“Where are You Now”
Written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas
#1 (2 weeks)
September 28 – October 5, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 13, 1991
Clint Black tops the charts with the strongest single from his second album.
The Road to No. 1
After reaching No. 1 with the second single from Put Yourself in My Shoes, “Loving Blind,” Clint Black reached the top ten with the third single, “One More Payment.” The fourth and final single returned Black to the to penthouse for the seventh time.
The No. 1
“Where are You Now” is the strongest of the four hits from Black’s second set, and the only one that reaches the standard of excellence established on his first set, Killin’ Time.
Black sketches a compelling character who is left wondering where the only anchor of his life has gone, but he doesn’t wonder why she’s gone. He’s merciless on himself, cataloging his shortcomings and mourning how he “took for granted you’d be around to pick me up on my way down.”
He’s completely adrift without her, but he knows where to squarely place the blame: “Another fine mess I’ve got into, and if I knew which way to turn, I’d still turn to you. So if everything is said and done, what am I supposed to do?”
One of his finest ballads, and it is the first of three consecutive singles that rank among his best.
The Road From No. 1
Clint Black will top the charts with his next three solo singles, all of them from his excellent third album, The Hard Way. There was a gap between studio albums, so we won’t see Black again until the summer of 1992.
“Where are You Now” gets an A.