Marshall Crenshaw is an American singer-songwriter who got his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway touring company of the musical Beatlemania. While in New York, he recorded this song for Alan Betrock's Shake Records, after which he was signed to Warner Bros. Records. "While I was there, I wrote 'Someday, Someway' and five or six of the other tunes on my first album," he recalled to Spinner UK. "I wrote those in my hotel room. That was my next move in life, to be a recording artist. I actually had a sense of artistic direction and off I went."
Crenshaw recalled the song's origins to Spinner UK: "I was taking basic rhythmic grooves from some of my favorite old rock 'n' roll records," he remembered. "There was a record that I really loved by Gene Vincent called 'Lotta Lovin'' that had a particular kind of beat to it. It just really did a thing to my nervous system."
Retro rocker Robert Gordon was the first to record this tune, taking the song to #76 in 1981, then Crenshaw's own version made #36 the next year. Though his self-titled debut album was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon release, this song was to be his only Billboard Top 40 hit. However he has continued to record over the next few decades and has also had some success in Hollywood, appearing in the film Peggy Sue Got Married as well as portraying Buddy Holly in La Bamba.
Speaking to American Songwriter magazine, Crenshaw described the writing of this song as an 'Eureka' moment. He said: "By this time I'd already written '(You're My) Favorite Waste of Time' and some other good ones, but I really thought that "Someday" was a breakthrough. I liked that it had this hypnotic riff-type basis; I'd used the basic groove to 'Lotta Lovin' by Gene Vincent as a starting point, thought that that was cool. And I liked the lyrics, they were nice and spare but had some depth, lots of possible meanings and implications, etc. There was something kind of mysterious about it and I liked that. It was one of those ones that came out in a rush."