Keith Whitley – When You Say Nothing at All

Entered the Hot Country Singles chart on September 17, 1988, at No. 61, and gradually rose to the top, where it stayed for two weeks at the end of the year. It was the second of five consecutive chart-topping singles for Whitley, who did not live to see the last two, as he died on May 9, 1989.

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Keith Whitley – When You Say Nothing at All, is a country song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. It was a hit song for four different performers: Keith Whitley, who took it to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on December 24, 1988; Alison Krauss, whose version was her first solo top-10 country hit in 1995; Irish singer Frances Black, whose 1996 version became her third Irish Top 10 single and brought the song to the attention of Irish pop singer Ronan Keating, whose 1999 version was his first solo single and a number-one hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand.
RCA released “When You Say Nothing at All” as the follow-up single to the title song of Whitley’s Don’t Close Your Eyes album. The former song already had hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, his first chart-topper after three prior singles made the top 10. “When You Say Nothing at All” entered the Hot Country Singles chart on September 17, 1988, at No. 61, and gradually rose to the top, where it stayed for two weeks at the end of the year. It was the second of five consecutive chart-topping singles for Whitley, who did not live to see the last two, as he died on May 9, 1989, of alcohol poisoning. “Keith did a great job singin’ that song,” co-composer Schlitz told author Tom Roland. “He truly sang it from the heart.” In 2004, Whitley’s original was ranked 12th among CMT’s 100 Greatest Love Songs. It was sung by Sara Evans on the show. As of February 2015, the song has sold 599,000 digital copies in the US after it became available for download.





Keith Whitley - When You Say Nothing at All
Cover LP Keith Whitley RCA 1988

Keith Whitley – When You Say Nothing at All
From the album Don’t Close Your Eyes
B-side “Lucky Dog”
Released 1988
Genre Country
Length 3:40
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Paul Overstreet. Don Schlitz
Producer(s) Garth Fundis Keith Whitley

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Keith Whitley – When You Say Nothing at All Lyrics

[Verse 1: Keith Whitley]
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
[Chorus: Keith Whitley]
The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
Now you say it best when you say nothing at all
[Verse 2: Keith Whitley]
All day long I can hear people talking out loud
But when you hold me near you drown out the crowd
Old Mister Webster could never define
What’s being said between your heart and mine
[Chorus: Keith Whitley]
The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
Now you say it best when you say nothing at all
[Chorus: Keith Whitley]
The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
Now you say it best when you say nothing at all

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Keith Whitley - When You Say Nothing at All
Single Keith Whitley RCA 1988

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