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"I'm Already There" is a song recorded by American country music band Lonestar, written by lead singer Richie McDonald along with Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers. It was released in March 2001 as the lead-off single to their fourth studio album of the same name. It spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song was the band's seventh Number One.[1]

"I'm Already There"
Lonestar - I'm Already There.jpg
Single by Lonestar
from the album I'm Already There
B-side"Tell Her"
ReleasedMarch 26, 2001 (2001-03-26)
FormatCD Single, 7" 45 RPM
GenreCountry pop, adult contemporary
Length4:13
LabelBNA 69083
Songwriter(s)Gary Baker
Frank J. Myers
Richie McDonald
Producer(s)Dann Huff
Lonestar singles chronology
"Tell Her"
(2000)
"I'm Already There"
(2001)
"With Me"
(2001)
Alternative cover
European Single Cover
European Single Cover

Contents

ContentEdit

In the song, McDonald narrates about a man who is on the road, and the lyric explains how the man feels and how his family is responding to his absence. This also explains how much the man loves his family, and how much they mean to him. He then says that he will always be there for them in spirit, even though he is separated from them physically. The song became associated with the September 11 attacks along with family members being deployed and returning from deployment, and has been heard many times on Good Morning America.[citation needed] Due to its tone and subject matter, "I’m Already There" is considered one of Lonestar’s darker songs, alongside "Not a Day Goes By", their 2002 single revolving around breakups.

On their 2003 greatest-hits package From There to Here: Greatest Hits, Lonestar included a "Message from Home" version which included dubbed-in telephone calls placed by family members of soldiers. This version also lacks the line "And I'll gently kiss your lips / Touch you with my fingertips" from the second verse.

Music videoEdit

The music video premiered on CMT on June 7, 2001 and it was directed by Michael Salomon. On April 21, 2003, they released another version of the music video to recast the song as a tribute to the military. This version is the one that is most-played on TV. The band's performance was shot at Nashville's Union Station Hotel.

Critical receptionEdit

Andrea Dresdale of Rolling Stone cited the song as a standout track on the album, calling it "a finely detailed snapshot of everyday life that'll have anyone in a long distance relationship reaching for the Kleenex."[2]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 24
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[6] 29

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 5

Westlife versionEdit

"I'm Already There"
Song by Westlife
from the album Back Home
ReleasedDecember 2007 (December 2007)
FormatDigital Download
GenrePop
Length4:18
LabelSony BMG
Songwriter(s)Gary Baker
Frank J. Myers
Richie McDonald
Producer(s)Quiz, Larossi

A cover of the song is the fourth track on the ninth studio album of Westlife, Back Home. It entered the UK download chart at #74 after "The Westlife Show" in December 2007. The song was not released as a single but peaked at #62 on the Official UK Singles Chart.

In 2008 on Series 5 of X Factor in the United Kingdom, JLS performed the Westlife version and it re-entered the UK charts at #106 and peaked at #63. It entered the Official Irish Singles Chart at #47.

Chart Peak
Position
UK Singles Chart 62
Irish Singles Chart 47

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Dresdale, Andrea (2001-06-25). "I'm Already There review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  3. ^ "Lonestar Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Lonestar Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Lonestar Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Lonestar Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012.