John Hiatt Delivers “The Terms of My Surrender”

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Are you ready for the thing called love? Sure. But are you ready for a fat man in a thong? If so, you’ll want to check out this live performance of John Hiatt’s “The Terms of My Surrender,” the title track of the acclaimed songwriter’s newest album.

The melody is subdued, and the footage is in black-and-white, yet there’s always a bit of clever, colorful wordplay in Hiatt’s exceptional catalog.

“I was thinking about a buddy of mine. I had just seen him and he was talking about running and gunning when we were younger,” Hiatt recalls. “He said, ‘Yeah, I was out there trying to negotiate the terms of my surrender.’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s kind of what I was doing, too.’ Of course, it’s non-negotiable, but that line stuck with me: ‘the terms of my surrender.’ And it kind of rolled into this love song and how love really isn’t negotiable.”

Look for Hiatt back on the road on Sept. 12, when he’ll appear at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. After that, he’ll be playing solo acoustic dates across the U.S. through the end of November.

Give it up for the CMT Edge live performance of John Hiatt’s “The Terms of My Surrender.”