“Tonight I Climbed the Wall”
Written by Alan Jackson
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 30, 1993
Alan Jackson’s songwriting gift continues to mature.
The Road to No. 1
Alan Jackson’s A Lot About Livin’ album was getting ready to explode, but before it did so with its third single, Arista sent this often overlooked ballad to radio, and it kept Jackson’s chart-topping streak alive.
The No. 1
Many of Alan Jackson’s best songs are ones that he wrote by himself.
Once you know what to look for, you can spot his solo efforts easily. When he’s on his own, the emotion and specific details drive the lyric, and he doesn’t compromise them by trying to make the lines rhyme more neatly or have a more consistent rhythm.
“Tonight I Climbed the Wall” is a great example of this. The chorus itself is economical, circling back to the same title that opened it. It’s conversational and it doesn’t force the metaphor to stretch beyond its purpose.
It feels like an intimate look into a real marriage that got a little sidetracked, with the husband being willing to swallow his pride and close the gap between them before it gets too wide.
Another one of the best from one of the best.
The Road From No. 1
Jackson’s next single is a game changer for his career. We’ll get to it soon.
“Tonight I Climbed the Wall” gets an A.
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