About the Song
Released on January 25, 1997, “Good as I Was to You” was recorded and popularized by American country music artist and Tennessee native Lorrie Morgan. It was the third and last single from her fifth studio album, Greater Need. American country music songwriters Don Schlitz and Billy Livsey penned the song while American musician and record producer James Stroud produced it for BNA Records. This three-minute song was among the hits of Morgan in the late 1970’s. It was preceded by “I Just Might Be” released in 1996, and followed by “Go Away” which was released in the same year the said song.
Despite not landing on the top spot, “Good as I Was to You” was a total performer in the charts for Morgan. Most notably, it peaked at no. 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks in the United States. On the other hand, it also entered the Canadian RPM Country Tracks where it charted at no. 17.
The best characteristic of country music is its ability to convey a meaningful story. Now, this makes it interesting knowing that the song is a country music. It simply tells a narrative. As for “Good as I Was to You,” behind it is a message that empowers women to stand up for themselves against cheating men. The song specifically portrays a woman who was aware that her significant other (maybe a husband or boyfriend) has been cheating on her. Hence, upon learning that he and his other woman went to the restaurant where they used to dine, she confronts them.
Moreover, she madly tells him every single good thing she has done for him. She expresses her dismay and disgust. She tells him that after all of what she’s done to him, it is cheating that he would repay her. Furthermore, she then tells the other woman that she will never run after her man anymore. She said that she could have him anytime she wants.
The chorus of the song tells all what the woman response to her man:
Good as I was to you is this the thanks I get?
Are all the years we shared so easy to forget?
Does this mean that you’ve won?
Are you finally having fun?
Is she your dream come true?
Oh, she sure looks good but she won’t ever be
As good as I was to you…
WATCH: Lorrie Morgan’s 1997 hit “Good As I Was to You.”
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