“Today My World Slipped Away”
Written by Vern Gosdin and Mark Wright
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 28, 1997
George Strait takes a Vern Gosdin classic to the top.
The Road to No. 1
This is the third of six consecutive No. 1 hits from Strait, which began with the first two singles from Carrying Your Love With Me: “One Night at a Time” and the title track.
The No. 1
Vern Gosdin is a criminally underrated singer and songwriter that didn’t get nearly enough attention during his heyday.
Case in point: his original version of “Today My World Slipped Away” stopped at No. 10. Thankfully, he was still around to collect the songwriting royalties when George Strait’s version made it the No. 1 single it should’ve been fifteen years earlier.
Strait was such a consistent hitmaker for so many years that hearing the subtle changes in his voice over time was like trying to feel the earth spin. He remained too pure of a singer for his voice to ever be described as weathered by time, but it did get richer and deeper, and his performance on this record is the midpoint between his youthful sound on “Amarillo By Morning” and his fully matured vocal on “Troubadour.” It gives weight to a heavy lyric about a divorce that has left him “alone and afraid.”
It’s far and away the best single from Carrying Your Love With Me, and one of the best of his many No. 1 singles from this decade.
The Road From No. 1
One more No. 1 single from Carrying Your Love With Me is still on deck, and it will be followed by two No. 1 hits from his next studio album. We’ll cover all of them in 1998.
“Today My World Slipped Away” gets an A.
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