“Can I Trust You With My Heart”
Written by Stewart Harris and Travis Tritt
#1 (1 week)
February 13 – February 20, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
January 29 – February 5, 1993
Travis Tritt tops the charts again with another power ballad.
The Road to No. 1
Tritt snapped a five consecutive No. 1 single streak with the lead single from his third Warner Bros. album, t-r-o-u-b-l-e. “Lord Have Mercy On the Working Man” went top five on both charts. The second single was the biggest release from the album, a rare multiple week No. 1 on Radio & Records that wasn’t due to a holiday chart freeze.
The No. 1
It seems hilariously tame now, but the controversy at the time over the content of the “Can I Trust With Your Heart” music video overshadowed that this wasn’t a song about sex.
It’s a powerful request for emotional certainty before committing to another person for the rest of your life. Tritt was always at his best when he played the role of the tough guy with a tender heart.
I find the production itself a bit bloated, and it pushes Tritt to go overboard vocally after the instrumental bridge. He gathers himself back together quickly, but it’s an early sign of things to come.
The Road From No. 1
Tritt’s next three singles from the project all missed the top ten, but Tritt led off his fourth album with another No. 1 single. We’ll cover it when we get to 1994.
“Can I Trust You With My Heart” gets a B+.
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