What She's Doing Now

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"What She's Doing Now"
Garth - What She's Doing Now.jpg
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Ropin' the Wind
B-side "Friends in Low Places"
Released December 6, 1991
Format CD Single, 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:26
Label Liberty
Writer(s) Pat Alger, Garth Brooks
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"What She's Doing Now"
"Papa Loved Mama"

"What She's Doing Now" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Garth Brooks. It was released in December 1991 as the third single from his album, Ropin' the Wind. It spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was written by Brooks and Pat Alger.


The song is about a man who wonders what his former lover is currently doing and what her whereabouts are ("last I heard she had moved to Boulder"). While the singer has no idea what she is doing now, he proclaims "what she's doing now is tearing [him] apart".

Background and production[edit]

Brooks provided the following background information on the song in the CD booklet liner notes from The Hits:

"What She's Doing Now" was an idea I had a long, long time about a man wondering what a woman was doing. And it was very simple. What is she doing now? Is she hanging out the clothes? Is she running a business? Is she a mother? Is she married? Who is she with? When I told the idea to Pat Alger, he looked at me with a smile and said, 'I wonder if she knows what she's doing now to me?' When I heard that, the bumps went over my arms and the back of my neck, and I knew that he had something. Crystal Gayle cut this song back in 1989. It came back to us for the Ropin' The Wind album. It is a song that has crossed all boundaries and borders around the world. This has made me extremely happy because the greatest gift a writer can ask for is to relate to someone. I can't help but think that this song might relate to a lot of people."[1]

Other versions[edit]

While Garth Brooks penned the song, he was not the first person to release it. On the 1990 release, Ain't Gonna Worry, Crystal Gayle recorded the song as "What He's Doing Now", her version was not released as a single.

Track listing[edit]

European CD single

Liberty CDCL 656

  1. "What She's Doing Now"
  2. "Shameless"
  3. "We Bury The Hatchet"
US 7" Jukebox single

Liberty S7-57784

  1. "What She's Doing Now"
  2. "Friends in Low Places"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991–1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 2
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 4
Preceded by
"A Jukebox with a Country Song"
by Doug Stone
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 15-March 7, 1992
Succeeded by
"Straight Tequila Night"
by John Anderson
Preceded by
"The Dirt Road"
by Sawyer Brown
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

February 29-March 14, 1992


  1. ^ Garth Brooks - The Hits: transcription from the CD booklet (bar code 7-2438-29689-2-4)
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2064." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 29, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Garth Brooks – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.