Somebody's Chelsea

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"Somebody's Chelsea"
Single by Reba
from the album All the Women I Am
Released August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 4:33
Label Valory/Starstruck
Writer(s) Reba McEntire
Liz Hengber
Will Robinson
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Reba singles chronology
"When Love Gets a Hold of You"
(2011)
"Somebody's Chelsea"
(2011)

"Somebody's Chelsea" is a single co-written and recorded by American country music singer Reba McEntire. It is the fourth single from her 2010 album All the Women I Am.

Content[edit]

McEntire told Taste of Country that the inspiration for the song came from a line of dialogue in the film P.S. I Love You, in which Hilary Swank's character describes a loving ex-husband named Gerry to Harry Connick, Jr.'s character, and Connick's character says that he "wants to be somebody's Gerry". McEntire then e-mailed the idea to songwriter Liz Hengber.[1] The song is the first time since "Only in My Mind" in 1985 that McEntire co-wrote one of her own singles.[2]

The song focuses on the narrator, who converses with an elderly man on an airplane. The man then tells her of how much he loved his wife, Chelsea, who has died. In the chorus, the narrator sings that she "wants to be somebody's Chelsea." McEntire chose the name Chelsea because it is her granddaughter's name.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic thought that the song was "more natural-sounding balladry" in comparison to the rest of the album, which he called "contrived".[3] It received a five-star rating from Bobby Peacock of Roughstock, who said, "Underneath a radio-friendly, slick exterior, the song reveals a powerful, moving story."[4] Andrew Greenhalgh of Country Standard Time wrote that the song "is out for tears".[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 44

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (19 August 2011). "Reba McEntire, ‘Somebody’s Chelsea’ – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Reba talks about her Dillard's line and her new single". Great American Country. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "All the Women I Am review". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Peacock, Bobby (12 August 2011). "Reba — "Somebody's Chelsea"". Roughstock. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Greenhalgh, Andrew. "All the Women I Am review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Reba McEntire Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Reba McEntire.

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