“I’ve Come to Expect it From You”
Written by Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon
#1 (5 weeks)
December 8, 1990 – January 5, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
November 30 – December 7, 1990
George Strait takes the Billboard chart into 1991 with this long-running No. 1 single.
The Road to No. 1
1990 was a great year for George Strait. He won CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, and the lead single from his Livin’ it Up album, “Love Without End, Amen”, spent five weeks at No. 1. Perhaps surprisingly, his second single from that album fell short of the top. “Drinking Champagne” was a cover of an old Cal Smith hit, and it earned a solid top five placing on both charts. For the third single, Strait managed to match his five week stay at the top.
The No. 1
“I’ve Come to Expect it From You” is a delightful anomaly in Strait’s storied career. It’s nervy and angry, with a thread of bitterness that Strait has rarely explored in his work. As a general rule, his songs shoulder the responsibility for love gone wrong or right.
Not here, even if some moments of self-loathing surface. Strait gives a tense and irritated performance that matches the lyric, at times sounding like he’s singing through gritted teeth: “I guess that I should thank my unlucky stars that I’m alive, and you’re the way you are. But that’s what I get. I’ve come to expect it from you.”
“How could you do what you’ve gone and done to me,” he wonders. “I wouldn’t treat a dog the way you treated me.” Finding his backbone, he packs up to leave, with the parting words, “There won’t be no more next time doing me wrong. You’ll come back this time to find out that I’m gone. Bu that’s what you get. You should expect that from me.”
This one is in my top ten favorite Strait songs of all time.
The Road From No. 1
MCA quit while they were ahead with Livin’ it Up, and didn’t issue a fourth single. We’ll see Strait again later in 1991, with the first three singles from his next album all topping at least one chart before the year is out.
“I’ve Come to Expect it From You” gets an A.