Real Fine Love

John Hiatt is the talented singer/songwriter who is a native of Indianapolis. In his frankly autobiographical song “Real Fine Love,” Hiatt captures some of the blue collar bitterness he felt as he headed out to Memphis at age 18 to make a living as a professional songwriter:

Well I never went to college,
I did not have the luck.
Stole out of Indiana
In the back of a pickup truck.
With no education higher
Than the streets of my hometown
I went lookin’ for a fire
Just to burn it all down.

In the song, Hiatt finds deliverance of a kind with his wife and their family together. He’s now been married for twenty years. When he passed through Minneapolis in January 2007 for a show with Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark, Hiatt’s wife introduced the show. Hiatt rose to the occasion with the song. “I’d seen an angel or two before,” he sings, “but I’d never asked one to be my wife.”

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