One Promise Too Late

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"One Promise Too Late"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album What Am I Gonna Do About You
B-side "Why Not Tonight"
Released May 1987
Genre Country
Length 3:13
Label MCA
Writer(s) Dave Loggins
Lisa Silver
Don Schlitz
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Let the Music Lift You Up"
"One Promise Too Late"
"The Last One to Know"

"One Promise Too Late" is a song written by Dave Loggins, Don Schlitz and Lisa Silver, and recorded by American country music artist Reba McEntire. It was released in May 1987 as the third single from the album What Am I Gonna Do About You. "One Promise Too Late" was Reba McEntire's eighth number one country single as a solo artist. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.[1]

Background and content[edit]

The song tells the story of a woman who meets a man and falls in love, but is already married and refuses to break her promise to the husband who has never been less than good to her, saying that the man came along "one promise too late."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 226. 

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Preceded by
"Snap Your Fingers"
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 8, 1987
Succeeded by
"A Long Line of Love"
by Michael Martin Murphey
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 15, 1987