“You Know Me Better Than That”
Written by Anna Lisa Graham and Tony Haselden
#1 (3 weeks)
August 17 – August 31, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 9, 1991
One of George Strait’s wittiest hits.
The Road to No. 1
“You Know Me Better Than That” is the second of three chart-toppers from Strait’s platinum-selling album, If I Know Me.
The No. 1
For my money, it’s one of Strait’s all-time great singles, thanks to its witty lyric and playful performance.
The conceit of the record is remarkably creative. The protagonist is in the idyllic stage of a new relationship, but he’s having a conversation with the woman who stuck with him before finally giving up as he revealed his true self over time.
This new relationship is destined for the same doomed fate, and the two ex-lovers having a laugh over that would come off as cynical in the hands of a lesser vocalist. But with Strait, it’s more like, “I’m trying, but you just know I’m gonna mess this up…”
The Road From No. 1
Strait’s third and final No. 1 single from Chill of an Early Fall is up next, and it’s written by one of the most important songwriters of the nineties.
“You Know Me Better Than That” gets an A.