“Give Me One More Shot”
Written by Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen, and Ronnie Rogers
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 14, 1995
A remarkably poor song that is performed remarkably well.
The Road to No. 1
After “Reckless” topped the chart in 1993, Alabama went top ten with “T.L.C. A.S.A.P.” Then they released two of their best singles ever back-to-back, and radio didn’t embrace them as well as their earlier hits. “The Cheap Seats” was their first single to miss the top ten since 1979, despite having more personality than most of their nineties chart-toppers. Then, they previewed Greatest Hits Vol. III with the devastating ballad “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore,” which went top ten. It took the second single from Hits to put them back on top.
The No. 1
“Give Me One More Shot” is terribly written. It’s nonsensical at times, haphazardly putting together “down on my luck” tropes while also aiming to be inspirational in its resilience.
But it’s hard to pull that off with lyrics like this:
If you could see how I’m living, and this old car I drive
Well you’d probably ponder and even wonder why I even want to stay alive
The chorus isn’t any better: “Give me one more chance, I’ll learn to dance the dance.”
But I have to say that Randy Owen sings it quite well, and he sounds fully committed to the silly words coming out of his mouth. It’s almost like he’s singing a mea culpa to radio: “Hey, I know we got all creative and meaningful with our last two singles and y’all didn’t like that, so here’s a generic midtempo number that you can play between advertisements.”
Skip this one and check out “The Cheap Seats” and “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore.”
This won’t be the last time in the nineties that radio played the wrong Alabama singles.
The Road From No. 1
Alabama’s next two singles will also go No. 1, and we’ll cover both of them in 1995.
“Give Me One More Shot” gets a D.
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