Sometimes a song has such a big impact that it becomes one of those inspirational signs that people hang in their homes:
Sometimes uninspired country songwriters see an inspirational sign and awkwardly craft a song around it:
“The Breath You Take” doesn’t survive the transition from country home decor kitsch to inspirational song. Where it falls apart is insisting that this mouthful of words be spoken in casual conversation by the protagonist, rather than a narrator. Instead of speaking from the heart, he sounds like he’s quoting an inspirational sign.
I could write an entire Favorite Songs by Favorite Songwriters piece on Dean Dillon, and most of the entries would be sung by George Strait. But this is one of their weakest collaborations ever.
Written by Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon, and Jessie Jo Dillon
Listen: The Breath You Take