Safe in the Arms of Love

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"Safe in the Arms of Love"
Single by Wild Choir
from the album Wild Choir
Released 1986
Genre Country rock
Length 2:52
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose, Pat Bunch
Producer(s) Gail Davies, Pete Pendras
Wild Choir singles chronology
"Heart to Heart"
(1986)
"Safe in the Arms of Love"
(1986)
"Safe in the Arms of Love"
Single by Michelle Wright
from the album The Reasons Why
Released March 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:30
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose, Pat Bunch
Producer(s) John Guess
Michelle Wright singles chronology
"The Wall"
(1994)
"Safe in the Arms of Love"
(1995)
"Nobody's Girl"
(1996)

"Safe in the Arms of Love" is a country music song written by Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose and Pat Bunch in 1986. The song was originally recorded by the American country music band Wild Choir. It was issued on their self-titled debut album in 1986 and was also released as the project's lead single. The song failed to chart. A music video, directed by David Hogan, was shot for the band's version and was scheduled to be broadcast on MTV, but due to a program change, never aired.[1]

The song was later recorded by Baillie & the Boys in 1989 on their Turn the Tide album. In 1994, two of the song's co-writers, Mary Ann Kennedy and Pam Rose who were performing as Kennedy Rose, recorded the song on their second album, Walk the Line.

In late 1994, Michelle Wright recorded and released the song as a single the following year. Her version was included on her 1994 album The Reasons Why. The song also recorded in 1995 by Martina McBride on her album Wild Angels. McBride released her version as a single shortly after Wright's version.

Content[edit]

In the song, the female narrator states that she is tired of being on her own, and that she wants a lover.

Martina McBride version[edit]

"Safe in the Arms of Love"
Single by Martina McBride
from the album Wild Angels
B-side "Life #9"[2]
Released July 17, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Country
Length 3:15
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose, Pat Bunch
Producer(s) Paul Worley, Ed Seay, Martina McBride
Martina McBride singles chronology
"Where I Used to Have a Heart"
(1995)
"Safe in the Arms of Love"
(1995)
"Wild Angels"
(1995)
Music video
"Safe in the Arms of Love" at CMT.com

Martina McBride recorded "Safe in the Arms of Love" in 1995 and released it as a single. McBride's version can be found on her 1995 album Wild Angels. The video for the song was shot in Montreal, Canada at the training school for the Cirque du Soleil. It features acrobats and performers in full makeup.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard gave McBride's version a positive review, saying that it "sounds custom-made for country radio" and is "nicely complemented by the backing vocals".[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Michelle Wright[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 60

Martina McBride[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 38
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 44

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gail Davies - Wild Choir". Gail Davies' official website. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 262. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "Reviews". Billboard: 65. 12 August 1995. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9241." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 5, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2811." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 20, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Martina McBride.
  8. ^ "Best of 1995: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.