“We Danced Anyway“
Written by Matraca Berg and Randy Scruggs
#1 (2 weeks)
March 15 – March 22, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 7, 1997
Deana Carter scores again with a Matraca Berg cut.
The Road to No. 1
After reaching No. 1 with her debut US single, “Strawberry Wine,” Deana Carter repeated the success with another song co-written by Matraca Berg.
“We Danced Anyway” had two things in common with “Strawberry Wine.” First, as noted above, it was co-written by Matraca Berg. Second, it was like nothing else on the radio at the time.
The entire plotline of “We Danced Anyway” is unique and fresh, catching a couple dancing to music in another language “in a happy little foreign town where the stars hung upside down,” enjoying every minute even though they “never understood a word.”
The chorus then plays off on this: “We just sang, oh, la la la la la la la la, and we danced anyway.” The memory is then used as a way to rekindle the old flame, reminding them both of the freedom and limitless possibilities that they felt at that moment long ago.
The production is bright and airy, with no unnecessary flourishes getting in the way of the lyric and Carter’s typically understated delivery of it. The hits from her debut album felt like they were cutting a new path for country music to travel down. It took a detour and went in a very different direction, but much like the memory in this song, one listen of “We Danced Anyway” is enough to remember that moment of freedom and hope for the future.
The Road From No. 1
“Count Me In” was another excellent single from Did I Shave My Legs For This, and it went top five. Carter had her final No. 1 hit to date with the album’s fourth hit, and we’ll cover it before the end of 1997.
“We Danced Anyway” gets an A.
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