Dwight Yoakam – Fast As You

I was playing in some club in 1994 and the other guitar player wanted to try a new song that he and the drummer knew. He said it was easy so we followed him and this was the song. It went over really well and I had never heard it before. We didn’t do that often…to attempt a song that most of us never heard but we kept playing it for the next couple of years.

The song crosses the country line into rock so I was surprised it didn’t rise higher in the Billboard 100.

The song peaked at #2 in the Billboard Country Charts, #5 in the Canadian Charts in 1993…it also peaked at #70 in the Billboard 100.

It was on his great album This Time released in the spring of 1993…it was a big hit, spawning three number two country singles — “Ain’t That Lonely Yet,” “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere,” and “Fast As You.”

Fast As You

Maybe someday I’ll be strong
Maybe it won’t be long
I’ll be the one who’s tough, yeah
You’ll be the one who’s got it rough

It won’t be long
And maybe I’ll be real strong

Maybe I’ll do things right
Maybe I’ll start tonight
You’ll learn to cry like me, girl
Baby, let’s just wait and see

Maybe I’ll start tonight
And do things right

You’ll control me, oh, so boldly
Rule me ’til I’m free
The pain that shakes me finally makes me
Get up off of my knees
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Maybe I’ll be fast as you
Maybe I’ll break hearts too
But I think that you’ll slow down
When your turn to hurt comes around

Maybe I’ll break hearts
And be as fast as you, uh

You’ll control me, oh, so boldly
Rule me ’til I’m free
The pain that shakes me finally makes me
Get up off of my knees

Maybe I’ll be fast as you
Maybe I’ll break hearts too
I think that you’ll slow down
When your turn to hurt comes around

Maybe I’ll break hearts
And be as fast as you
Maybe I’ll break hearts
And be as fast as you

Oh, sookie

Maybe someday I’ll be strong
Maybe it won’t be long
I’ll be the one who’s strong
You’ll be the one who’s got it rough

You’ll be the one who’s got it rough

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

32 thoughts on “Dwight Yoakam – Fast As You”

  1. Like popcharts said, I didn’ t know this one but i know & like the other 2 singles off the album. This sounds good too, old organ is a nice touch. How did the crowds respond to your version?

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    1. Oh very well…he is really popular in the Nashville area of course…we kept playing it after that…we didn’t do that very much because it’s scary as hell trying something like that in front of people…we did Rocky Mountain Way also like that…that one though we all had heard so many times that it was easy.

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    1. Well I’m glad this makes you happy!!! Howl at the moon happy at that!
      Is it just me…or does Dwight and Tom Petty remind you of each other?

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      1. Just got back from a trip out to the lake (pics later) and guess what CD I brought with me?

        I can see the resemblance between those two but Tom does not have the same effect on me as Dwight does.

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      2. Try finding a pic of them together…it looks like they would have ran into each other.

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  2. Didn’t recognize the title but immediately recognized the song – agree must have been a lot of fun to play. I remember when Dwight and Steve Earle were heralded as the future of country music – they shook things up. For a few years at least.

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      1. I with you on that….it was funny about Dylan. He was only in his forties or early fifties but something happened and he only played for 45 minutes and left.
        As he was walking off some guy behind me yelled “I know you are an old MF but F***”…I lost it man.

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      1. Oh cool… I thought I saw an interview on him where he mentions he modeled Carl on someone or a couple of people.

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