Vince Gill is a legend in the country music world. His skill on several instruments combined with his powerful voice and strong songwriting has made him a fan favorite for decades. So, it seems almost unbelievable that Gill has only topped the charts four times as a solo artist. Today marks the 29th anniversary of his first number-one single, “I Still Believe in You.”
“I Still Believe in You,” was the title track and lead single from Vince Gill’s fifth solo album. He released the song to the world in June of 1992. On this day, that same year, the song climbed to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Vince Gill co-penned the song with John Barlow Jarvis. Several artists have covered the song since its release. However, no one can put the power behind it that Gill does.
Fans of country music know that the best songs come straight from the heart. “I Still Believe In You,” sits firmly in that category. According to Taste of Country, Vince Gill penned the lyrics while he and his then-wife Janis Oliver were going through a rough patch in their marriage. It’s not just a love song. It’s Vince publicly assuring his wife that he is still behind her no matter what they’re going through. The couple divorced five years later. However, that doesn’t taint the beautiful sentiment of the song.
Vince Gill Pours out His Heart on ‘I Still Believe in You’
Even if you’ve never been in the situation that Vince Gill describes in the song, you can’t help but feel it. He pours so much emotion into the song that it’s nearly impossible to avoid catching some of it. This is especially true if you watch him sing, “I Still Believe in You.” Scroll up, watch the music video, and you’ll see that he feels every word. Just watch his facial expressions and body language as he sings.
Looking at the lyrics of the song, we can see that it isn’t just a reaffirmation of his love for Janis. It is also him apologizing for not prioritizing her in his life. By the time he penned the song, Gill had been in the music business for over a decade. As a result, he spent many nights away from home. Additionally, he probably had much less time to tend to his relationship when he wasn’t on the road. The first verse references this.
“Everybody wants a little piece of my time. / But still I put you at the end of the line.”
Throughout the song, Vince Gill pleads for a chance to make it up to his lady. The chorus beautifully describes why he desperately needs to show her how much she means to him.
“I still believe in you. / With a love that will always be / Standing so strong and true. / Baby I still believe in you and me.”