Somewhere in My Broken Heart

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"Somewhere in My Broken Heart"
Single by Billy Dean
from the album Young Man
B-side"Young Man"
ReleasedMay 4, 1991
LabelCapitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)Billy Dean, Richard Leigh
Producer(s)Tom Shapiro, Chuck Howard
Billy Dean singles chronology
"Only Here for a Little While"
"Somewhere in My Broken Heart"
"You Don't Count the Cost"

"Somewhere in My Broken Heart" is a song written by American country music artist Billy Dean and Richard Leigh. Randy Travis first recorded the song on his 1989 album No Holdin' Back.[1] Two years later, it was released as the third single from Dean's album Young Man and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[2]

The song earned Billy a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, as well as winning the Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Bill Young and premiered in mid-1991, co-starring Margie Lazo.

Copies and usage by others[edit]

The song is fairly popular in Myanmar by the name of "A Thet Htet Myat Tae Gone" (An honor which is worth more than life)as Myanmar military copied the song's melody with changed lyric for the propaganda movie "Victory of The Braves" (Ye Yint Thu Tot Aung Naing Pwe) at 1995. A film set about the battles at Karen state in 90s like Battle of Manerplaw and Battle of Kawmoora. The song was used as the outro of the movie. The lyrics were written by Mya Than San and Chit Kaung performed the song for the 1995 movie outro. The 1995 version use the exact same melody as the Billy Dean's original composition.[3] Also, by the early 2000s, Myanmar military launched another propaganda film named "A Thet Htet Myat Tae Gone" (the same name as the song) featuring the song as well but this time as intro song rather than outro. But the 2000s version's melody is a bit more poplike with drum beats and woodwinds[4][5] Another version of the song is popular on Myawaddy, military owned propaganda channel, as well, featuring a slight deviation from the 2000s movie version[6] A latest recorded use of Myanmar military propaganda films using the song was at 2017 as outro of the movie "Sky of the Forgotten Night" (A Nya Ta Ya Moe Kaung Kin). The movie was set around 2015 Kokhang Offensive and the song was used from the end of the final battle toward the end-credit. Piano instrumental variation was used during the movie's emotional moments as well. The end credit is a variation from the 2000s variation, using strings as the song's intro.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[8] 18
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[9] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[12] 9
US Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 21


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "No Holdin' Back review". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 101.
  3. ^ ရဲရင့်သူတို့အောင်နိုင်ပွဲ ⭐, retrieved 2024-01-31
  4. ^ ကုိကုိေမာင္ အသက္ထက္ ျမတ္တဲ့ဂုဏ္, retrieved 2024-01-31
  5. ^ အသက်ထက်မြတ်တဲ့ဂုဏ်, retrieved 2024-01-31
  6. ^ အသက်ထက်မြတ်တဲ့ဂုဏ်[ alternative version ] original MWD edit upload by Tategoto comrades channel, retrieved 2024-01-31
  7. ^ အညတရမုိးေကာင္းကင္, retrieved 2024-01-31
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1667." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 9, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1586." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. August 3, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Billy Dean Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Billy Dean Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  13. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.