“I Thought it Was You”
Written by Gary Harrison and Tim Mensy
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 20, 1991
Doug Stone launches his second album with his second No. 1 single.
The Road to No. 1
Doug Stone’s self-titled debut single produced three singles. The first two went top five (“I’d Be Better Off (in a Pine Box)” and “Fourteen Minutes Old”), and the third went to No. 1 earlier in 1991 (“In a Different Light.”) The lead single from his next album, I Thought it Was You, was the title track.
The No. 1
And it’s a heartbreaker.
“I Thought it Was You” is one of Stone’s weepiest hits, although it lacks the morbid intensity of his debut single. But just because he isn’t imagining his dead body on a slow train back to Georgia doesn’t mean he’s not hurting.
The title does most of the heavy lifting, bookending the chorus with its two meanings. He sees a face in the crowd that he thought was her, and it reminds him that “there’s one special love in each life, and I must look like a fool. I thought it was you.”
His voice is perfectly suited for material like this.
The Road From No. 1
After firmly establishing himself a balladeer, Stone would top both charts with his next single, which is an uptempo honky tonk number.
“I Thought it Was You” gets a B+.