“This Woman and This Man”
Written by Michael Lunn and Jeff Pennig
#1 (2 weeks)
March 18 – March 25, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 17, 1995
Clay Walker delivers one of his career-best singles.
The Road to No. 1
Walker’s previous two singles, “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” and “If I Could Make a Living,” both went No. 1. With “This Woman and This Man,” he continued his run at the top.
The No. 1
This is one of the very best singles of 1995 and of Clay Walker’s deep catalog of hits.
It captures the difficulty of putting into words how you are feeling about your partner, when the relationship feels like it’s slipping away and you can’t quite find the way to articulate what you want to say.
The framing here is brilliant: “I know what I want to say. Can I get it through to you now in some other way? Like there was this woman and there was this man, and there was this moment they had a chance to hold on to what they had.”
It reminds me of K.T. Oslin’s “Hold Me,” which used a similar conceit: talking about the couple in the third person for the first two verses, than revealing that she was really talking about her own relationship the whole time.
This second verse still floors me today:
A stranger’s eyes in a lovers face
See no signs of a better time and placeHave we lost the key to an open door?
I feel the need to reach out to you even moreIt’s a circle we’re going round
If we don’t get us out from under
It’s going to take us down