Keith Whitley – “When You Say Nothing At All!”

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This was originally recorded by Country artist Keith Whitley in 1987. It was written by two leading country songwriters, Paul Overstreet, and Don Schlitz. The latter also wrote and previously recorded Kenny Rogers’ American #1, “The Gambler.” Keith Whitley was one of the country music artists to break out in the 80s.  Keith, along with Hank Williams, Jr., Reba MacEntire, Allison Kraus, Garth Brooks and George Strait took the country music to a new level. Country music would never be the same and these artist were recording hit after hit!

When Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz were originally not too impressed with this song, but when they played it to Keith Whitley, he told them that they had written a classic and it became the second of 5 consecutive US Country #1s for Whitley, the last one posthumous – Whitley died on May 9, 1989 at age 34.  It was a Country hit a second time in 1995 for Alison Krauss & Union Station, but neither version reached the UK chart. This song continues to be one of my favorites by Keith Whitley and he continues to be my all time favorite country music artist!

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Song Lyrics –

It’s amazing how you
Can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word
You can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain
What I hear when you don’t say a thing

The smile on your face let’s me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best
When you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear
People talking out loud (ooh)
But when you hold me near (you hold me near)
You drown out the crowd (drown out the crowd)
Try as they may they can never define
What’s being said between your heart and mine

The smile on your face let’s me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best (you say it best)
When you say nothing at all

(Ohh) the smile on your face let’s me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me (ooh)
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best (you say it best)
When you say nothing at all

(You say it best when you say nothing at all)
(You say it best when you say nothing at all)
(You say it best when you say nothing at all) that smile on your face
(You say it best when you say nothing at all) the truth in your eyes
(You say it best when you say nothing at all) the touch of your hand let’s me know that you need me
(You say it best when you say nothing at all) nothing at all
(You say it best when you say nothing at all) nothing at all
(You say it best when you say nothing at all) nothing at all

Writer/s: Donald Alan Schlitz, Paul Overstreet

 

 

9 thoughts on “Keith Whitley – “When You Say Nothing At All!”

  1. I remember when he passed. It was really sad. I worked with a guy at the time that knew him and his wife Lorrie Morgan. He seemed like a decent down to earth guy…Great country artist.

              1. Oh yes it is…he grew up in the country. I need to watch it again…but I know he was a boy drinking…such a nice guy also. I knew what was going to happen obviously but it still was so sad.