After the success of “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” Smith followed it with “Then You Walk In.” The song hit the top ten of Billboard Country Charts in 1971. The song remained there for 14 weeks in the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
About the song
The song talks about how the narrator wants to leave her current relationship. But every time she decides to leave, her partner will try to make her realize that she is still in love with him.
“Then you walk in
Knowin’ what I’m thinkin’ of
You give your warm and tender love to me
And then you know I just can’t go”
I guess that leaving is far more difficult than staying, especially if you love the person too much. Maybe the time and effort spent with that person are also reasons why walking away is a difficult thing to do.
“Sometimes I think that I’ll be leavin’
There’s a lot of things I’d like to see
And when I hear those big jets whinin’
The urge for leavin’ comes to me”
If you haven’t heard Sammi Smith’s “Then You Walk In,” here’s a video for you to listen to.
About Sammi Smith
Sammi Smith, born as Jewel Fay Smith, on August 5, 1943, at Orange, California. Smith started singing at the age of 11 in nightclubs. She was discovered then by Johnny Cash’s bass player, Marshall Grant.
Before her success with “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” Smith had some minor hit songs, including “So Long, Charlie Brown,” “Don’t Look For Me Around,” “Why Do You Do Me Like You Do,” and “Brownsville Lumberyard.”
“Help Me Make It Through the Night” was Smith’s well-known song. It was written by the famous songwriter, Kris Kristofferson, in 1971. The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard country charts and also No. 8 on the pop charts. Due to its success, Smith won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Smith was also nominated as Female of the Year in 1971 and her song “Help Me Make It Through the Night” was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
Despite her melancholic lyrics, Smith was one of the few country female singers who is in the outlaw country movement. She formed a lifetime friendship with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
After her death, an album was released as a tribute to her. The album is entitled, “Help Me Make It Through the Night: The Memorial Album.” The album contains all of Smith’s biggest hit.