The Heart Won't Lie

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"The Heart Won't Lie"
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Single by Reba McEntire with Vince Gill
from the album It's Your Call
B-side "Will He Ever Go Away" (Reba McEntire only)
Released February 15, 1993
Format CD Single
Recorded 1992
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Kim Carnes, Donna Terry Weiss
Producer(s) Tony Brown, Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Take It Back"
(1992) Take It Back1992
"The Heart Won't Lie"
(1993) The Heart Won't Lie1993
"It's Your Call"
(1993) It's Your Call1993
Vince Gill singles chronology
"Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away"
(1992) Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away1992
"The Heart Won't Lie"
(1993) The Heart Won't Lie1993
"No Future in the Past"
(1993) No Future in the Past1993

"The Heart Won't Lie" is a song written by Kim Carnes and Donna Terry Weiss, and recorded as a duet between American country music artists Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. It was released in February 1993 as the second single from Reba's album It's Your Call. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.

"The Heart Won't Lie" as told by Reba: "Originally Kenny Rogers and I were looking at doing this song as a duet but we could never get it to sound just right because of the different ranges of our voices. Unfortunately, it just didn't work out. Later when I was working on a new CD, I remembered that song and called Kenny to see if he was recording it and if not, could I have it and he passed it along to me. We asked Vince Gill to sing the background harmonies on the song. Tony Brown, who was co-producing the CD with me, suggested letting Vince do more than just sing harmony on the song, so he took a couple of verses, and we decided to turn it into a duet.

"It worked out well in the end for everyone - except, I think, Vince. He doesn't really care for videos and this one turned into a four-day shoot. It was great to spend time with Vince and get to watch him do what he called his Gomer Pyle imitation for his character. But I had to promise him that if he ever does another song with me, he will never have to suffer through a four-day video shoot again!."[1]

The two performed the song on the 1992 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Reba and Vince performed the song on the TV series Evening Shade playing themselves in the episode "Ava Takes A Shower."

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jon Small and premiered in early 1993. It features Reba as a member of the U.S. Navy, and Vince as a U.S. Marine, as well as Reba's love interest. It was filmed, over 4 days at the Nashville Armed Forces Recruiting Station, and in China. It starts with Reba's Navy team giving a cheer, and then Reba appears, in full uniform, to perform the song. Scenes during her verse and chorus also see her going through rigorous training, with Vince as her Drill Instructor. Each time she faces difficulty in a task, Vince guides her to complete it. One scene also shows Vince comforting her during a fire test, with her covered in smoke.

During Vince's verse, he is about to board a plane in full uniform while singing. Scenes during this verse show Reba & Gill in memories hanging out and having a good time on a beach and in front of a pagoda.

When the final chorus hits, Vince and Reba are seen singing to each other in front of a glass panel. They each touch their side of the panel, and then Vince puts his cap on, and after giving each other a final salute, they both part to join their respective stations.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 51 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated February 20, 1993. It charted for 20 weeks on that chart, and reached Number One on the chart dated April 10, 1993, where it stayed for two weeks. It was McEntire's seventeenth Number One single, and Gill's third Number One.


Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 44
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 34
Preceded by
"When My Ship Comes In"
by Clint Black
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

April 10-April 17, 1993
Succeeded by
"She Don't Know She's Beautiful"
by Sammy Kershaw
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 24, 1993
Succeeded by
"Hard Workin' Man"
by Brooks & Dunn