Alan Jackson is one of the biggest names in country music. He has been a staunch defender of traditional country since he burst onto the scene in 1990. At the same time, he has proven that there is still a market for that kind of real down-home music written straight from the heart. In fact, Jackson is one of the best-selling country artists of all time. He also has 26 chart-topping singles to his name.
Today marks the 24th anniversary of the release of his fifteenth number-one single “There Goes.” To celebrate, we’re going to take a look at the song and the album it came from. So, comb out your mullet, trim up your mustache, and grab your best sleeveless shirt. We’re going all the way back to 1997.
Alan Jackson Releases ‘There Goes’ On This Day in 1997
Alan Jackson released the album Everything I Love on October 29, 1996. He released six singles off of the album. There are some certified bangers on Everything I Love. It contains “Little Bitty,” “Who’s Cheatin’ Who,” “Between the Devil and Me,” and, of course, “There Goes.” The strength of those singles helped to propel the album to success. Everything I Love became Jackson’s third album to hit the top of the Country Albums chart. It also hit number 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It has since been certified as triple Platinum.
“There Goes,” hit the airwaves on July 7, 1997, as the fourth single off of Everything I Love. It peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on September 20 of that year. That made a total of fifteen number ones for Alan Jackson. It was the second chart-topper from the album.
A Look at ‘There Goes’
Like many of his singles, Alan Jackson wrote, “There Goes.” It is one of three solo writes on Everything I Love.
Country music is full of love songs. They take several different forms. However, songs about a man pursuing a woman or falling in love from afar are pretty common. Alan Jackson takes a different approach in “There Goes,” though. The song is about a guy who is playing hard to get. He’s obviously already smitten by her. However, he tries to play it cool
But, when she creeps up on him like a “big black widow spider,” and whispers his name, he loses his cool. Alan Jackson sings about being trapped in her web from that moment on. He spells it out in the song’s chorus.
“And there go your paralyzin’ eyes. / There goes your tantalizin’ smile. / There goes my act of playin’ it cool. / And there go the words I meant to say. / There go the games I wanted to play. / There goes my heart fallin’ for you.”
All in all, it’s a fresh take on some well-trodden territory. Furthermore, it is a reminder that Alan Jackson is one of the most talented songwriters in the game today.