“How Do I Get There”
Written by Deana Carter and Chris Farren
#1 (1 week)
October 18, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 3, 1997
Deana Carter co-writes her final No. 1 single of the decade.
The Road to No. 1
After Did I Shave My Legs For This? produced No. 1 hits with “Strawberry Wine” and “We Danced Anyway,” its third single, “Count Me In,” went top five. Carter topped the charts one more time with the album’s fourth single.
The No. 1
Hitting this period of the nineties has been a bit of a revelation for me, because I’m realizing how much I was taking for granted by 1997.
I remembered “How Do I Get There” as mid-level Deana Carter, a pleasant enough song that wasn’t as fresh or distinctive as the album’s other releases. Hearing it again, I’m newly impressed by its organic arrangement and Carter’s excellent vocal performance.
The fiddle work is top notch, and it builds in intensity as Carter’s own expressions of her feeling become more candid and direct. It’s a real journey from start to finish, as she summons up the courage to express to her best friend that she’s been in love with him all of this time.
I will say that I do remember 1997 being one of the decade’s better years, but I simply didn’t remember it being quite this good.
The Road From No. 1
Carter released the title track as the final single from Did I Shave My Legs For This?, and it went top thirty. Her second album, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, produced the top twenty hit “Absence of the Heart” and the top forty hits “You Still Shake Me” and “Angels Working Overtime.” Carter switched labels after that album, and her sole release for Arista – I’m Just a Girl – produced a top twenty hit with “There’s No Limit” and her final top forty hit to date with the title track.
Carter has been recording independently ever since exiting the Arista label, and has remained active on the road as well. She recently released a 25th Anniversary edition of Did I Shave My Legs For This?, which joins Wynonna’s self-titled album as the top-selling debut release from a female country artist in the 20th century.
“How Do I Get There” gets an A.
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