My Heart Can't Tell You No

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"My Heart Can't Tell You No"
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Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Out of Order
Released 22 September 1988
Format 7"
Genre Soft rock
Length 5:12
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan
Producer(s) Rod Stewart, Andy Taylor
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Forever Young"
(1988)
"My Heart Can't Tell You No"
(1988)
"Crazy About Her"
(1989)

"My Heart Can't Tell You No" is a song written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan. It was first recorded and released by British pop-rock artist Rod Stewart on his 1988 album Out of Order. Originally intended as a song for country artist Barbara Mandrell, Stewart ultimately claimed the song for himself. It was later covered in 2011 by American country artist Sara Evans and released as the second single from her sixth studio album, Stronger. The song also was covered in portuguese by brazilian pop singer Paulo Ricardo in the album "O amor me escolheu" in 1997, in a version called "Tudo por nada".

Rod Stewart version[edit]

"My Heart Can't Tell You No" was a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and adult contemporary charts, eventually reaching 4 and 3, respectively, in 1989. It was the highest charting single from the album. In the United Kingdom, the song reached a peak position of 49, becoming his second Top 50 single from Out of Order. A music video was also produced and released for the single.

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Grein of the Los Angeles times called the song "obviously commercial".[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988-89) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 49
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 3

Sara Evans version[edit]

"My Heart Can't Tell You No"
MyHeartCantTellYouNo.jpg
Single by Sara Evans
from the album Stronger
Released June 20, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Country pop
Length 4:34
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Sara Evans singles chronology
"A Little Bit Stronger"
(2010)
"My Heart Can't Tell You No"
(2011)
"Anywhere"
(2012)

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called Evans' version of the song a "gentle, regretful cover".[5] Giving it four stars out of five, Bobby Peacock of Roughstock called it a "worthwhile cover" and described the production positively, although he thought that the lyrics were "slightly cluttered and underfocused".[6] Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a D rating, calling it "watery, country-pop claptrap."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Peter Zavadil, was released on August 22, 2011. In it, Evans is shown watching, from various locations (including an apartment hallway and an underground parking garage, and a grocery store), a young woman crying and arguing with her "boyfriend." Later, Evans bumps into the young woman in a grocery store and begins to chat, when something catches the woman's eye. Lo and behold, it is the young woman's "boyfriend" with another woman. It is then that Evans realizes that the "boyfriend" is the young woman's lover and is cheating on his wife, who is now at the store with him. After bumping into them in an aisle and being introduced to the man's wife, the young woman who is shown clearly distraught walking away. The first ending then cuts to Evans in the parking garage as police and EMS rush to the room of the young woman, due to a presumed attempt at suicide. Two other alternate endings to the video were released as well, and were made available on Evans' website for streaming. The second ending shows the man going to the woman's apartment and the woman reluctantly letting him in yet again. The third ending shows the woman and man back in the parking garage where the woman finally walks away "for good."

The actress in the video is Vanessa Mandrell, Barbara Mandrell's niece. Her aunt was originally intended to record the song.

Note that the actress in Rod Stewart's video is Denise Greer.

Reception[edit]

The video for "My Heart Can't Tell You No" was nominated for Female Video of the Year at the 2012 CMT Music Awards.[8]

Chart positions[edit]

"My Heart Can't Tell You No" debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week dated June 18, 2011.[9] It reached a peak position of 21 on the chart dated January 28, 2012.[10] The song did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles extension chart.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grein, Paul (29 July 1989). "Rod Stewart Gets His New Image in `Order'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Rod Stewart: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rod Stewart – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Rod Stewart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rod Stewart – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Rod Stewart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Pareles, Jon; Ben Ratliff; Jon Caramanica (7 March 2011). "Critics' Choice: New CDs". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Peacock, Bobby (23 June 2011). "Sara Evans — "My Heart Can't Tell You No"". Roughstock. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (May 30, 2011). "5 Five-Second Single Reviews: Laura Alaina, Rodney Atkins, Sara Evans, Joe Nichols, Kellie Pickler". Country Universe. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Dauphin, Chuch (April 23, 2012). "2012 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ Trust, Gary (June 9, 2011). "Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Eddie Vedder, Kristine W". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Hot Country Songs" (The Week Of: January 28, 2012). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Sara Evans – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Sara Evans. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Sara Evans – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sara Evans. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 

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