Song of the Day: Desire by Ryan Adams

Desire” is a song by Ryan Adams from his 2002 album Demolition. The song, at the length of 3:41, was not released as a single from the album. It originally attracted little attention, and even though the review site Music Box described it as crossing “U2 with Bob Dylan”, several major reviews – like Rolling Stone and The A.V. Club – did not even mention the song.


Two hearts fading, like a flower.
And all this waiting, for the power.
For some answer, to this fire.
Sinking slowly.
The water as higher.

With no secrets.
No obsession.
This time I’m speeding with no direction.
Without a reason.
What is this fire?
Burning slowly.
My one and only.

You know me.
You don’t mind waiting.
You just can’t show me, but God I’m praying,
That you’ll find me, and that you’ll see me,
That you run and never tire.


From Ryan in 2002, “I don’t know why I wanted to do that song. Another totally unrequited romance, I guess. I really wanted someone’s company and attention. In true singer-songwriter bullshit fashion, I recored the song and she flipped her wig. It’s from the ’48 Hours’ session, which was really inspired by going to see Alanis Morissette play. She was amazing and it just made me feel I had to go back to the studio and try harder.”

The song did however gain popularity later on, as a soundtrack for various popular television series. On 26 January 2005 the song was featured on theWest Wing episode “King Corn”.A year later, on 20 February 2006, it was also used for the House, M.D. episode “Skin Deep”. It also played at the TV series John Doe (Episode 9), originally aired 12/6/2002. More recently, it was used on Beauty & the Beast episode 1×16 “Insatiable” aired on 21 March 2013.

Ryan Adams

Born November 5, 1974 (age 38)
Jacksonville, North CarolinaUnited States
Origin Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Genres Rock, alternative country
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter,producer, poet, painter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica,bass guitar, drums, banjo,mandolin, ukulele
Years active 1991–present
Labels Bloodshot, Lost Highway, PAX AM, Capitol
Associated acts Whiskeytown, The Cardinals,The Finger, Patty Duke Syndrome, Blank Label
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-355
Fender Telecaster
1974 Guild D-25
Harmony Sovereign H1264
Buck Owens American
Fender Stratocaster

image by hoooook

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One Response to Song of the Day: Desire by Ryan Adams

  1. 45spin says:

    Ryan has written some of the best love songs and ultimately heartbreak songs throughout his career. If life as an artist is what you write I would say his love life has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. Nice post.

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