Some Days You Eat the Bear

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Some Days You Eat The Bear And Some Days The Bear Eats You
Ian bear.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1974
RecordedDecember 1973-January 1974
GenreCountry rock
ProducerIan Matthews
Ian Matthews chronology
Valley Hi
Some Days You Eat The Bear And Some Days The Bear Eats You
Go For Broke
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Some Days You Eat The Bear And Some Days The Bear Eats You is the 1974 album by country rock/folk rock musician Ian Matthews.

The original vinyl album was released worldwide by Elektra Records, the second of two Ian Matthews solo albums released on that label (the first being Valley Hi in 1973), and featured various well-known session musicians such as David Lindley, Al Garth, Jeff Baxter from Steely Dan, and others. It also featured bandmates, guitarist Andy Roberts and drummer Timi Donald, from the first Plainsong album, In Search Of Amelia Earhart.

The album was reissued on CD by Elektra in 1991 and has twice been reissued as a 2-on-1 remastered release with Valley Hi, first by Water Records in 2003, and more recently by BGO Records in 2017.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ol' '55" (Tom Waits) - 3:12
  2. "I Don't Wanna Talk About It" (Danny Whitten) - 3:48
  3. "A Wailing Goodbye" (Ian Matthews) - 2:52
  4. "Keep On Sailing" (Ian Matthews) - 4:37
  5. "Tried So Hard" (Gene Clark) - 3:00
  6. "Dirty Work" (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) - 2:51
  7. "Do I Still Figure In Your Life" (Pete Dello) - 2:51
  8. "Home" (Ian Matthews) - 3:12
  9. "Biloxi" (Jesse Winchester) - 4:18
  10. "The Fault" (Ian Matthews) - 3:00



  • Producer: Ian Matthews
  • Recording Engineer: Fritz Richmond at Elektra Sound Records, Hollywood CA
  • Album Design: Brian D McLaughlin with assistance from Ian and Christina Matthews
  • Photography/Cover Art: Front and back cover: Brian D McLaughlin; Insert: Christina Matthews
  • Liner Notes: Linda Hennrick


  1. ^ Hartenbach, Brett. Some Days You Eat the Bear at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 7, 2019 – via