“We Were in Love”
Written by Chuck Cannon and Allen Shamblin
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 29, 1997
Toby Keith’s final No. 1 single of the decade is an emotional epic.
The Road to No. 1
“We Were in Love” followed “Me Too,” the final single from Blue Moon that topped the charts earlier in 1997.
The No. 1
This is one of the best songs that Toby Keith ever recorded, and he performed it with a dramatic flair that showcased his deepening talent as a vocalist.
The chorus is brilliantly constructed, building in intensity each time out and requiring both power and control for it to work. Keith is more than up to the challenge, and considering the direction so much of his music would go in the near future, it’s especially impactful to hear him tackling a song about a mature relationship with the wisdom and perspective that only come with time.
Dream Walkin’ was Keith’s strongest album for Mercury, and their inability as a label to get him to break out on a larger scale with it made his transition to a new label inevitable. It’s worthy of rediscovery for curious listeners who know him best as the Red, White, and Blue Red Solo Cup guy.
The Road From No. 1
Dream Walkin’ produced two additional top five hits: “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” (with Sting) and the title track. A final single, “Double Wide Paradise,” just nicked the top forty. Keith closed out his tenure with Mercury with Greatest Hits Volume One, which included the fantastic top twenty single “Getcha Some.” When we cover the 2000s, Keith will feature heavily with songs from his tenure at DreamWorks.
“We Were in Love” gets an A.
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