One of country music’s most beloved “Bad Boys,” Travis Tritt is someone to reckon when he released a cover of Patty Smyth’s rock ballad, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” in 2013. More interestingly, he was not the only one who sang it. Her then 15-year-old daughter joined him and they both performed a duet. Travis Tritt and daughter Tyler took on the country version of the song, which is also the first single released by Tritt in five years.
Travis was the one who came up with the idea of making a country version of the song. He said,
“Last year we were driving home from a wedding in Florida when the song came up on my iPod. My 15-year-old daughter Tyler Reese had never heard the song, and she started singing along in the backseat. When it ended she made me play it again five or six more times. I was listening, but didn’t say anything.”
“When we got home, I told my wife I thought Tyler Reese could really do a great job on this song. We agreed and I took her in the studio to sing her parts. I know I sound like a biased parent, but she’s got a lot of talent and charisma. The recording speaks for itself. She really nailed it.’ That she did!”
The recording is the first single included on Tritt’s album, The Calm After… It was released on July 9, 2013. In addition, the collection is a revised re-release of Tritt’s 2007 album, The Storm.
About the Song
But there’s a danger in loving somebody too much,
and it’s bad when you know it’s your heart you can’t trust.
There’s a reason why people don’t stay where they are.
Baby, sometimes love just ain’t enough.
Written by Patty Smyth and Glen Burtnik, the 1992 rock ballad was a hit and stormed the charts. It topped both the Billboard Adult Contemporary and the Top 40 Mainstream song charts. Also, it peaked at no. 1 on Canada RPM Top Singles.
“Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” narrates a past relationship between two people. Their efforts to move on with their respective lives and make sense of the aftermath: There’s a reason why people don’t stay where they are / Baby sometimes love just ain’t enough. In the final chorus, there is a slight lyrical change to this line (“stay where they are” becomes “stay who they are”). Also, the line It’s sad when you know it’s your heart you can’t trust is changed to It’s sad when you know it’s your heart they can’t touch.
Watch the country version of the father-daughter Tritt of “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” below: