My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Single Review: Randy Travis – ‘If I Didn’t Have You’

The first in his most recent set of back-to-back number one hits, “If I Didn’t Have You” sounded like nothing else on the radio when it was released in the summer of 1992. The opening instrumentation was, and still is, instantly recognizable. When this song comes on the radio you know without a doubt what you’re listening to.

“If I Didn’t Have You” is a clever play on words where the narrator is explaining the outcome of his existence had his lover not been in the picture – he’d be lost like a ship at sea, rolling around from town to town like a feather in the wind. But most importantly, he cuts to the chase in the hook, “I wouldn’t have nothing/if I didn’t have you.”

It’s a nice sentiment that Travis brings to life with his playful vocal. He has fun showcasing the facets of his register, hitting both his signature low notes on the verses and his falsetto on the chorus. He perfectly captures the energy of the instrumentation track and has no trouble bringing the song to life.

The use of fiddle and catchy guitar work help “If I Didn’t Have You” retain its sunny and optimistic yet playful vibe. This is summertime music at its best – not a fluff piece, but a substantive love song exploring the joys of knowing you’re where you want to be in your life.

Grade: A 

2 responses to “Single Review: Randy Travis – ‘If I Didn’t Have You’

  1. luckyoldsun June 18, 2011 at 12:50 am

    There’s a point where Travis sings “Well I’ve already said it but I know it’s true…”
    Right there you know that the songwriter bored himself with this mishmash of mixed metaphors and vapid cliches and gave up on even trying.

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