What I'd Say

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"What I'd Say"
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Single by Earl Thomas Conley
from the album The Heart of It All
B-side "Carol"
Released October 31, 1988
Genre Country
Length 3:52
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Robert Byrne
Will Robinson
Producer(s) Emory Gordy, Jr.
Randy Scruggs
Earl Thomas Conley singles chronology
"We Believe in Happy Endings"
"What I'd Say"
"Love Out Loud"

"What I'd Say" is a song written by Robert Byrne and Will Robinson, and recorded by American country music artist Earl Thomas Conley. It was released in October 1988 as the third single from his album, The Heart of It All. "What I'd Say" was Earl Thomas Conley's seventeenth number one country single. The single went to number one on the U.S. and Canadian country chart's and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the U.S. country chart.[1]


The song talks of a man holding imaginary conversations with the woman who'd left him, rehearsing what he might say if he ever ran into her. He doesn't know whether he would express his feelings, compliment her, or tell her to "go to hell." The song concludes by the man stating that his ex-lover would have to wait until the day they meet again to find out what he would say to her.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was also covered by Gary Allan on his 2001 album Alright Guy and by Irish singer/songwriter Paul Harrington whose version was the title track of his debut album in 1988.

Chart performance[edit]

"What I'd Say" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of November 12, 1988.

Chart (1988–1989) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 27
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 52


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 88. 
  2. ^ "Earl Thomas Conley – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Earl Thomas Conley.
  3. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Deeper Than the Holler"
by Randy Travis
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 4, 1989
Succeeded by
"Song of the South"
by Alabama