“We Tell Ourselves”
Written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 7, 1992
Clint Black launches his third album with a compelling rocker.
The Road to No. 1
Clint Black took a short hiatus between his second and third album. The final single from Put Yourself in My Shoes, “Where are You Now,” went to No. 1 in September of 1991. He returned to radio with “We Tell Ourselves,” the lead single from The Hard Way.
The No. 1
“We Tell Ourselves” is a killer record.
The hard driving arrangement is more aggressive than anything Clint Black had recorded up until that point, and it heightens the potency of the frustrated lyric.
Black is shaking off the shared delusion that things are going well and getting ready to reject the lies that he’s been telling himself.
Black is one of the smartest lyricists that has ever graced the genre, and when he was applying that skill to songs of heartache and despair, he melded Roger Miller’s wit with Merle Haggard’s emotional intelligence. “We Tell Ourselves” is one of his pinnacle achievements.
The Road From No. 1
Clint Black has two more No. 1 singles on the way from The Hard Way. The next one’s even better than this one.
“We Tell Ourselves” gets an A.
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