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Where've You Been


Where've You Been

"Where've You Been"
Single by Kathy Mattea
from the album Willow in the Wind
Released 1989
Genre Country
Length 3:44
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Jon Vezner, Don Henry
Producer Allen Reynolds
Kathy Mattea singles chronology

"Burnin' Old Memories"
"Where've You Been"
"She Came from Fort Worth"

"Where've You Been" is a song recorded by American country music artist Kathy Mattea. It was released in 1989 as the third single from the album Willow in the Wind. The song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]

Co-written by her husband, Jon Vezner, and Don Henry, the song is about two lovers, Edwin and Claire. It uses three interpretations of the phrase "where've you been", all spoken by Claire toward Edwin in various situations: in the first verse, she asks him where he has been all her life; in the second, she asks him where he has been after coming home late one night; and in the third, the two are elderly hospital patients. Claire has "lost her memory" of family and friends, but again asks Edwin "where've you been" upon seeing him when she is close to death.[2]

The song won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1990. Kathy Mattea was awarded the Grammy award for Best Country Performance, Female for her recording.

Chart performance

Chart (1989) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 13
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 25
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 10

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 55


External links

  • 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, Country Genre (official site)
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