“Look Heart, No Hands”
Written by Trey Bruce and Russell Smith
#1 (2 weeks)
January 23 – January 30, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 15, 1993
A trio of love songs today, and this one’s the best.
The Road to No. 1
Randy Travis released two Greatest Hits packages on the same day. After topping the charts with “If I Didn’t Have You” from Volume One, he scored another No. 1 hit with the only single released from Volume Two.
The No. 1
He may be most associated with the eighties, but some of Randy Travis’ best singles came out in the nineties.
This is one of the best love songs of the decade, connecting the feelings of invincibility from the days of youth to the safety and security created by finding your soul mate.
“No doubts. No fears. Just like when you are here.”
Perhaps it’s a bit dated now, but the image of riding a bike with that fearlessness (“tennis shoes up on the handlebars, paying no mind to the passing cars”) resonates with my childhood.
Travis sings it beautifully, with nuance and restraint. It makes for quite the contrast with the next two entries.
The Road From No. 1
Travis pulled one more single from Greatest Hits Volume One. “An Old Pair of Shoes” fell well short of the top ten. He then moved on to the Wind in the Wire soundtrack, which featured songs from his television movie of the same name. Two singles from the project, “Cowboy Boogie” and the title track, peaked outside the top forty.
But Travis still had some more No. 1 singles on the way in the nineties, and we’ll cover the next two when we get to 1994.
“Look Heart, No Hands” gets an A.
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