Written by Randy Boudreaux
#1 (2 weeks)
May 1 – May 8, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 23, 1993
Tracy Lawrence tops the charts with his greatest single.
The Road to No. 1
Tracy Lawrence’s debut album featured three No. 1 singles – “Sticks and Stones,” “Today’s Lonely Fool,” and “Runnin’ Behind” – and a top ten hit, “Somebody Paints the Wall.” His second album would do even better, with all four singles topping at least one chart.
The No. 1
“Alibis” is one of the best singles of the decade. I know I’ve been saying that a lot lately, but this was a frontloaded decade.
Lawrence wraps his talented vocal abilities around a complex lyric and cadence that lesser singers would struggle with. When there is this much wordplay, it can be difficult to communicate emotional nuance.
But Lawrence is in full control of his gift here, and is able to express his own shame as he sympathizes with the woman he’s done wrong and the new guy who is headed for the same kind of heartache:
The chorus is a classic, but I’ve always been most stunned by the second verse:
She once thought that love wasn’t just a game
Her feelings once came from the heart
And one day I gave her a wedding ring
And one night I tore all those feelings apart
The Road From No. 1
As noted above, the next three singles from this album will all go No. 1, so we’ll be seeing a lot more of Tracy Lawrence in 1993.
“Alibis” gets an A.
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