If There Was a Way

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If There Was a Way
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 1990
RecordedCapitol Studios
ProducerPete Anderson
Dwight Yoakam chronology
Just Lookin' for a Hit
If There Was a Way
This Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

If There Was a Way is the fourth album by Dwight Yoakam. Five of its tracks would rise into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1991 and 1992. They were "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose" at No. 11, "You're the One" at No. 5, "Nothing's Changed Here" at No. 15, "It Only Hurts When I Cry" at No. 7 "Send a Message to My Heart", (a duet with fellow Pikeville, Kentucky native Patty Loveless) at No. 47, and finally the No. 18 "The Heart That You Own". "Takes a Lot to Rock You" was also made into a music video. The album rose to No. 7 on the Country Albums chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dwight Yoakam except where noted.

  1. "The Distance Between You and Me" – 2:41
  2. "The Heart That You Own" – 3:08
  3. "Takes a Lot to Rock You" – 2:59
  4. "Nothing's Changed Here" (Dwight Yoakam, Kostas) – 2:56
  5. "Sad, Sad Music" – 3:53
  6. "Since I Started Drinkin' Again" – 3:43
  7. "If There Was a Way" – 2:54
  8. "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose" (Kostas, Wayland Patton) – 3:23
  9. "It Only Hurts When I Cry" (Yoakam, Roger Miller) – 2:34
  10. "Send a Message to My Heart" (Kostas, Kathy Louvin) – 3:15
  11. "I Don't Need It Done" (John Sieger) – 4:45
  12. "You're the One" – 3:59
  13. "Dangerous Man" – 4:17A
  14. "Let's Work Together" (Wilbert Harrison) – 3:33A
  • AOmitted from cassette version.


As listed in liner notes.

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 7
U.S. Billboard 200 96


Year Single Chart positions
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose" 11 5
1991 "You're the One" 5 4
"Nothing's Changed Here" 15 2
1992 "It Only Hurts When I Cry" 7 4
"The Heart That You Own" 18 13
"Send a Message to My Heart" (with Patty Loveless) 47 30


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "A look back: Dwight Yoakam's 'If There Was A Way' 20 years later". Starcasm. 24 August 2010.