Past the Point of Rescue (song)

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"Past the Point of Rescue"
Single by Hal Ketchum
from the album Past the Point of Rescue
Released February 10, 1992
Recorded 1991
Genre Country
Length 4:25
Label Curb
Writer(s) Mick Hanly
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Jim Rooney
Hal Ketchum singles chronology
"I Know Where Love Lives"
"Past the Point of Rescue"
"Five O'Clock World"

"Past the Point of Rescue" is a song written by Mick Hanly, and recorded by American country music artist Hal Ketchum. It was released in February 1992 as the third single and title track from Ketchum's album Past the Point of Rescue. It was written by Mick Hanly (of Moving Hearts) and had previously been recorded by Mary Black who had a hit with it in Ireland in 1988 and included it on her album No Frontiers.[1] Ketchum's version of the song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in May 1992[2] and number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Steve Boyle and premiered in early 1992.

Cover versions[edit]

  • "Past the Point of Rescue" has been recorded by several other artists, most notably the Dixie Chicks on their 1992 album Little Ol' Cowgirl.
  • Norwegian country rock group Hellbillies has made a locally successful cover version featuring Norwegian lyrics about a reindeer hunter who gets lost in the mountain.
  • Celtic Thunder covered the song for their 2012 album and DVD, Voyage

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 34
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 20
Preceded by
"There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio"
by Aaron Tippin
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 16, 1992
Succeeded by
"Neon Moon"
by Brooks & Dunn