, 1995". RPM. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2706." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 16, 1995. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
Preceded by
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 12, 1983
Succeeded by
"Faking Love"
by T. G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks