“I Saw the Light”
Written by Lisa Angelle and Andrew Gold
#1 (3 weeks)
July 4 – July 18, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 26, 1992
Wynonna tops the charts with the most played song of 1992.
The Road to No. 1
Wynonna’s debut album had already produced a No. 1 single with its lead-off release, “She is His Only Need.” MCA/Curb followed with an uptempo hit that became the first female single to spend three weeks at No. 1 since Anne Murray’s “I Just Fall in Love Again” in 1979.
The No. 1
Wynonna is not covering the Hank Williams classic here. Instead, this is a kiss-off number directed at a cheating lover. It has the rhythm and cadence of a classic sixties girl group hit, infused with just enough twang to keep the proceedings country.
And it’s funny. The setup is particularly damning: “Baby when the curtains moved, I couldn’t believe the view. I saw the light in your window tonight. I saw two shadows holding each other tight.” Believing her eyes over his lies, she wryly notes that “they say that love is blind. Baby, not this time.”
It’s another winner in a string of them from her outstanding debut album.
The Road From No. 1
“I Saw the Light” topped the year-end Billboard chart for 1992, even though it wasn’t the longest-running No. 1 single of the year. It wasn’t Wynonna’s longest-running chart-topper either. That’s up next.
“I Saw the Light” gets an A.
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