Maybe you discovered this song through Bonnie Raitt’s version. Or maybe you heard John Prine sing it first.
Either way, it’s a great song, and this video shows Prine explaining where that song comes from.
John Hiatt is one of those songwriters whose songs are popular to casual music fans because of other, famous artists recording them, but whose name is still not as well-known as it should be.
Fittingly enough, I discovered this song through a Buddy Guy recording, from the “Damn right I have the blues” album.
That opening riff is a thing of beauty, and the mood is perfectly set by both the lyrics and the chord progression.
Just because I love him so much, here’s Buddy Guy’s version. Oh yeah, and it’s the wonderful Bonnie Raitt on slide and vocals: