The Past Didn't Go Anywhere

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The Past Didn't Go Anywhere
The Past Didn't Go Anywhere-cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 15, 1996
RecordedMarch 1996
GenreFolk, spoken word
LabelRighteous Babe
ProducerAni DiFranco
Ani DiFranco and Utah Philips chronology
The Past Didn't Go Anywhere
Living in Clip
Utah Phillips chronology
I've Got to Know
The Past Didn't Go Anywhere
Loafer's Glory
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB [2]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention) [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars [4]

The Past Didn't Go Anywhere is an album by American folksinger Utah Phillips and American singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, released October 15, 1996, on Ani DiFranco's label, Righteous Babe Records.

On the album Utah Phillips is recorded telling stories at concerts with Ani DiFranco setting the musical background. DiFranco provides background vocals on the first and last tracks as part of her remixing, but no songs as such.

This was followed by Fellow Workers, a second collaboration between Phillips and DiFranco, which focused on Union songs associated with the Industrial Workers of the World and contained singing as well as spoken word pieces.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco.

  1. "Bridges" – 8:03
  2. "Nevada City, California" – 6:41
  3. "Korea" – 8:30
  4. "Anarchy" – 6:27
  5. "Candidacy" – 1:45
  6. "Bum on the Rod" – 4:18
  7. "Enormously Wealthy" – 0:43
  8. "Mess With People" – 6:44
  9. "Natural Resources" – 2:31
  10. "Heroes" – 1:07
  11. "Half a Ghost Town" – 4:22
  12. "Holding On" – 6:13



  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. The Past Didn't Go Anywhere at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 236–7. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.