"Someday My Day Will Come" is a song by
Americancountry singerGeorge Jones. It was released as a single by
Epic Records in 1979 during a relative down period for the singer and, like several of his recent singles, failed to make the top 20, peaking at number 22.
The song, an expression of eternal optimism in the face of great hardship, was poignant considering George's life was a mess at the time; addicted to alcohol and cocaine and missing shows at an astonishing rate, lawsuits from promoters as well as other legal issues were piling up. In his memoir George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, Bob Allen recalls that in February 1979 a federal
bankruptcy judge ordered that "the artist and songwriter's royalties allegedly owed to George by
United Artists Records,
Pappy Daily, and the Broadcast Music Institute (royalties which, in most cases, he'd already managed to sign away) be turned over to the court and applied towards payment of the beleaguered singer's $1.5 million in debts." Producer
Billy Sherrill shrewdly chose songs like "Someday My Day Will Come" that appeared to reflect the turmoil in Jones' personal life, as he had done with his duets with ex-wife
Tammy Wynette and later songs like "
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)" and "I've Aged Twenty Years in Five." For his part, Jones didn't care, admitting in his 1995 autobiography, "The press had made my personal life so public so frequently for so long that I didn't care what people knew, didn't know, or thought they knew about me. If folks bought my records because they thought I was breaking down, which I happened to be, then so be it."
^Allen, Bob (1996). George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend. St Martin's Press. p. 286.
^Jones, George; Carter, Tom (1996). I Lived to Tell it All. Villard. p. 287.