Western Song: Someday Soon
Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson composed Someday Soon, which he then recorded with his wife, Sylvia Tyson, as the musical duo Ian & Sylvia. “Some Day Soon” appeared on their 1964 album “Northern Journey” shortly after their marriage in 1964. It had been issued previously as the B-side of the duo’s advance single release “You Were on My Mind” in January 1964. Ian & Sylvia stopped performing by 1975 and divorced shortly after that. Ian Tyson continued his singing career as a part-timer, recording “Someday Soon” in 2002 for his live album release, Live at Longview. Meanwhile, Sylvia continued writing and performing.
Aside from Ian & Sylvia’s recording, “Someday Soon” became hit songs for several artists in the country and western field like Judy Collins, Suzy Bogguss, and Moe Bandy. Their versions successfully charted during their time.
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About the Song
Someday Soon tells a story from a young woman’s perspective. The woman waits for her lover to arrive with the determination to follow her man “down the roughest road” she knows. The song’s lyrics outlined the disapproval of her parents—possibly stemming from the idea that her lover displayed a resemblance to her father’s younger days.
The song contains elements similar to the writer, Ian Tyson himself. For example, Tyson had been a rodeo rider during his younger days, just like how the song mentions “a young man” who rides the rodeo.
Aside from the musical duo’s version, the song has been recorded by many Country and Western artists such as:
- The Kingston Trio (1965 album, The Kingston Trio (Nick Bob John)
- Julie Felix (1965 album, The Second Album)
- Judy Collins (1968 album, Who Knows Where the Time Goes)
- Judy Lynn
- Lynn Anderson (1970 album, Stay There ‘Til I Get There)
- Glen Campbell [I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star) album]
- Tanya Tucker (1975 album, Tanya Tucker)
- Moe Bandy (1982 album, Rodeo Romeo; the song reached it’s peak position #31 at the Billboard Hot Country Songs)
- Suzy Bogguss (1991 album, Aces; the song spent 20 weeks on the Country Singles Charts, reaching it’s peak at #12)
- Lucy Kaplansky (2007 album, Over the Hills)
- One Hundred Dollers (2008 album, Forest Of Tears)
- Eileen Laverty
- Judy Collins with Jimmy Buffett
Listen to Someday Soon (Ian & Sylvia Version)
Someday Soon Lyrics
There's a young man that I know whose age is twenty-one Comes from down in southern Colorado Just out of the service he's lookin' for his fun Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon My parents cannot stand him 'cause he rides the rodeo My father says that he will leave me cryin' I would follow him right down the roughest road I know Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon But when he comes to call my Pa ain't got a good word to say Guess it's 'cause he's just as wild in his younger days So blow you old blue Norther, blow my love to me Ridin' in tonight from California He loves his damned old rodeo as much as he loves me Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon [Guitar] When he comes to call my Pa ain't got a word to say Guess it's 'cause he's just as wild in his younger days So blow you old blue Norther blow my love to me Ridin' in tonight from California He loves his damned old rodeo as much as he loves me Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon.