From Here to Eternity (Michael Peterson song)

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"From Here to Eternity"
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Single by Michael Peterson
from the album Michael Peterson
Released September 8, 1997
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:36
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Robert Ellis Orrall
Michael Peterson
Producer(s) Robert Ellis Orrall
Josh Leo
Michael Peterson singles chronology
"Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie"
"From Here to Eternity"
"Too Good to Be True"

"From Here to Eternity" is a song recorded by American country music artist Michael Peterson, who co-wrote the song with Robert Ellis Orrall. It was released in September 1997 as the second single from his first album, Michael Peterson, becoming his first number one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts that year.


The song is a ballad in which the singer asks if his lover will be his "from here to eternity". Peterson claims that the single is a "pretty spiritual song" and that he wrote the song "about faith and it came out as a country song".[1] It is set at a moderate tempo with a vocal range from D4 to A5. The song begins in the key of G major, and transposes a whole step upward to A major halfway through the final chorus.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "well-written ballad, ripe with sweet emotion." She goes on to say that Peterson's vocal "perfectly captures the warmth and feeling in the lyric."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Steven Goldmann. It was filmed in Point Reyes and west Marin County, California.

Chart positions[edit]

"From Here to Eternity" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of September 13, 1997.

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 11
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
Preceded by
"Love Gets Me Every Time"
by Shania Twain
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

December 13, 1997
Succeeded by
"Longneck Bottle"
by Garth Brooks


  1. ^ Lamitschka, Christian. "An Interview with Michael Peterson". Archived from the original on 2006-06-25. 
  2. ^ Contemporary Country (1st ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. 1999. pp. 62–66. ISBN 0-634-01594-X. 
  3. ^ Billboard, September 13, 1997
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3413." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "Michael Peterson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Michael Peterson.

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