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Shoulda Been a Hit: Garth’s “When You Come Back To Me Again”

This week’s Shoulda Been a Hit column is going to look a little different.  Normally, I include the official video for the song that I choose, but, given Garth’s disdain for YouTube and ITunes, that’s just not going to happen.  And, now, I know what you’re thinking . . . “Garth Brooks had a song that wasn’t a hit?”  He sure did.  It was “When You Come Back to Me Again,” which peaked at a disappointing #21 on the Billboard Country Chart.  How on Earth was that possible?  The song had everything going for it.

When Garth recorded “To Make You Feel My Love” for the movie Hope Floats, everyone knew it was going to be huge.  And it was.  The movie scored big at the box office and it scored Garth yet another number one.  It just made sense for him to record another song for another movie sometime and he did.

The song was the glorious “When You Come Back to Me Again” featured in the movie Frequency, which, despite its small budget and little fanfare upon its release, became quite the unexpected sleeper hit.  The song, however, didn’t.  And, to this day, I don’t understand it.  It’s vintage Garth and everything we love about him.  A power ballad packed with emotion, Garth’s big voice and harmony vocals from Trisha Yearwood.  Normally that equation is 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals HUGE hit.  That said, something here missed.  Not sure what it was but “When You Come Back to Me Again” SHOULDA been a hit!

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