“If I Know Me”
Written by Pam Belford and Dean Dillon
#1 (2 weeks)
May 11 – May 18, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 3, 1991
George Strait continues to keep pace with the new and rising stars of the early nineties.
The Road to No. 1
From his previous studio set, Livin’ it Up, Strait had enjoyed two No. 1 singles that spent five weeks each at No. 1. Recorded as he was the reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year, Strait would release four singles from his next studio effort, Chill of an Early Fall.
The No. 1
“If I Know Me” is yet another effortless ballad from Strait, combining his ear for strong material with his strength as a storyteller.
Sung from the perspective of a man who has just left home after a fight with his wife, his mind is wandering back home, imagining her upset and worried that he isn’t coming home. But in the chorus, he already knows he’s coming home. “If I know me, I’ll turn this car around, I won’t get halfway through town, and I’ll be sorry.”
Strait has an uncanny ability to embody what women hope men are thinking. So much of his best material is in this vein.
“If I Know Me” is one of his best singles from this era. It’s also an early indication of how Strait’s timeless sound would endure through the rise and fall of younger artists more directly tied a specific era of country music.
The Road From No. 1
As noted above, Strait will score another two No. 1 singles from this set. We will see both of them before the end of 1991.
“If I Know Me” gets an A.