The Heart Won't Lie

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"The Heart Won't Lie"
The Heart Won't Lie.jpg
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
Writer(s) Kim Carnes, Donna Terry Weiss
Producer(s) Tony Brown, Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Take It Back"
"The Heart Won't Lie"
"It's Your Call"
Vince Gill singles chronology
"Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away"
"The Heart Won't Lie"
"No Future in the Past"

"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.

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