I Know How the River Feels
|"I Know How the River Feels"|
|Single by Diamond Rio|
|from the album Unbelievable|
|B-side||"What More Do You Want from Me"|
|Released||March 29, 1999|
|Writer(s)||Steven Dale Joens
|Diamond Rio singles chronology|
The song was originally recorded by Ty Herndon on his 1996 album Living in a Moment. Herndon said that he chose to record the song after losing a friend to cancer. Doug Johnson, then the senior vice president of Epic Records, told Billboard, "I think there is magic in the way he delivers that song."
Diamond Rio then covered the song for their album Unbelievable, and released it as the album's third single in March 1999. It was the first song in the band's career to feature outside musicians; specifically, a string section.
Mikel Toombs of the San Diego Union-Tribune described Diamond Rio's version negatively in his review of the album, saying that "There's nothing too embarrassing here, save the anything-for-a-metaphor 'I Know How the River Feels'.
Billboard gave the McAlyster version a mixed review, calling it "a pretty song and a promising performance, but where it fits in the country format remains to be seen."
"I Know How the River Feels" debuted at number 74 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of March 27, 1999.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||28|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||33|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs||69|
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- Toombs, Mikel (30 July 1998). "Album reviews: Country". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 6 April 2012. Unknown parameter
- "Single reviews: Country". Billboard: 29. 18 November 2000.
- "RPM Country Tracks. RPM. July 12, 1999. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
- "Diamond Rio Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Diamond Rio.
- Whitburn, p. 261