Lying to the Moon

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Lying to the Moon
Studio album by Matraca Berg
Released 1990 (1990)
Genre Country
Length 41:53
Label RCA Nashville
Matraca Berg chronology
Lying to the Moon
The Speed of Grace
(1993)The Speed of Grace1993

Lying to the Moon is the debut album of American country music singer Matraca Berg. It was released in 1990 via RCA Records Nashville. The album accounted for the singles "Baby, Walk On", "The Things You Left Undone", "I Got It Bad", and "I Must Have Been Crazy". Berg co-wrote all ten of the tracks.


The album's first two singles, "Baby, Walk On" and "The Things You Left Undone," both peaked at 36 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Following these were "I Got It Bad" and "I Must Have Been Crazy" at 43 and 55 respectively. The album itself reached number 43 on Top Country Albums.

"Baby, Walk On" was later recorded as "Walk On" by Linda Ronstadt on her 1995 album Feels Like Home. Trisha Yearwood recorded the title track on her 1993 album The Song Remembers When.

Critical reception[edit]

Mark A. Humphrey of Allmusic gave the album four-and-a-half stars out of five, saying that she "sometimes delivers with brio."[2] Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly rated it A-plus, saying that "Berg proves herself to be a songwriter of uncommon maturity" and calling her "unquestionably the first true country femme fatale of the '90s."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matraca Berg and Ronnie Samoset except where noted.

  1. "The Things You Left Undone" – 2:56
  2. "I Got It Bad" (Berg, Jim Photoglo) – 3:36
  3. "Lying to the Moon" – 3:49
  4. "I Must Have Been Crazy" – 3:05
  5. "You Are the Storm" – 4:14
  6. "Calico Plains" (Berg, Mike Noble) – 3:40
  7. "Appalachian Rain" – 3:39
  8. "Baby, Walk On" – 3:08
  9. "Alice in the Looking Glass" – 3:36
  10. "Dancin' on the Wire" (Berg, Josh Leo, Wendy Waldman) – 3:30


As listed in liner notes.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 43[4]


  1. ^ a b Lying to the Moon (CD booklet). Matraca Berg. RCA Records Nashville. 1990. 2066-2-R. 
  2. ^ Humphrey, Mark A. "Lying to the Moon review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (1990-09-21). "Lying to the Moon review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Lying to the Moon chart performance". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 September 2010.