Get Here

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"Get Here"
BrendaRussellGet Here-single.jpg
Single by Brenda Russell
from the album Get Here
B-side "Le Restaurant"
Released September 13, 1988
Format
Recorded 1985–87
Genre
Length 4:06
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Brenda Russell
Producer(s) André Fischer, Brenda Russell, Peter O. Ekberg
Brenda Russell singles chronology
"Gravity"
(1988)
"Get Here"
(1988)
"Kiss Me with the Wind"
(1990)

"Get Here" is a pop ballad written by American singer and songwriter Brenda Russell. The title track of her fourth studio album Get Here (1988), it became a moderate hit on the Billboard R&B chart on the heels of the album's massive first hit, "Piano in the Dark". American vocalist Oleta Adams recorded the song in 1990, making it a major international hit that reached the top 5 in both the US and the UK.[1][2] Adams' version of "Get Here", co-produced by Roland Orzabal from the band Tears for Fears (for whom she had performed the female vocals on the hit single, "Woman in Chains" a year earlier), became her signature song.

Composition and first release[edit]

Brenda 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]

Oleta Adams version[edit]

"Get Here"
Get Here single.jpg
Single by Oleta Adams
from the album Circle of One
B-side "I've Got to Sing My Song"
Released January 1, 1991 (UK)
March 15, 1991 (US)
Format
Recorded 1990
Genre
Length 4:37
Label Fontana
Songwriter(s) Brenda Russell
Producer(s)
Oleta Adams singles chronology
"Circle of One"
(1990)
"Get Here"
(1991)
"You've Got to Give Me Room"
(1991)
"Circle of One"
(1990)
"Get Here"
(1991)
"You've Got to Give Me Room"
(1991)

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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 27
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 80
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 8

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United Kingdom January 1, 1991
Canada January 1991
Sweden February 11, 1991
United States March 15, 1991

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").

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