Keep It Between the Lines

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"Keep It Between the Lines"
Single by Ricky Van Shelton
from the album Backroads
B-side "Weekend World"
Released July 11, 1991[1]
Format CD Single, 7" single
Recorded December 20, 1990[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:48
Label Columbia Nashville(38-73956)
Writer(s) Russell Smith
Kathy Louvin
Producer(s) Steve Buckingham
Ricky Van Shelton singles chronology
"I Am a Simple Man"
"Keep It Between the Lines"
"After the Lights Go Out"

"Keep It Between the Lines" is a song written by Russell Smith and Kathy Louvin, and recorded by American country music singer Ricky Van Shelton. It was released in July 1991 as the second single from his CD Backroads, and was the tenth and final Number One single of his career.[2]


The narrator discusses learning how to drive with his father and expands on the phrase "keep it between the lines" to mention God and life in general.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed and produced by Deaton Flanigen and premiered in mid-1991.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 26
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 55


  1. ^ a b Greatest Hits Plus (CD). Ricky Van Shelton. Columbia Records. 1992. 52753. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1670." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 9, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Ricky Van Shelton – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ricky Van Shelton.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Where Are You Now"
by Clint Black
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 12-October 19, 1991
Succeeded by
by Travis Tritt
Preceded by
"I Thought It Was You"
by Doug Stone
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

November 9, 1991