Judy Collins

Someday Soon

Composed by Ian Tyson

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Judy Collins' second pop hit record, "Someday Soon" is a great cross between Canadian folk music and Western country. Lyrically, this is one of the great story-songs of the 1960s and is evocative and bittersweet in its communication of a young woman in an ill-fated love affair. A sterling arrangement and performance (which included an all-star band led by Stephen Stills and Van Dyke Parks) backs up Collins' clear, heartfelt vocal reading. Touching on the 1960s lifestyle and the Vietnam war with subtle lyrical touches, it mirrored the polarization of America in its most turbulent time and was a balm for many frazzled nerves. A well-aged classic, it opens up Collins' exquisite Forever anthology.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Who Knows Where the Time Goes 1968 Elektra 3:43
Colors of the Day: The Best of Judy Collins 1972 Audio Fidelity / Darted 3:45
No Image 1979 Elektra
No Image 1979 Elektra 3:45
No Image 1981 Warner Music 3:43
Amazing Grace 1985
No Image 1988 Westwood One Radio
Our Songs: Singers & Songwriters Encore 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Rodeo's Greatest Hits 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:41
No Image 1995 Lightyear 3:42
Forever: An Anthology 1997 Elektra 3:45
Christmas at the Biltmore Estate [Video] 1998 Geneon Entertainment
American Pie: Great Tales & Sagas in Song 1998
Various Artists
Reader's Digest Music 3:45
The Very Best of Judy Collins 2001 Elektra / Rhino 3:47
Judy Collins Live at Wolf Trap 2001 Wildflower 4:03
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:47
Time in a Bottle: The Best of Mellow Rock 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 3:44
The Folk Years: Yesterday's Gone 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
Live at Wolf Trap 2003 BMG / Sony Music 3:57
Wildflower Festival 2003 Cleopatra
The Folk Years [Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:45
Judy Collins Wildflower Festival 2003 Wildflower 3:40
Singers and Songwriters: The Folk Years 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Rhino Hi-Five: Judy Collins 2005 Elektra 3:47
Wildflowers/Who Knows Where the Time Goes 2006 Phantom Import Distribution / Rhino / WEA International 3:46
Back to California: Ladies & Gentlemen of the L.A. Canyons 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 3:44
Flower Power: Wild World 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:47
The  Sound of the Westcoast: 1965-1979 2010
Various Artists
Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012 Cleopatra
Live in San Diego 2012 Immortal 3:34
Original Album Series 2013 Elektra / Rhino 3:47
Strangers Again 2015 Cleopatra / Wildflower 3:20
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