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 Ian Matthews
Released February 1974
Recorded December 1973-January 1974
Genre Country rock
Length 33:41
Label Elektra
Producer Ian Matthews
Ian Matthews chronology
Valley Hi
(1973)Valley Hi1973
Some Days You Eat The Bear
Go For Broke
(1976)Go For Broke1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

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 the Elektra 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 etc. 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, firstly 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