When I'm Back On My Feet Again

Album: Soul Provider (1989)
Charted: 44 7

Songfacts®:

  • Written by prolific hitmaker Diane Warren ("I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," "Because You Loved Me"), this pop-rock ballad finds Bolton optimistic in the face of hardship and looking forward to leaving his sorrow behind when he's back on his feet again. Warren wrote the song while dealing with the grief over her father's death: "The song wrote itself... I was thinking about my dad who had recently passed away, and it just came pouring out."
  • Warren can enjoy a certain anonymity as a popular songwriter as most fans of her work don't know what she looks like, and often attribute her songs to the stars who give voice to her lyrics. But she also has fans within the music industry who let her know how songs like this affect them.

    "Some artists will send me letters they get, and [in the letters] they'll be talking about how a song saved their live or something, or touched them when they were going through a rough time," she explained to American Songwriter. "I remember a song I wrote for Michael Bolton, 'When I'm Back on My Feet Again,' someone literally said it saved their life. They were suicidal, and when they heard the song, it gave them strength. What more can you ask for than to have a song do something like that. It's pretty cool. It really feels good because I sit alone in a room. I don't know the effect my songs have, but they really touch people, if they come from the heart. They really can do a lot of good for people."
  • The song spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

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