Been There

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"Been There"
Single by Clint Black with Steve Wariner
from the album D'lectrified
B-side "When I Said I Do"[1]
Released January 10, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Country
Length 5:28 (album version)
3:47 (radio edit)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Clint Black, Steve Wariner
Producer(s) Clint Black
Clint Black singles chronology
"When I Said I Do"
(1999)
"Been There"
(2000)
"Love She Can't Live Without"
(2000)
Steve Wariner singles chronology
"I'm Already Taken"
(1999)
"Been There"
(2000)
"Faith in You"
(2000)

"Been There" is a song written and recorded by American country music artists Clint Black and Steve Wariner that peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 2000. It was released in January 2000 as the second single from Black's album D'lectrified, and the final Top Ten hit for Wariner on the country singles charts.[2]

Content[edit]

"Been There" is a mid-tempo duet by Black and Wariner, both of whom wrote the song. In it, they both describe being in certain undesirable situations, such as waking up "in the middle of a dream that didn't come true". They tell each other that they have "been there" and "don't wanna go back again". The song features steel-string acoustic guitar accompaniment from Wariner, and harmonica accompaniment from Black, as well as piano and Dobro flourishes. Extended harmonica and acoustic guitar trade-offs, which were abridged on the single edit, finish off the song. Like all the other songs on D'lectrified, "Been There" uses only acoustic instruments.

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song begins in static, then zooms out, revealing it is coming from a TV. The scene then shows Black in bed with his pajamas, singing and playing a harmonica, as a band is shown through his outside window. The second verse shows Wariner watching TV and playing guitar in the living room of his house. The band shown in Black's window is also shown in Wariner's television. As soon as Wariner opens a door, scenes switch between the two singers singing in different parts of a basement. Black then opens the door of his house, and the two are singing in a blue room. In the end of the video, the scene switches back to Black's bedroom, with Black in his pajamas, as he is being lifted from his bed by a psychic power. After many switching scenes between Wariner's living room and the blue room, Black suddenly drops back on the bed, then gets up and climbs to the ceiling. As the video ends, scenes switch between Black and Wariner in the blue room, playing their instruments, followed by a static screen, and Black walks back through it, and the band freezes.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 60 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated January 15, 2000, and peaked at number 5 the chart dated April 15, 2000, staying for two consecutive weeks. The song also peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it spent four non-consecutive weeks at Number One on the RPM Country Tracks charts in Canada.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 44
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 50–51. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, pp. 447-448
  3. ^ ""Been There" video". CMT. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 27, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Clint Black Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Clint Black.
  6. ^ "Clint Black Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Clint Black.
  7. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"How Do You Like Me Now?!" by Toby Keith
"Carlene" by Phil Vassar
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 27-April 3, 2000
May 1-May 8, 2000
Succeeded by
"Carlene" by Phil Vassar
"The Way You Love Me" by Faith Hill