If Tomorrow Never Comes

Album: Garth Brooks (1989)

Songfacts®:

  • This was Garth Brooks' first country #1. In 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Brooks said: "There are a lot of great writers in Nashville and Kent Blazy and his wife Sharon, who are wonderful people, had been trying to make a living from Kent's songwriting. Kent had had some stuff recorded by Gary Morris but he hadn't had a #1. I thought we had something when we completed the song but I didn't really know it would be a hit until I heard it by chance on the radio in my truck and I knew we had something. There was something in it that moved me and I could feel the tears come to my eyes."
  • This was named Favorite Country Single in the American Music Awards of 1991.
  • In 2002 Irishman Ronan Keating scored a a UK #1 with this. In Ireland it is estimated that in the 1990s one person in two owned a Garth Brooks record. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
  • This was the song that earned Garth Brooks a recording contract. Kent Blazy shared the story with Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Association International.

    "We pitched it around town for about a year and nobody was interested. We were going to get together and rewrite it, to see if we could get it better. About a week before that, he (Brooks) got a call to come play at the Bluebird to fill in for somebody who was sick. They let him do one song, and he played 'If Tomorrow Never Comes.' Linda Schultz from Capitol Records, who passed on him for the third time that week, heard something (in that song). She said, 'Why don't you come back? Maybe we missed something.' He came in and got a record deal. It was his second single, my first #1 and his first #1."

Comments: 6

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesI love classic songs like this This song is very emotional ....... I love Ronan's voice especially When he sings 'When you say Nothing at all' I'm only 20 now But I adore classic songs like this. This song is very heart felt it will never be forgotten <3
  • Siahara Shyne Carter from North Carolina, United StatesThis song is very emotional .... I love Ronan's voice His song ''When you say nothing at all'' He's handsome too. Classic Song like This will never be forgotten <3
  • Garrett from Phenix City, AlThis is a timeless country song. It is very meaningful and has a positive message. The song says you should never put off telling your loved ones how you feel until tomorrow because tomorrow may never come. I think Ronan Keating had a very beautiful version of this song. The first time I heard it, I really didn't know whose version I liked better, but nou, the more I hear Ronan's version, the more I think I like it better than Garth Brooks' Version. Before I even heard it, I thought, "Can't nobody touch Garth on this song." But now, as I said before I like Ronan's version better. He has an amazing voice, and I love the use of Spanish guitar in the verses and strings in the chorus. This arrangement gives me chills.
  • Luis from San Antonio Los Altos, Venezuelaa song like this is just a message for everyone, we do not have to wait until tomorrow to express that feelings we keep inside of our hearts...always today is the right moment.
  • Carrie from Ansonia, Ctthis song is great because it reminds us that you should tell someone how you feel NOW, because you never know what tomorrow will bring, and you might never get the chance.
  • George from Jo'burg, South AfricaI felt, and still do feel, insulted to hear that irishman sing this song. Same goes for every artist who tries to ride on another artists success.
    This song teaches us that life is not permanent and thus we need to tell the ones we love how we feel as we might not have that chance again.
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