Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)

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"Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)"
Single by Dan Seals
from the album Won't Be Blue Anymore
B-side "So Easy to Need"[1]
Released March 1986
Genre Country
Length 4:50
Label EMI America
Songwriter(s) Bob McDill
Dan Seals
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Dan Seals singles chronology
"Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)"
"You Still Move Me"
"Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)"
"You Still Move Me"

"Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dan Seals. It was released in March 1986 as the third single from the album Won't Be Blue Anymore. It peaked at number-one in both the United States and Canada. The song was written by Seals and Bob McDill.


The song's narrator has an estranged wife popular on the national livestock rodeo circuit. He is left alone to raise their daughter Casey. He and Casey compete at various rodeo competitions. Throughout their travels, the narrator mentions Casey's constant curiosity about her mother. The narrator falls short of answers Casey can understand, especially since his wife does not keep in contact with them. Despite the estrangement, he still loves his wife and nurses a hope that one day they will reunite.

Music video[edit]

Two music videos of the song exist:

The first, a live performance of the song, appeared in 1986 to support the single.

A music video of the song, directed by Neil Abramson, appeared in Seals's video compilation, A Portrait (1991).

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 372. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Dan Seals – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dan Seals.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Living in the Promiseland"
by Willie Nelson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 5, 1986
Succeeded by
"Hearts Aren't Made to Break (They're Made to Love)"
by Lee Greenwood
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 19, 1986