Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I told you so

Randy Travis is now an elderly figure in Country music. He enjoyed great success in late 80s, and left a permanent mark with his traditionalist approach. His songs from that period define country music to me. Simple music, touching words, great voice and sung with pathos.

The song "I told you so" is one of his biggest hits, reaching the top of the charts in 1988. The lyrics are a bit too cheesy, but it's still one of my favourite songs for his well controlled delivery. The melody is just wonderful.
Would you tell me that you've missed me too, and that you've been so lonely
And you've waited for the day that I returned
And we'd live and love forever, and that I'm your one and only
Or would you say the tables finally turned

Would you say I told you so, Oh, I told you so
I told you someday you'd come crawling back and asking me to take you in
I told you so, But you had to go
Now I found somebody new and you will never break my heart in two again
This is original solo from Randy Travis.

The song was later covered by Carrie Underwood. Her duet version with Randy Travis made the song a huge hit once again, more than 20 years after the original version.

This is a live performance at the American Idol show. The tonal qualities of the two singers provide an interesting contrast. Of course, Randy Travis sounds aged and anyway it's hard to keep up with the range of pitch in Carrie Underwood's voice.

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