Past The Point Of Rescue

Album: Past The Point Of Rescue (1991)


  • In this song, a lovelorn Hal Ketchum wonders if he's past the point of rescue, meaning it's truly over with his girl. In the video, we see her burning a picture of Hal, so that's not a good sign.
  • A #1 hit in Canada and #2 on the US Country chart, this title track is the highest-charting single from Hal Ketchum's Gold-certified album Past the Point of Rescue. It was his first major-label album and the song was his breakout hit. The album also produced three other charting singles: "Small Town Saturday Night," "I Know Where Love Lives," and "Five O'Clock World," which is a cover of The Vogues' song.
  • This song was also covered by the Dixie Chicks on their 1992 album Little Ol' Cowgirl.
  • Fun side fact about Hal Ketchum, who died in 2020 at 67. He declared himself old school and bragged that he didn't even own a computer. He explained, "Pen and pencil never crashes."
  • While this was Ketchum's mainstream debut, his first album was 1988's Threadbare Alibis, consisting of eleven self-penned songs he had been working up to from his start playing in small clubs in the early '80s in Austin, Texas.


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