Button Off My Shirt

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"Button Off My Shirt"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Heart & Soul
B-side "One Night"[1]
Released 1988
Format 7" single
Genre Country, pop
Length 3:54
Label RCA
Writer(s) Billy Livsey, Graham Lyle
Producer(s) Rob Galbraith
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Old Folks"
"Button Off My Shirt"
"Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)"

"Button Off My Shirt" is a song written by Billy Livsey and Graham Lyle, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It released in 1988 as the fifth single from the album Heart & Soul. It peaked at number four on the Hot Country Songs charts.

The song talks of an ended relationship, where Milsap compares the former lover to a missing button from his shirt – "just an everyday distraction" which "some day I will replace".

Another version was released in 1988 by British singer Paul Carrack, from the album One Good Reason. This version peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart positions[edit]

Ronnie Milsap[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 4

Paul Carrack[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 91


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ronnie Milsap. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Paul Carrack Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Paul Carrack. Retrieved 28 January 2011.