“Down to My Last Teardrop”
Written by Paul Davis
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 30, 1991
Tanya Tucker returns with an energetic new sound.
The Road to No. 1
After starting the nineties with back-to-back No. 1 hits, Tucker found success with three more singles from Tennessee Woman (“Don’t Go Out (with T. Graham Brown)”, “It Won’t Be Me,” and “Oh What It Did to Me.”) Tucker then previewed what would become her biggest selling studio album with a lead single that showcased a more aggressive sound than the hits that preceded it.
The No. 1
“Down to My Last Teardrop” is one of the rare Tanya Tucker records where the music lives up to the feisty and independent woman that Tanya Tucker is.
She sasses and growls her way through a kiss-off anthem that’s heartfelt in its commitment to moving on, but keeps its tongue firmly planted in its cheek with humorous and intelligent lyrics.
Tucker knows she has a great song, and she sings with a vibrancy that was often missing in her late eighties hits. This new attitude on record would serve her well, kicking off the peak of her commercial success.
The Road From No. 1
The next three singles from What Do I Do With Me all went top five, starting with the title track, and then followed by “Some Kind of Trouble” and “If Your Heart Ain’t Busy Tonight.” It became Tucker’s first platinum album, and it powered her to her 1991 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year win. Her next album would keep the hits coming, and would include her final two chart-toppers. which will both come along in 1991.
“Down to My Last Teardrop” gets an A.