Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough

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"Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough"
Patty Smyth - Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough.jpg
Single by Patty Smyth and Don Henley
from the album Patty Smyth
B-side "Out There"
Released August 1992
Format Cassette single, CD single, 7" single
Length 4:28
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Patty Smyth, Glen Burtnik
Producer(s) Roy Bittan

"Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" is the title of a 1992 ballad performed as a duet by the American singers Patty Smyth and Don Henley. The song was written by Smyth and Glen Burtnik.

History[edit]

Smyth was the former lead singer for the band Scandal, whose hits included "The Warrior" and "Goodbye To You"; Henley is a longtime member of the band Eagles (singing lead vocals on "Desperado" and "Hotel California", among many others) as well as a successful solo artist ("The Boys Of Summer", "The End Of The Innocence"). "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" was written by Smyth and Glen Burtnik and would appear on her self-titled 1992 album.

Meaning[edit]

The lyrics refer to a past relationship between two people as narrated by the two singers, and their efforts to move on with their respective lives and make sense of the aftermath: There's a reason why people don't stay where they are / Baby sometimes love just ain't enough. In the final chorus, there is a slight lyrical change to this line ("stay where they are" becomes "stay who they are"). Also, the line It's sad when you know it's your heart you can't trust is changed to It's sad when you know it's your heart they can't touch.

Reception[edit]

The single was very successful, being certified Gold by the RIAA and spending six weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1992 during the 13 week reign at No. 1 of Boyz II Men's song, "End of the Road". It remained in the Top 40 for 20 weeks.[1] The duet also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart for four weeks.[2] In Canada, "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Canadian pop chart, while in the United Kingdom, the song reached No. 22 on the British pop chart.[3] The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Vocal, Duo or Group.

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Filipino diva-actress Jennylyn Mercado revived it as a carrier single of her third album "Love Is". Singaporean singer Stefanie Sun also covered the song for her fourth album, "START".
  • In 2013, country singer Travis Tritt and his daughter Tyler Reese recorded a version for the re-release of Tritt's 2007 album, The Storm.[5] The re-released album was titled The Calm After... and released on Tritt's own Post Oak Records on July 9, 2013.[6] Tritt's version was released as a single in June 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 555.
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 380.
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Travis Tritt duets with his teenage daughter on new single". MSN. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wyland, Sarah (May 24, 2013). "Travis Tritt Releases Duet with Daughter Tyler Reese". Great American Country. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Restless Heart" by Peter Cetera
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
September 19 - October 12, 1992
Succeeded by
"Nothing Broken but My Heart" by Celine Dion
Preceded by
"End of the Road" by Boyz II Men
Billboard Mainstream Top 40 number-one single
October 10–24, 1992
Succeeded by
"How Do You Talk to an Angel" by The Heights