“Today’s Lonely Fool”
Written by Kenny Beard and Stan Paul Davis
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 24, 1992
Tracy Lawrence goes two for two.
The Road to No. 1
Following his chart-topping debut single, “Sticks and Stones,” Tracy Lawrence repeated the feat with his second single.
The No. 1
“Today’s Lonely Fool” is a reflective ballad about jealousy and regret. The chorus is as good as anything he’s ever done, making the wry observation that “yesterday’s jealous man is today’s lonely fool.”
The verses don’t quite measure up to that chorus, particularly the half-spoken, half-sung second verse that awkwardly promises to be proud when other men check his partner out.
But Lawrence could sing the phone book and still sound great. (Indeed, he often did.)
The Road From No. 1
One more No. 1 is on deck from Sticks and Stones. We’ll get to it later this year.
“Today’s Lonely Fool” gets a B.