Come to My Window
|"Come to My Window"|
|Single by Melissa Etheridge|
|from the album Yes I Am|
|Recorded||A&M Studios, Los Angeles|
|Length||3:55 (Album Version)
|Melissa Etheridge singles chronology|
"Come to My Window" is a Grammy Award-winning song by Melissa Etheridge released in 1994 on her 1993 album Yes I Am. This was the first song to be released after Etheridge publicly announced her sexual orientation of being a lesbian. With the driving force of gay rights, the song gained a lot of airplay on radio stations, mostly through call-in requests. The song debuted on the Billboard charts after the first week of its release, reaching #25 on the chart. It was also the second song from Etheridge that earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
When the song was being promoted, a portion of the song's beginning was omitted. This was to help accommodate some radio stations that wanted an instrumental beginning rather than a vocal one. The song's lyrics describes the intense love that Etheridge has for another person. It describes situations that she is willing to endure and how happy the other person makes her feel. In addition, the song implicitly alludes to the singer's sexual orientation and activism by the lyrics:
- "I don't care what they think.
- I don't care what they say.
- What do they know about this love, anyway?"
Etheridge tells both in her autobiography and during the interview on the bonus DVD of her greatest hits album that out of all songs she has written, "Come to My Window" is the one that surprises her the most, and that she almost did not put it on the album. She states that while she wrote the song, she did not realize what she was actually writing and that it was not before meeting Tammy Lynn Michaels that she understood what this songs means to other people. She also says that it has the best musical bridge part of all her songs.
The sound effect at the beginning was created by Mauricio Fritz Lewak who put coins inside of a pair of clash cymbals. This song was also about her girlfriend at the time.
The video also features "child-like" drawings in certain scenes. According to an episode of VH1's Pop Up Video, these drawings were created by a crew member's five-year-old daughter. Additionally, the video was to have included an appearance by a little girl; the mental patient's "lost childhood". While the appearance was filmed, it got lost during editing.
Etheridge performed Come to My Window during The Concert for New York City, the benefit concert following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Early during her performance, her microphone failed, leaving Etheridge to play her guitar without singing while an alternate mic was found. Famously, the audience, made up largely of members of the New York City fire and police departments (and survivors of NYPD and FDNY personnel who were lost in the attacks) sang the lyrics themselves until Etheridge's mic was restored.
All songs written by Melissa Etheridge.
- "Come to My Window" - 3:55
- "Ain't it Heavy" (live) - 4:20
- "The Letting Go" (live) - 3:05
- "I'm the Only One" (live) - 5:30
End of year charts
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Credits and personnel
- Vocals and acoustic guitar by Melissa Etheridge
- Drums and percussion by Mauricio Fritz Lewak
- Electric guitar by Waddy Wachtel
- Keyboards by Scott Thurston
- Bass by Pino Palladino
- Engineer - Hugh Padgham
- Assistant engineers - Greg Goldman, John Aguto, Mike Baumgartner
- Mixed by Hugh Padgham
- Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering
- "Sax All Night overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- "American single certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Come to My Windo". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
- Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (Bonus DVD)
- Melissa Etheridge and Laura Morton: The Truth Is..., Random House 2002
- The single on amazon.de