“One More Last Chance”
Written by Vince Gill and Gary Nicholson
#1 (1 week)
October 9, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 1, 1993
Gill takes a walk on the wild side.
The Road to No. 1
We’re still in that ongoing streak of ten consecutive No. 1 singles from Vince Gill. This is the sixth.
The No. 1
Vince Gill takes a walk on the wild side, and it’s less Marky Mark and more Hooray For Everything in its execution.
Your mileage may vary, but for me, Vince Gill singing about being “a good old boy making noise” and heading down to the bar on a John Deere tractor because his wife hid his car keys is kind of ridiculous.
Gill avoided the “you’re making light of alcoholism” criticism that dogged Toby Keith when he released “You Ain’t Much Fun” a little later in the decade, and I don’t attribute that to changing sentiments about the subject. Not enough time had passed.
It’s just that you could believe that Toby Keith was coming home drunk off his behind and collapsing at the foot of the stairs. With Vince, it’s more like an homage to the hard-living country stars of days gone by, right down to the George Jones cameo at the end of the music video, which suggests that Gill is being distracted by his golf buddies, not his drinking buddies.
Gill is charming enough on the record to pull it off, and leans into the humor with some great lines like his wife waiting up with “a good book in her left hand and a rolling pin in the right,” and her taking his glasses away “’cause she knows that I can’t see.” It’s enough to keep the proceedings shy of becoming a full blown novelty record, which had a better chance of happening than it being taken seriously as a drinking and partying anthem.
The Road From No. 1
There is a fifth and final single on deck from I Still Believe in You, and it will be released following Gill’s dominance at the 1993 CMA Awards, where he hosted solo for the first time and took home five awards: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Song, Album, and Vocal Event.
“One More Last Chance” gets a B.
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