Heaven Help Us

  • The Canadian singer and songwriter explained in his 2016 Songfacts interview what inspired this tune. "I wrote that song years ago about a friend of mine who started a band and he was really excited about it," said Rutledge. "They were playing in New York for the first time and they were all going down. I guess that's how it starts anyway. I just remembered my first time when I started going down to the States. It's just so hard down there. I mean, you're playing for no one."

    He continued, "I just started with this tale of this band going down, white-knuckling their way down South. 'They're going to be angry at the cops and at the parking.' I just envisioned them getting into New York and trying to find their way around.

    But then it broadens out. There's a verse where I talk about my fictional wife. I don't have a wife, but there's a verse:

    My wife is sad upon the morning
    She says nothing ever goes her way
    She looks at me and then she looks away

    There are just these little moments. In the chorus, 'Heaven help us all,' and then the bridge, 'Something changes, something changes us,' there are these little moments that change you. Everyone talks about 'the moment my life changed,' but it doesn't have to be a big event. It can be the way someone looks at you or it can be a night in New York. It can be anything anywhere and it can be really small."


Be the first to comment...

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.

The Untold Story Of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary MachineSong Writing

Fiona's highly-anticipated third album almost didn't make it. Here's how it finally came together after two years and a leak.

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The DevilSong Writing

Just how much did these monsters of rock dabble in the occult?

Steven Tyler of AerosmithSongwriter Interviews

Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Joe ElySongwriter Interviews

The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"