Button Off My Shirt

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"Button Off My Shirt"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Heart & Soul
B-side"One Night"[1]
ReleasedJuly 23, 1988
Format7" single
GenreCountry, pop
Songwriter(s)Billy Livsey, Graham Lyle
Producer(s)Rob Galbraith
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Old Folks"
"Button Off My Shirt"
"Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)"

"Button Off My Shirt" is a song written by Billy Livsey and Graham Lyle, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It released in July 1988 as the fifth single from the album Heart & Soul. It peaked at number four on the Hot Country Songs charts.


The song talks of an ended relationship, where the narrator compares his former lover to a missing button from his shirt – "just an everyday distraction" which "some day he will replace".

Cover versions[edit]

Another version was released in 1988 by British singer Paul Carrack, from the album One Good Reason. This version peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart positions[edit]

Ronnie Milsap[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks[3] 4

Paul Carrack[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 91


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  3. ^ "RPM 100 Country Singles" (PDF). RPM. October 22, 1988.
  4. ^ "Paul Carrack Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 January 2011.