“If the World Had a Front Porch“
Written by Kenny Beard, Tracy Lawrence, and Paul Nelson
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 29, 1995
Tracy Lawrence mines nostalgia for this No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
Like Alibis before it, I See it Now produced four No. 1 hits. This final single follows the title track, “As Any Fool Can See,” and “Texas Tornado.”
The No. 1
This kind of idealistic pining for the good old days are hard to pull off, simply because those “good old days” were horrible for many people.
This one works because Lawrence keeps things specifically to his own front porch growing up, with details about his own life and the role different family members played in a childhood he warmly remembers.
The world wouldn’t really be better off if things were like they were in those good old days, but maybe it would be if it was Lawrence’s specific childhood front porch that was the standard.
The Road From No. 1
Tracy Lawrence missed the top spot with the lead single from his fourth album, Time Marches On. “If You Loved Me” went top five. Atlantic then released the album’s title track, which would become the biggest hit of Lawrence’s career. We’ll cover it in 1996.
“If the World Had a Front Porch” gets a B+.
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