“Two Sparrows in a Hurricane”
Written by Mark Allan Springer
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 27, 1992
A tender tale of a love that spans generations.
The Road to No. 1
After topping the charts with “Down to My Last Teardrop,” Tanya Tucker scored three more top five hits from her platinum-selling What Do I Do With Me set: the title track, “Some Kind of Trouble,” and “If Your Heart Ain’t Busy Tonight.” During this album cycle, she was named CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year.
Tucker previewed her next album with “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” which returned her to the top of the charts.
The No. 1
The structure sounds a little familiar, I’m sure.
Kathy Mattea scored two signature hits – “Love at the Five and Dime” and “Where’ve You Been” – with the “three scenes from a life-long love affair” framework. Collin Raye enjoyed his breakthrough hit less than a year earlier with a truncated version that spanned only two verses.
But who cares if the story beats are borrowed when the characters are drawn this well?
“Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” packs some extra punch by acknowledging that aging in and of itself is a hell of a life challenge, though it uses a bit of humor by repeating the “he’s barely driving a car” line that was first applied to the young man just getting his license in the first verse.
Tucker’s grit as a vocalist also fits the sentiment well, and she fills in some of the darker elements that the lyrics only hint at with her masterclass performance.
The Road From No. 1
Tucker received several award nominations for the single and video of this song, taking home the ACM Music Video trophy. She still has one last No. 1 hit on deck, too. We’ll cover it in early 1993.
“Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” gets an A.
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