"Get Here" is a pop ballad written by American singer and songwriter Brenda Russell. The title track of her fourth studio album Get Here (1988), it became a moderate hit on the Billboard R&B chart on the heels of the album's massive first hit, "Piano in the Dark". American vocalist Oleta Adams recorded the song in 1990, making it a major international hit that reached the top 5 in both the US and the UK. Adams's version of "Get Here", co-produced by Roland Orzabal from the band Tears for Fears (for whom she had performed the female vocals on the hit single "Woman in Chains" a year earlier), became her signature song.
|Single by Brenda Russell|
|from the album Get Here|
|Released||September 13, 1988|
|Producer(s)||André Fischer, Brenda Russell, Peter O. Ekberg|
|Brenda Russell singles chronology|
Composition and first release
Brenda Russell had written the song while staying at a penthouse in Stockholm: the tune came to her as she viewed some hot air balloons floating over the city, a sight Russell recalls set her "really tripping on how many ways you can get to a person" (the eventual song's lyrics include the line: "You can make it in a big balloon but you'd better make it soon"). Although Russell did not pursue the musical ideas that came to her as her current record label saw her as a dance artist and she thought would not be interested in a song such as the one which became "Get Here", the song was still in the singer's mind when she woke up the next day: "I don't read or write music [so] it's extraordinary if a song is still in my head that I haven't jotted down or recorded. So if it's still in my head overnight, I think that’s something extra special, it's like somebody trying to tell me something." Russell recorded the song as the title cut of her 1988 album from which it was issued as a single - the album's third - reaching #37 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Oleta Adams version
|Single by Oleta Adams|
|from the album Circle of One|
|B-side||"I've Got to Sing My Song"|
|Oleta Adams singles chronology|
It was while Oleta Adams was visiting Stockholm that she heard Russell's song playing in a record store and was sufficiently impressed with the song to record it for her 1990 album Circle of One. Adams's version of "Get Here" was issued as a single in early 1991. World events at this time gave the song a resonance as an anthem for the US troops in the Gulf War—underscored by the lyrics "You can reach me by caravan / Cross the desert like an Arab man"—which sent Adams's single into the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1991.
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||27|
|Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)||3|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||80|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||27|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||28|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||43|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||4|
|US Billboard Hot 100||5|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||3|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||8|
|Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)||46|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||48|
|US Billboard Hot 100||80|
|United Kingdom||January 1, 1991|
|Sweden||February 11, 1991|
|United States||March 15, 1991|
- An uptempo cover version was released in the UK in 1993 by the dance act Q featuring Tracey Ackerman and reached number 37 in the UK Top 40.
- A signature number of Justin Guarini during season one of American Idol and included on the Justin Guarini album.
- "Get Here" has also been recorded by Vanessa Amorosi, Paul Anka, David Archuleta, Alexia Gardner, Salena Jones, Patti LuPone, Barbara Mandrell, Omar Chakil (who wrote French lyrics for his version: "Tu m'as tout donné"), Jennifer Rush, Livingston Taylor, Siti Nurhaliza, Jonalyn Viray, and Susan Wong.
- Also Edsilia Rombley recorded "Get Here" for her 1998 album Edsilia from which it was taken as a single reaching #88 on the Netherlands charts: previously Rombley had recorded a Dutch rendering of the song entitled "Zorg Dat Je Er Bent" which had appeared on the singer's 1997 Thuis album.
- Australian born Irish singer Johnny Logan recorded the song as "Get Here If You Can" for his album, We All Need Love (2003).
- A humorous cover of "Get Here", which featured comedy sound effects after each method of transport mentioned, was performed by fictional singer Michelle Coffee in the Peter Kay series Phoenix Nights.
- The song was performed by Andy Hallett as his character Lorne on the series Angel, in the season 2 episode "First Impressions".
- During American Idol's American Juniors, Lucy Hale sang "Get Here" in the top-20 semi-final 2. She was chosen as one of the 5 contestants who advanced to the next competition.
- Nils Landgren recorded a cover of the song on his album Chapter Two (2009).
- Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) recorded a cover for her 2013 album At Last.
- Will Downing covers the song on his album Black Pearls (2016).
- Sam Smith recorded a cover for his Spotify Singles release in 2018.
- Conchita Wurst recorded a cover for his 2018 album From Vienna with Love.
- Renee Cologne covered the song on her 2019 release Coverlings.
The Beautiful South's album Gaze included a song with the same title and, partially, similar lyrics - but reversed the theme, with Paul Heaton protesting his unwillingness to travel any distance at all for his lover. (Sample lyric: "You can get here by helicopter"/"I can barely make Blackpool sands").
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