“Once Upon a Lifetime”
Written by Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 5, 1993
One of Alabama’s weaker efforts.
The Road to No. 1
“I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)” was a major hit for Alabama, and preceded this new single at the top. This is the second of three consecutive No. 1 single from American Pride.
The No. 1
This song makes absolutely no sense to me.
I think what they’re going for is one of those “three vignettes” songs that add up to a larger story.
For me, it doesn’t work because of the discordant note struck by the second verse. The first and third verses capture a couple losing their virginity together and welcoming a baby, respectively. But the second verse and the bridge seem to be about losing the love of your life.
Maybe there’s a narrative thread I’m missing. Alabama ballads were what we used before Ambien hit the market. But I’m pretty sure that this is just a mess.
The Road From No. 1
Another two chart toppers are on the way from Alabama in 1993, so we’ll be seeing them again soon.
“Once Upon a Lifetime” gets a C-.
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