ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU

Joe Ely's album version


Joe Ely:I have stumbled on the plains
Staggered in the wind
Stood at a crossroad or two
Cried to a river
Swept to the sea
All just to get to you

Joe Ely:I have jumped a yellow cab
Hopped a rusty freight
Sang till my lips turned blue
Flown a silver bird
On tops of the clouds
All just to get to you

Ely and Springsteen:I ran too hard, I played too rough
I gave my love not near enough
I bled too red, I cried too blue
I beat my fist against the moon
All just to get to you

Joe Ely:I have run from Saint Paul
To Wichita Falls
Called you from sunny Baton Rouge
I hocked everything
From my watch to my ring
Ely and Springsteen:All just to get to you

Ely and Springsteen:I ran too hard, I played too rough
I gave my love not near enough
I bled too red, I cried too blue
I beat my fist against the moon
All just to get to you

Joe Ely:From the California Shore
Where the mighty ocean roars
To the lands of the Hopi and the Sioux
Ely and Springsteen:I walked the desert sands
Crossed the Rio Grande
All just to get to you

Ely and Springsteen:I have stumbled on the plains
Staggered in the wind
Stood at a crossroad or two
Cried to a river
Swept to the sea
All just to get to you

Ely and Springsteen:I ran too hard, I played too rough
I gave my love not near enough
I bled too red, I cried too blue
I beat my fist against the moon
All just to get to you
All just to get to you
All just to get to you
All just to get to you

Info

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU is a song written by Joe Ely and Will Sexton and released on Ely's 1995 album Letter To Laredo. The above lyrics are for Joe Ely's album version of ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU as released in 1995.

Joe Ely -- Letter To Laredo
Joe Ely -- Letter To Laredo

CD - MCA (MCAD-11222) - USA, 1995
CD - Transatlantic (TRA CD 222) - UK, 1995

Bruce Springsteen contributed to the studio recording of two songs on Letter To Laredo, ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU and I'M A THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME, providing back-up vocals. The album was recorded at Spur Studios (Joe Ely's home studio) in Austin, TX. Springsteen travelled to Austin around spring 1995 and joined Ely in studio to record his parts.

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on Letter To Laredo, Joe Ely's album version of ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU also included on some other official releases.

Joe Ely -- All Just To Get To You
Joe Ely -- All Just To Get To You

CD single - Transatlantic (TRAP 1021) - UK, 1995

1-track promotional single.
Various artists -- It Takes 2
Various artists -- It Takes 2

CD - Polygram (535117-2) - Norway, 1995
Various artists -- Grooves Volume Eleven
Various artists -- Grooves Volume Eleven

CD - Time Life Music / Sony Music Special Products (A 26833) - USA, 1996
Various artists -- Alt. Country
Various artists -- Alt. Country

CD - Simitar (56232) - USA, 1998
Joe Ely -- The Best Of Joe Ely
Joe Ely -- The Best Of Joe Ely

CD - MCA Nashville (088 170 151-2) - USA, 2000
Various artists -- Honed on the Range Volume V: Texas Troubadours
Various artists -- Honed on the Range Volume V: Texas Troubadours

CD - TexasMonthly (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2003
Joe Ely -- The Best Of Joe Elie: The Millennium Collection
Joe Ely -- The Best Of Joe Elie: The Millennium Collection

CD - MCA Nashville (B0001763-02) - USA, 2004
Joe Ely -- The Definitive Collection
Joe Ely -- The Definitive Collection

2xCD - Humphead (HUMP134) - UK, 2013

Live History: on-tour

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU was performed once during what is known as The Reunion Tour (132 dates, April 1999 to July 2000), on 17 Apr 2000 in Austin, TX. The song featured a guest appearance by Joe Ely.

  1. 17 Apr 2000 at Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU was performed once during The Rising Tour (120 dates, August 2002 to October 2003), 02 Mar 2003 in Austin, TX. The song featured a guest appearance by Joe Ely.

  1. 02 Mar 2003 at Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU was performed once during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008), on 14 Apr 2008 in Houston, TX. The song featured a guest appearance by Joe Ely.

  1. 14 Apr 2008 at Toyota Center, Houston, TX

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU was sound-checked prior to the 06 May 2014 show in Houston, TX, (as far as it's known) but it was not performed on any of the High Hopes Tour's regular shows. The song was played with Joe Ely during the sound-check, but during the regular show Ely made a guest appearance on two difference songs.

Live History: off-tour

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU was performed off-tour on 14 Sep 1995 at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA, during the a guest appearance with Joe Ely.

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU was performed off-tour on 17 Mar 1996 at The Mean Fiddler in Dublin, Ireland, during a guest appearance at a Joe Ely concert.

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU was performed off-tour on 18 and 19 Oct 2001 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during The Alliance Of Neighbors Concerts. These shows were fundraisers for the families from Monmouth County, NJ, that were affected by the 9/11 tragedy. The 19 Oct 2001 show was broadcast on cable television. See the live 19 Oct 2001 version for more details.

  1. 14 Sep 1995 at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA
  2. 17 Mar 1996 at The Mean Fiddler, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 18 Oct 2001 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
  4. 19 Oct 2001 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Requests

Bruce Springsteen reportedly appears on a twenty-minute promotional mini-documentary about Joe Ely that was broadcast in Europe (but not shown in the U.S.A.) in late 1995. Please contact me if you have any information about this documentary.

Please contact me if you have scans for or info about any official release containing Joe Ely's album version of ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for the following releases:

  • Various artists -- It Takes 2 || CD – Polygram (535117-2) - Norway, 1995
  • Various artists -- Alt. Country || CD - Simitar (56232) - USA, 1998
  • Various artists -- Honed on the Range Volume V: Texas Troubadours || CD - TexasMonthly (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2003

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Available Versions

List of available versions of ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU on this website:

ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU [Joe Ely's album version]
ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU [Live 19 Oct 2001 version]

Page last updated: 01 Feb 2016