Between the Devil and Me

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"Between the Devil and Me"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album Everything I Love
B-side "Walk on the Rocks"
Released October 6, 1997
Format Promo-only CD single
7" 45 RPM
Genre Country
Length 4:21
Label Arista Nashville 13106
Writer(s) Harley Allen
Carson Chamberlain
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"There Goes"
(1997)
"Between the Devil and Me"
(1997)
"A House with No Curtains"
(1998)

"Between the Devil and Me" is a song written by Harley Allen and Carson Chamberlain, and recorded by American country music singer Alan Jackson. It was released in October 1997 as the fifth single from his album Everything I Love. It peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard country singles charts.

Content[edit]

"Between the Devil and Me" was written by Harley Allen and Carson Chamberlain, the same two songwriters who wrote the title track to Everything I Love. The song is a mid-tempo ballad in which the male narrator describes the sexual temptation of an extramarital affair,[1] by saying that "she's all I see / Between the devil and me."

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said that although the song had "a bit of post-Garth bombast", it still had Jackson's "true country spin and heart."[2] Entertainment Weekly critic Alanna Nash also cited the song as a standout in her review, saying that Jackson made the song "throb with anxiety."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997-1998) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 40
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 66

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nash, Alanna (1996-11-01). "Everything I Love review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Everything I Love review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 19, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alan Jackson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.