“Drift Off to Dream”
Written by Stewart Harris and Travis Tritt
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 19, 1991
Travis Tritt charts a final No. 1 single from his debut album.
The Road to No. 1
Country Club had produced consecutive No. 1 singles in “Help Me Hold On” and “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” before “Put Some Drive in Your Country” peaked outside the top ten on both charts. Undeterred, Warner Bros. went for a fifth single from Tritt’s major label debut.
The No. 1
And it’s his strongest single to date.
Even if it had been presented as a typical love song, it would be a winner. Sweet without being sappy, “Drift Off to Dream” sets out relationship goals that are just about being together, whethere while dancing to the radio or holding hands on the porch, with a late all-nighter ending with her drifting off to dream in his arms.
But it’s the framing of the song as a fantasy that elevates it to classic status, with the counterpoint to the girl drifting off to dream being that Tritt is dreaming himself, sitting at the bar and longing for a woman that he’s yet to meet.
It’s a promise to be faithful and true to the woman of his dreams, coupled with the determination to wait until she comes into his life. He will not be going home with a random partner at the bar. He’ll drink his sorrows and go home to drift off to dream, his arms empty for now.
The Road From No. 1
Travis Tritt is about to explode into superstardom with his next album, and all four of its singles will be covered in this feature.
“Drift Off to Dream” gets an A.
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