“Live Until I Die”
Written by Clay Walker
#1 (1 week)
January 29, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 21, 1994
Clay Walker is wise beyond his years on his second No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
After scoring a No. 1 single with his debut hit, “What’s it to You,” he repeated the trick with his second single.
The No. 1
“Live Until I Die” opens with a beautiful fiddle introduction that previews the melody of the chorus. It sets up a more conventional country record than its predecessor was, leaning heavily into nostalgia and keeping the proceedings understated throughout.
Walker was 24 years old when this song was on its chart run, and like a year or two younger when he wrote it. It comes off as a young man making a declaration of the simple life that he wants to lead, well before life decides whether or not it has other plans for him.
He sings it effectively, with his genuine commitment to his way of life shining through. I reckon it sounds even better now when he does it live, with a few more years of living under his belt.
The Road From No. 1
The ballad “Where Do I Fit in the Picture” came next, and it barely missed the Billboard top ten. He’d return to the top with the fourth and best single from his debut album. We’ll get to it later in 1994.
“Live Until I Die” gets a B+.
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