“Stars Over Texas“
Written by Larry Boone, Tracy Lawrence, and Paul Nelson
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 27, 1996
Tracy Lawrence again demonstrates the difference between a singer and a stylist.
The Road to No. 1
“Time Marches On” was Tracy Lawrence’s biggest chart hit, and he kept the momentum going with two additional No. 1 singles from the album of the same name. Up first is “Stars Over Texas.”
The No. 1
“Stars Over Texas” doesn’t break any new ground lyrically, relying heavily on frequently used metaphors of unconditional love. The most creative thing about it is how it pairs the idea of hanging the moon for someone with the eternity of the heavens: “As long as there’s stars over Texas, I’ll hang the moon for you.”
So why does it sound so much better than the string of love songs we’ve been covering lately?
Simply because Tracy Lawrence is more than a singer. He’s a stylist. His distinctive vocal signature, coupled with his gift for interpreting a lyric, gives “Stars Over Texas” the special sauce it needs to stand out among the glut of slow, traditional ballads being engineered in every Music Row studio during that time.
Among Lawrence’s own output, it’s one of his least memorable No. 1 singles. But it’s a stone cold classic when put up against the rest of the ballads topping the charts by other male acts at the time.
The Road From No. 1
A much more interesting No. 1 single from this album is up next, and we’ll cover it in early 1997.
“Stars Over Texas” gets a B+.
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