“Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go”
Written by Mike Reid
#1 (1 week)
January 26, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 11, 1991
Alabama’s first No. 1 single of 1991 treads familiar ground.
The Road to No. 1
After topping the charts for four weeks in 1990 with “Jukebox in My Mind,” Alabama released a stately ballad as the third single from Pass it On Down.
The No. 1
And that stately ballad is a slowed-down rewrite of “Forever and Ever, Amen,” complete with the flash forward to the golden years, where a promise is given that the love will remain.
Y’all, this record is boring.
They’d already done so many ballads like this by this point in their career, and there are another dozen on the way throughout the nineties. It’s not a bad song, but it’s not an essential one, either.
Truth be told, even Trisha Yearwood couldn’t make this lyric compelling, and she’s the best interpretive singer of the last forty years, so there was little hope that Randy Owen could work wonders with it.
The Road From No. 1
Alabama still have two more No. 1 singles on the way this year from Pass it On Down, plus one more from their second hits collection.
“Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go” gets a C.