Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man
|"Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man"|
|Single by Randy Travis|
|from the album You and You Alone|
|Released||October 5, 1998|
|Producer(s)||Randy Travis, Byron Gallimore, James Stroud|
|Randy Travis singles chronology|
"Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man" is a song written by Trey Bruce and Glen Burtnik. First recorded by Mark Collie on his 1995 album Tennessee Plates, it was later recorded by Randy Travis. Released in October 1998 as the third single from his 1998 CD, You and You Alone, it peaked at number 2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, behind "Stand Beside Me" by Jo Dee Messina.
The song is a mid-tempo backed primarily by acoustic guitar. Its lyrics tell the story of decisions a boy must make in his life and whether he should follow his whims ("spirit of a boy") or act with integrity and good faith ("wisdom of a man") when his high school sweetheart tells him that she is pregnant, and when he is faced with the temptations of life on the road after being married with a child at home.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||7|
|US Billboard Hot 100||42|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||67|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||51|
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- "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7479." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 8, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- "Randy Travis Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard.
- "Randy Travis Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
- "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
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