“Burn One Down”
Written by Clint Black, Frankie Miller, and Hayden Nicholas
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
December 11, 1992
A deliciously bitter highlight of the Clint Black catalog.
The Road to No. 1
The Hard Way only produced three singles, but all of them topped at least one of the two major charts. Following “We Tell Ourselves,” Black returned to No. 1 with “Burn One Down.”
The No. 1
This is my favorite Clint Black single ever.
I love the fiddle, I love the Haggard-reminiscent vocal, and I love the melody.
But all of them take a back seat to the lyric, which applies Black’s skilled wordplay to a legendary kiss-off that’s as clever as it is cutting.
Just the double meaning alone of that last lyric in the second verse: “Anyone can see you won’t be crying over me, and you never were that kind.”
It gets me every damn time.
He’s gathering up his pride on the way out the door by convincing his parting lover, and perhaps trying to convince himself, that he had her number the whole time: “That’s just the way you are,” he insists. “I’ve known all along.”
Did he? Maybe not.
Is it a satisfying turn of the knife anyway? Hell, yeah.
The Road From No. 1
Next up is the third and final single from The Hard Way, and it will top both charts in 1993.
“Burn One Down” gets an A.
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