Take Me Down
|"Take Me Down"|
|Single by Alabama|
|from the album Mountain Music|
|A-side||"Take Me Down"|
|B-side||"Lovin' You Is Killin' Me"|
|Released||May 6, 1982 (U.S.)|
|Length||3:43 (single edit)
4:50 (album version)
|Label||RCA Nashville 13210|
|Writer(s)||Mark Gray, J.P. Pennington|
|Producer(s)||Harold Shedd and Alabama|
|Alabama singles chronology|
Written by Exile band members Mark Gray and J.P. Pennington, the song was originally recorded by Exile in the early 1980s. The Exile version was released as a single, but failed to become a hit, although it reached #2 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.
However, it wasn't until Alabama released the song that it became a hit - its seventh in as many single releases. In addition to its success on the country charts, the song fared modestly well on pop radio, reaching No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Single and album edits
The single edit to "Take Me Down," released for retail sale and radio airplay, is about 1:10 shorter than the full-length album version. Excised from the single version:
- The second refrain; the song immediately proceeds from the second verse into the bridge.
- An earlier fade during the ending harmony part (about 30 seconds earlier than the album version).
The B-side to "Take Me Down" is a song titled "Lovin' You Is Killin' Me," a re-recording of one of Alabama's earliest songs. "Lovin' You Is Killin' Me" originally appeared as the B-side to the band's first charted single, 1977's "I Wanna Be With You Tonight."
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||18|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||5|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
- Morris, Edward, "Alabama," Contemporary Books Inc., Chicago, 1985 (ISBN 0809253062)
- Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.
- Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2)
"'Till You're Gone"
by Barbara Mandrell
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
July 24, 1982
"I Don't Care"
by Ricky Skaggs
"Any Day Now"
by Ronnie Milsap
|RPM Country Tracks
July 24-July 31, 1982
"I Don't Think She's in Love Anymore"
by Charley Pride
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