Have a Little Faith in Me

"Have a Little Faith in Me"
Song by John Hiatt from the album Bring the Family
Released 1987 (1987)
Genre Rock[1]
Length 4:01
Label A&M[1]
Writer(s) John Hiatt
Language English

"Have a Little Faith in Me" is a song written and performed by John Hiatt that appears on his 1987 album Bring the Family and is the song he is most known by. His version of the song has also appeared on the soundtracks of the movies The Theory of Flight (1998), Look Who’s Talking Now (1993), Benny & Joon (1993), Cake with Heather Graham (2005), My Best Friend’s Girl (2008), and Love Happens (2009). Live versions were included on 1994’s Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan? and 2005’s Live from Austin, TX. The song has been included in all of his greatest hits collections, including 1998’s The Best of John Hiatt (as a new, rerecorded version) and Greatest Hits — The A&M Years ’87-’94, 2001’s Anthology, 2003’s 20th Century Masters and the 2005 box set Chronicles.


The song was the first song written by Hiatt following his sobriety from drugs and alcohol which had already contributed to his marriage breakdown and his being released by former record labels.

The original attempt at recording the song took place at a friend's studio and included a larger instrument accompaniment however the recording was plagued by technical issues. The morning after, Hiatt was informed that his estranged wife had committed suicide. Hiatt attributes the technical problems with the original recording as a sign that the song was not meant to be heard that way and he eventually released the song much more simply with a piano accompaniment.[2]


Mandy Moore version

"Have a Little Faith in Me"
Single by Mandy Moore
from the album Coverage
Released July 15, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded February 2003
Genre Pop
Length 4:02
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) John Hiatt
Producer(s) John Fields
Mandy Moore singles chronology
"Only Hope"
"Have a Little Faith in Me"
"Drop the Pilot"
Music video
"Have a Little Faith in Me" on Youtube.com

Background, release and composition

"Have a Little Faith in Me" is the first single from the fourth studio album from Mandy Moore, Coverage. Moore has publicly admitted the original song to be one of her favorites. In 2004, the label included "Have a Little Faith in Me" in the first compilation of Mandy Moore, The Best of Mandy Moore.[3][4] Later, in 2007, included the single in the deluxe edition of the second artist compilation album, Super Hits.[5]

The music video for "Have a Little Faith in Me" was directed by Christopher Mills, with whom Moore worked for the first time.

"Have a Little Faith in Me" did not have a major impact in the United States, reaching the No. 39 position radial count Pop Songs. As the date, "Have a Little Faith in Me" has sold 1,000 physical copies and 45,000 paid digital downloads according to Nielsen Soundscan.[6]

Track listings

  1. "Have A Little Faith In Me" (Album Version) — 4:03
  2. "Have A Little Faith In Me" (Ford Remix) — 3:59
  1. "Have a Little Faith in Me" - 4:03

Credits and personnel

  • Mandy Moore – vocals
  • John Hiatt — songwriter
  • John Fields — producer, keyboards and guitar

  • Dorian Crozier — engineering[9]


Chart (2003) Position
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 39
Ukraine (FDR Pop Charts)[11] 14

Nashville Version

"Have a Little Faith in Me" was covered by Maisy Stella (as Daphne Conrad) and Will Chase (as Luke Wheeler) in the third season of the television show Nashville. The song was performed on episode 19 "The Storm Has Just Begun." It was released as a single and included on the album The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2.[12]


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