Randy Travis performs “On The Other Hand” Live On CMA Awards 1986.

Reaching number # 1, on July 26, 1986, on the US Hot Country Songs charts, for a week, and staying 35 weeks in the charts. It also reached number # 1, on August 2, 1986, on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts.

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On The Other Hand:

Single Cover Randy Travis ( Warner 1985 )
Single Cover Randy Travis ( Warner 1985 )

“On the Other Hand”, a song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, was recorded by Randy Travis for the Warner label, was recorded on January 30, 1985, in Nashville, TN, the single was released twice, the first in June 1985, reaching number # 67 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, the second release was April 1986, reaching number # 1, on July 26, 1986, on the US Hot Country Songs charts, for a week, and staying 35 weeks in the charts. It also reached number # 1, on August 2, 1986, on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. It was the first number one in Randy’s career.

Lp cover Randy Travis ( Warner 1986 )
Lp cover Randy Travis ( Warner 1986 )

The song was included in Randy’s first studio album, Storms Of Life (Warner 1986), the album was released on June 6, 1986, reaching number # 1 on August 9, 1986, on the US Hot Country charts. Songs, for 8 weeks in a row, and a total of 243 weeks on the charts.

Keith Whitley, he released the song before Randy Travis, for his album, L.A. to Miami (RCA 1985), Keith’s version was recorded in May 1985.



And something else that perhaps you did not know, Merle Haggard was the first selection for the recording, the second was George Jones and the third was Dan Seals.When the song was delivered to producer Kyle Lehning, he came back and said he had not heard it for Danny (Seals). He said he heard it for a new guy he was recording called Randy Traywick.This Traywick boy was a cook and dishwasher at the Nashville Palace. He changed from Randy Traywick to a stage name of Randy Travis.

About the song:

Overstreet and Schlitz, they tried to write a song with the idea that when you have a woman, you should not look for another , Overstreet Personally, I was tired of the whole scenario of going from one relationship to another and not having the strength to really say I was hoping that we could write a song that said we had the strength to say no. ” So right in the middle of that song, we joked some lines back and forth and Don said ‘but for another ‘side, and I said,’ there’s a gold band, ‘”he continued. “From that moment, we looked at each other and we put that sparkle in our eyes, and we finished it very quickly, then we went to lunch.”



Single Keith Whitley ( RCA 1985 )
Single Keith Whitley ( RCA 1985 )

Versions:

Keith Whitley 1985 (RCA)
Charley Pride 1987 (16th Avenue Records)
Mick Flavin 1987 (Harmac)
George Jones 2005 (Bandit Records)
UB40 2013 (Virgin)

 

 





Randy Travis – On The Other Hand Lyrics

On one hand I count the reasons I could stay with you
And hold you close to me all night long
So many lovers’ games I’d love to play with you
On that hand there’s no reason why it’s wrong

But on the other hand, there’s a golden band
To remind me of someone who would not understand
On one hand I could stay and be your lovin’ man
But the reason I must go is on the other hand

In your arms I feel the passion, I thought, had died
When I looked into your eyes, I found myself
And when I first kissed your lips, I felt so alive
I’ve got to hand it to you, girl, you’re somethin’ else

But on the other hand, there’s a golden band
To remind me of someone who would not understand
On one hand I could stay and be your lovin’ man
But the reason I must go is on the other hand

Yeah the reason I must go is on the other hand

Single Randy Travis ( Warner 1985 )
Single Randy Travis ( Warner 1985 )

Miquel Batlle
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