Sideways (Clarence Greenwood song)

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"Sideways" is a song written by American artist Clarence Greenwood, who is known by the pseudonym Citizen Cope. Although the song has never charted,[1] it has been widely featured in pop culture. The song was included on Santana's 2002 album Shaman. Citizen Cope then included it in his 2004 album, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings. It has since been covered by Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, and Tyler James.

Original version[edit]

The song was included in Santana's Shaman album featuring Citizen Cope.[2] Greenwood is credited as the writer and producer of this track. A two-line refrain in the song that is repeated is "These feelings won't go away, They've been knockin' me sideways," leading to its actual and its commonly mistaken title. This version uses an electric guitar backup behind Citizen Cope's vocals. Citizen Cope has a version featuring Santana with a music video that is set to scenes from the 2006 Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz film The Fountain.[citation needed]

Citizen Cope version[edit]

The song was included on Citizen Cope's 2004 album The Clarence Greenwood Recordings with a running time of 5:22.[3] The Video for this version credits Craig M. Johnson as the director and was distributed by RCA Records. It features Greenwood playing a classical guitar while singing and various spliced images of him. A Re-recording of the song appears on a limited edition of Citizen Cope's 2010 album The Rainwater LP. Citizen Cope's version also appears on the 2005 compilation album Live At the World Cafe: Volume 19 with a running time of 5:19.[4] The song is also included in 2010 Italian Film "Baciami Ancora"'s soundtrack.[citation needed]

Other versions[edit]

Sheryl Crow does a 5:11 version on her 2010 album 100 Miles from Memphis featuring Citizen Cope.[5] Part of this version appeared on the November 1, 2011, Season 2, "Hard Knocks" episode 7 of Body of Proof.[6] The song was also performed live by guitarists Nuno Bettencourt and Zakk Wylde on the 2016 Generation Axe tour.[7]

Pop culture[edit]


  1. ^ "Sideways - Citizen Cope". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
  2. ^ "Shaman". Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "The Clarence Greenwood Recordings". Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Live At the World Cafe: Volume 19". Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Graff, Gary (July 9, 2010). "Sheryl Crow, "100 Miles From Memphis"". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
  6. ^ not sure if an online source will arise, but this will be confirmable when the DVDs come out in 2012
  7. ^ Silverman, Renee (April 13, 2016). "Generation Axe guitar legends shred for one night in Los Angeles". Retrieved April 14, 2016.