This Desert Life

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This Desert Life
A painting of a man wearing a suit and bowler with a fishbowl containing two goldfish for a head. The album and artist names are written on the cover in black.
Studio album by Counting Crows
Released November 1, 1999 (1999-11-01)
Recorded 1998 in a house in California
Genre Alternative rock
Length 59:46
Language English
Label Geffen
Producer David Lowery, Dennis Herring
Counting Crows chronology
Across a Wire: Live in New York City
This Desert Life
Hard Candy
Singles from This Desert Life
  1. "Hanginaround"
    Released: October 18, 1999
  2. "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"
    Released: August 15, 2000
  3. "All My Friends"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly C+ link
Q 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (choice cut) link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Spin (6/10) link

This Desert Life is the third studio album from Counting Crows. The cover art is by noted comic book artist Dave McKean, best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, and was adapted from the cover art McKean did for Gaiman's picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adam Duritz except as indicated.

  1. "Hanginaround" (Duritz, Dan Vickrey, Ben Mize, David Bryson) – 4:07
  2. "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"  – 7:46
  3. "Amy Hit the Atmosphere" (Duritz, Matt Malley) – 4:36
  4. "Four Days" – 3:28
  5. "All My Friends" – 4:49
  6. "High Life" (Duritz, Vickrey) – 6:20
  7. "Colorblind" (Duritz, Charlie Gillingham) – 3:23
  8. "I Wish I Was a Girl" (Duritz, Gillingham) – 5:53
  9. "Speedway" (Duritz, Vickrey) – 3:44
  10. "St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream" – 15:40
  11. "Kid Things" (hidden track)

The CD cover lists tracks one through five as "side one" and tracks six through ten as "side two". "Kid Things" is a hidden track as part of "St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream". The vinyl release of this album also contains "Kid Things" as a hidden track along with another hidden track called "Baby I'm a Big Star Now", which is featured in the film Rounders. They are both on the side D with a text asking you not to play that side.

"Colorblind" was featured in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions and the 2014 film Mommy.


Counting Crows
Additional musicians

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom November 1, 1999
United States November 2, 1999



Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard 200 8[citation needed]
Billboard Top Canadian Albums 8[citation needed]
Billboard Top Internet Albums 3/18[citation needed]
UK Albums Chart 19[citation needed]
Australian Albums Chart 20[citation needed]


Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Hanginaround" Billboard Adult Top 40 5[citation needed]
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 37[citation needed]
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17[citation needed]
The Billboard Hot 100 22[citation needed]
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 21[citation needed]
Billboard Top 40 Tracks 19[citation needed]
2000 Billboard Top 40 Recurrents 3[citation needed]
"Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" Billboard Adult Top 40 40[citation needed]


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold December 10, 1999[citation needed]
Platinum January 24, 2000[citation needed]