The Past Didn't Go Anywhere

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The Past Didn't Go Anywhere
The Past Didn't Go Anywhere-cover.jpg
Studio album by Ani DiFranco
Released October 15, 1996
Recorded March 1996
Genre Folk, Spoken Word
Length 57:18
Label Righteous Babe
Producer Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco chronology
The Past Didn't Go Anywhere
Living in Clip
Utah Phillips chronology
I've Got to Know
The Past Didn't Go Anywhere
Loafer's Glory
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B [2]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [4]

The Past Didn't Go Anywhere is an album by American folksinger Utah Phillips and American singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco. It was released October 15, 1996, on Ani DiFranco's label, Righteous Babe Records.

The album consists of recordings of Utah Phillips telling stories at concerts that have been set to musical background by Ani DiFranco. There are no songs as such on the album, and DiFranco only provides background vocals on the first and last tracks as part of her remixing efforts.

The album was followed by Fellow Workers, a second collaboration between Phillips and DiFranco, which focused on Union songs associated with the Industrial Workers of the World and contained singing as well as spoken word pieces.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco.

  1. "Bridges" – 8:03
  2. "Nevada City, California" – 6:41
  3. "Korea" – 8:30
  4. "Anarchy" – 6:27
  5. "Candidacy" – 1:45
  6. "Bum on the Rod" – 4:18
  7. "Enormously Wealthy" – 0:43
  8. "Mess With People" – 6:44
  9. "Natural Resources" – 2:31
  10. "Heroes" – 1:07
  11. "Half a Ghost Town" – 4:22
  12. "Holding On" – 6:13



  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. The Past Didn't Go Anywhere at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 236–7. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.