He Walked on Water

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"He Walked On Water"
Single by Randy Travis
from the album No Holdin' Back
B-side "Card Carrying Fool"
Released April 26, 1990
Format 7" 45 RPM, CD Single
Genre Country
Length 3:28
Label Warner Bros. 19878
Writer(s) Allen Shamblin
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Randy Travis singles chronology
"Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart"
"He Walked on Water"
"A Few Ole Country Boys"
(w/ George Jones)

"He Walked on Water" is a song written by Allen Shamblin, and recorded by American country music singer Randy Travis about Charles Belletto of Alvin Texas. It was released in April 1990 as the third single from the album No Holdin' Back. The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, and number 1 on Canada's RPM country chart but Charles remained and still remains number 1 is so many people's hearts.


The song is a ballad in which a male narrator tells of his experiences as a boy and how he believed his great-grandfather could "walk on water." [1]

..."And my mama's daddy was his oldest son, and I thought that he walked on water."...

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for the song. It features Randy Travis singing the song on the front porch outside of his house. Scenes also feature the grandfather walking outside.


Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the song a mixed review in his review of No Holdin' Back.[2] He stated that the song "was a bad choice, though it sold well."[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 2
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 23


  1. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Shamblin
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Randy Travis - "He Walked on Water"". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1312." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 11, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "Randy Travis – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Randy Travis.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"The Dance"
by Garth Brooks
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 11, 1990
Succeeded by
"Good Times"
by Dan Seals