If the World Had a Front Porch

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"If The World Had A Front Porch"
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Single by Tracy Lawrence
from the album I See It Now
Released September 12, 1995[1]
Format CD single, cassingle
Recorded 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:05
Label Atlantic 87119
Writer(s) Tracy Lawrence
Paul Nelson
Kenny Beard
Producer(s) James Stroud
Tracy Lawrence singles chronology
"Texas Tornado"
"If the World Had a Front Porch"
"If You Loved Me"

"If the World Had a Front Porch" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Tracy Lawrence. It was released on September 12, 1995 as the fourth and final single from his album, I See It Now. The song reached the number 2 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 7 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The CD and Cassette promo singles contain 30-second excerpts from "Texas Tornado", "I'd Give Anything to Be Your Everything Again", and "The Cards", all from the album, I See It Now. Lawrence wrote the song with Paul Nelson and Kenny Beard.


The narrator talks about traditional family values and the old-fashioned sweetness of spending slow summer hours on the front steps.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Marc Ball and serves as a solution to the previous five music videos, all of which featured a Quantum Leap theme. After leaving the "Texas Tornado" video, Lawrence flies through a vortex showing scenes from the previous videos. It then features him and a friend using Virtual Reality helmets. By wearing the helmets, the rest of the video shows Lawrence singing "If the World Had a Front Porch," literally on a front porch, as it flies over various American landscapes. The second verse shows views of drugs being dealt, prostitutes walking the streets, footage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the O.J. Simpson police chase and violent footage from the Gulf War before the virtual reality goggles are "overloaded" and the word "ABORT" flashes across the computer and video screen and the scenes are replaced with more pleasant clips of school graduations, young children playing with small animals, weddings, couples having their first child and family dinners. At the end of the video, Lawrence flies back through the vortex on the porch in a bubble.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 43 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated August 5, 1995. It charted for 20 weeks, and peaked at number 2 on the country chart dated October 7, 1995.[2]


Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 7
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 10


  1. ^ http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/lawrence_tracy/608366/album.jhtml
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2779." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 16, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tracy Lawrence – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tracy Lawrence.
  5. ^ "Best of 1995: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 

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