When I Close My Eyes (Keith Palmer song)

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"When I Close My Eyes"
Chesney - When I Close My Eyes cover.png
Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album Me and You
B-side "My Poor Old Heart"
Released December 16, 1996
Format CD Single, 7" 45 RPM
Genre Country
Length 3:29
Label BNA 64726
Writer(s) Nettie Musick
Mark Alan Springer
Producer(s) Barry Beckett
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"Me and You"
"When I Close My Eyes"
"She's Got It All"

"When I Close My Eyes" is the title of a country music song written by Nettie Musick and Mark Alan Springer. It was originally recorded by Keith Palmer on his 1991 self-titled debut album, and later by Restless Heart singer Larry Stewart on his 1993 debut album Down the Road. Kenny Chesney later recorded it on his 1996 album, Me and You. Released in December 1996 as that album's third and final single, it peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, giving Chesney his fifth Top 40 country hit.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described Kenny Chesney's rendition of the song as "a great soft rock crossover, tuneful and easy but never forced and not dripping with sentiment.".[1] Deborah Evans Price of Billboard Magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it "another pretty ballad." Price also described the production as having "a simple, understated quality that places the focus on the lovelorn lyric and Chesney's evocative vocals." [2]

Chart performance[edit]

"When I Close My Eyes" was the third and final single from Chesney's 1996 album Me and You. It debuted at number 74 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated December 21, 1996. Having charted for 21 weeks on that chart, it peaked at number 2 on the country chart dated April 19, 1997.

Chart (1996–97) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 4
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 55
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 40

Alternate versions[edit]

Chesney recorded an acoustic version of the song on his 1997 album I Will Stand.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Me and You Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ Flick, Larry. "When I Close My Eyes Single Review". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3200." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 5, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Kenny Chesney – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Chesney.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 

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