Seems there ain't no end in sight
To sleep would be best, but I just can't afford to rest
I've got to ride in Denver tomorrow night
I called the house but no one answered
For the last two weeks no one's been home
I guess she's through with me, to tell the truth I just can't see
What's kept the woman holding on this long
After years of urging from friends, Garth finally got his first contract with Capitol Nashville, and began recording his first album. He would reflect later in his career on just how scared he was to release that first effort, and sometimes still feels that way when he sings some of its songs at concerts.
The album saw heavy influence from George Strait, and was fairly close to the sound of 80s country. Still, he made his voice heard, with several hit songs giving Garth his first taste of stardom, and the confidence to proceed with his music career.
It proved to be quite popular, and thus a star was born. The album would reach #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and even hit #13 on the main Billboard 200 album chart. In fact, as subsequent albums drove him to superstardom, this album would end up lingering in the top half of the Billboard 200 for most of the next five years, resulting it being certified ten-times Platinum—and eventually Diamond—by the RIAA.
The album spawned four singles: "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)", "If Tomorrow Never Comes", "Not Counting You", and "The Dance". All four would be Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country chart, with "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Dance" reaching #1.
The four singles would be added to the European release of his next album, No Fences. This would lead to "The Dance" reaching #36 on the UK pop chart.
- "Not Counting You" (2:34)
- "I've Got a Good Thing Going" (2:54)
- "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (3:41)
- "Everytime That It Rains" (4:12)
- "Alabama Clay" (3:39)
- "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" (2:58)
- "Cowboy Bill" (4:33)
- "Nobody Gets Off In This Town" (2:19)
- "I Know One" (2:55)
- "The Dance" (3:38)
"When loving turns to leaving I'm always the first to trope:"
- Double Meaning: "The Dance" could be about the bittersweet end of a romance, or someone dying in a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The ballads in this album are slicker than the sound that would make him a legend beginning with the next album.
- Old Flame Fizzle: The singer of "Everytime That It Rains" ended up having a one-night stand with a waitress in a roadside cafe. When they met a second time, they tried to do it again, but couldn't bring themselves to.
- Record Producer: This album began his long term association with producer Allen Reynolds.
- Small Town Boredom: "Nobody Gets Off in This Town" is about how boring a small unspecified rural town can get:Now let me see if I can set the scene
It's a one-dog town and he's old and mean
There's one stop light but it's always green
Nobody gets off in this town...