“As Any Fool Can See”
Written by Kenny Beard and Paul Nelson
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 3, 1995
Another solid hit from Tracy Lawrence.
The Road to No. 1
Lawrence continued his hot streak at radio with his third album, I See it Now. After hitting No. 1 with the title track, Lawrence repeated the feat with the second single, which became his ninth No. 1 hit.
The No. 1
Is any artist faring better in this retrospective than Tracy Lawrence?
“As Any Fool Can See” is another great radio hit, perfectly constructed and beautifully delivered by Lawrence. As cardboard cutout characters were beginning to dominate the radio, Lawrence remains firmly grounded in reality, with his narrator wrestling with his own culpability as his relationship begins to fade.
“She’s not here, but she’s not gone. I guess she must be waiting on the man I promised her I’d be,” he ruefully observes, as he picks up on the little signals that indicate the relationship is coming to an end. A stray tear here, a picked fight there, as the scales slowly fall from his eyes.
I can’t help thinking that if Lawrence had been a label with more Music Row history than Atlantic, he’d have a Male Vocalist trophy on his mantle.
The Road From No. 1
His next two singles from I See it Now will also go No. 1, and we’ll cover both of them in 1995.
“As Any Fool Can See” gets an A.