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November 21

Tracy Lee Lawrence’s “I See It Now”

Born January 27, 1968, Tracy Lee Lawrence is an American who, eventually, made a name in the country music industry. Starting out at a country music restaurant called “Live At Libby’s”, Tracy Lawrence was assisted by owner Libby Knight. Here, local talents find their way into country music through owner Knight. With Wayne Edwards’, Lawrence’s Manager, assistance, he signed with Atlantic Records. From then on, he started recording and producing great albums starting with Sticks and Stones.

On May 31, 1991, before the album’s release, Lawrence walked a high school friend to the door of her hotel room. Three armed men confronted them. The men robbed them and attempted to force Lawrence and his friend into her motel room. Lawrence resisted resulting to four gunshot wounds. Luckily, his friend escaped. Two of the wounds were major and they necessitated surgery. One of the bullets remains embedded in Lawrence’s hip. Thankfully, he survived and was able to make the second successful album Alibi in 1993.

Tracy Lee Lawrence Live

On his third album, I See It Now, they produced four singles: “If the World Had a Front Porch”, “Texas Tornado” and “As Any Fool Can See”. The year 1994 was its release. Among the said tracks, “Texas Tornado” became number one on the Hot Country Songs charts. On the other hand, the other singles all occupied the number 2 spot on the same chart. “Hillbilly with a Heartache”, a duet with John Anderson, is on Anderson’s 1994 album Country ‘Til I Die. “I Got a Feelin’”, co-written with Joe Diffie, later recorded it on his 1997 Twice Upon a Time album.

“I See It Now” is about a guy having regrets because his ex-lover is happy with another man now. The line, “You sure look good since your new love came in your life” is proof. Another is in, “Oh I never saw that look in your eyes”. Finally, we can see it here too, “Holding him, you never looked more beautiful”. He wished he could bring out the best of her by doing the right things for her. Unfortunately, her man now is doing this for her.

Measuring Lawrence’s success, he has released nine studio albums, three compilations, a live album, and a Christmas album. His studio albums have accounted for more than forty singles on the Billboard country music charts. Of these, eight have reached number one.

Here is a list: Sticks and Stones” (1991), Alibis”, Can’t Break It to My Heart”, My Second Home” (all 1993), If the Good Die Young” (1994), Texas Tornado” (1995), Time Marches On” (1996) and Find Out Who Your Friends Are” (2007).


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