“I Believe in You”
Written by Roger Cook and Sam Hogin
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
October 3 – October 17, 1980
#1 (2 weeks)
October 18 – October 25, 1980
The word underrated gets thrown around a lot, and perhaps it’s slightly contradictory to use it to describe one of the most successful country artists of his generation and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
But I’m going to use it anyway, because Don Williams released “Good Ole Boys Like Me” and “I Believe in You” back-to-back, and they’re both in competition for the best No. 1 country hit of 1980.
Williams once said that “I Believe in You” is the closest that any song of his came to fully articulating his worldview. What’s fascinating about that is that “I Believe in You” is somehow both vague enough and specific enough for people of wildly divergent worldviews to claim as their own. There are lines that don’t resonate much with me, but then there’s the second verse, which I wish I could have written myself:
I don’t believe that heaven waitsFor only those who congregate I like to think of God as love He’s down below, he’s up above
He’s watching people everywhereHe knows who does and doesn’t care And I’m an ordinary man Sometimes I wonder who I am
How perfect that the second version of the chorus also includes “I believe in music,” which may be my only constant, unwavering belief. How can you not believe in music when it’s as powerful as this?
“I Believe in You” served as the title track for Williams’ 1980 album. It went platinum and won the CMA Award for Album of the Year. His next release from the album was “Falling Again,” which went top ten. Williams then released his Especially For You album, which produced a top five hit with its lead single, “Miracles.” Williams’ next two singles went to No. 1, including one from that album, but first, we’ll see him paired up with another great singer with exquisite taste in material.
“I Believe in You” gets an A.