Been There

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"Been There"
Clint Black - Been There.jpg
Single by Clint Black with Steve Wariner
from the album D'lectrified
B-side "When I Said I Do"[1]
Released January 10, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Country
Length 5:27 (album version)
3:47 (radio edit)
Label RCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Clint Black, Steve Wariner
Producer(s) Clint Black
Clint Black singles chronology
"When I Said I Do"
(1999) When I Said I Do1999
"Been There"
(2000) Been There2000
"Love She Can't Live Without"
(2000) Love She Can't Live Without2000
Steve Wariner singles chronology
"I'm Already Taken"
(1999) I'm Already Taken1999
"Been There"
(2000) Been There2000
"Faith in You"
(2000) Faith in You2000

"Been There" is a song written and recorded by American country music artists Clint Black and Steve Wariner that peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 2000. It was released in January 2000, as the second single from Black's album D'lectrified, and the final Top Ten hit for Wariner on the country singles charts.[2]

Content[edit]

"Been There" is vocal duet by Black and Wariner, both of whom wrote the song. In it, they both describe being in certain undesirable situations, such as waking up "in the middle of a dream that didn't come true". They tell each other that they have "been there" and "don't wanna go back again". The song features steel-string acoustic guitar accompaniment from Wariner, and harmonica accompaniment from Black, as well as piano and Dobro flourishes. Extended harmonica and acoustic guitar trade-offs, which were abridged on the single edit, finish off the song. Like all the other songs on D'lectrified, "Been There" uses only acoustic instruments.

The song is in the key of A major with an approximate tempo of 96 beats per minute and a vocal range of E4-D6. The verses feature a repeating pattern of A and D chords for three lines before ending on the chord progression G-D-A, while the chorus follows the progression Cm-D-Cm-Fm-Cm-D-G-E.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song begins with a static screen on the TV, then the camera zooms out, revealing it is coming from a TV. The scene then shows Black in bed with his pajamas, singing and playing a harmonica, as a band is shown through his outside window. The second verse shows Wariner watching TV and playing guitar in the living room of his house. The band shown in Black's window is also shown in Wariner's television. As soon as Wariner opens a door, scene changes between the two singers singing in different parts of a basement. Black then opens the door of his house, and the two are singing in a blue room. Towards the end of the music video, the scene changes back to Black's bedroom, with Black in his pajamas, as he is being lifted from his bed. After many changing scenes between Wariner's living room and the blue room, Black suddenly drops back on the bed, then gets up and climbs to the ceiling. During the last scene the video, scene changes between Black and Wariner in the blue room, playing their instruments, followed by a static screen, and Black walks back through it, and the band freezes, and the video ends.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 60 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated January 15, 2000, and peaked at number 5 the chart dated April 15, 2000, staying for two consecutive weeks. The song also peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it spent four non-consecutive weeks at Number One on the RPM Country Tracks charts in Canada.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 44
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 50–51. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, pp. 447-448
  3. ^ "'Been There' sheet music". musicnotes.com. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ ""Been There" video". CMT. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9779." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 27, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Clint Black – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Clint Black.
  7. ^ "Clint Black – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Clint Black.
  8. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"How Do You Like Me Now?!" by Toby Keith
"Carlene" by Phil Vassar
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 27-April 3, 2000
May 1-May 8, 2000
Succeeded by
"Carlene" by Phil Vassar
"The Way You Love Me" by Faith Hill