For My Broken Heart


RELEASE DATE: October 1, 1991
Label: MCA Nashville
Produced By: Reba McEntire, Tony Brown

Reba’s sixteenth studio album featuring the hits “Is There Life Out There,” “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” and “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”

Recorded in the wake of a devastating plane crash, the album was Reba’s tribute to the lives lost of her band & crew. The album is currently certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, and remains the best selling album of Reba’s career.

1. For My Broken Heart

Writers: Liz Hengber, Keith Palmer

There were no angry words at all
As we carried boxes down the hall
One by one we put them in your car
Nothing much for us to say
One last goodbye and you drove away
I watched your tail-lights
As they faded in the dark
I couldn’t face the night in that lonely bed
So I laid down on the couch instead

Last night I prayed the Lord my soul to keep
Then I cried myself to sleep
So sure life wouldn’t go on without you
But oh this sun is blinding me
As it wakes me from the dark
I guess the world didn’t stop
For my broken heart

Clock’s still tickin, life goes
Radio still plays a song
As I try to put my scattered thoughts in place
And it takes all the strength I’ve got
To stumble to the coffee pot
The first of many lonely mornings I’ve got to face
You call to see if I’m ok
Look out the window and I just say


I guess the world ain’t gonna stop
For my broken heart

©1991 Starstruck Writers Group, Inc. (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission.

2. Is There Life Out There

Writers: Susan Longacre, Rick Giles

She married when she was twenty
She thought she was ready
Now she’s not so sure
She thought she’d done some living
But now she’s just wonderin’
What she’s living for
Now she’s feeling that there’s something more

Is there life out there
So much she hasn’t done
Is there life beyond
Her family and her home
She’s done what she should
Should she do what she dares
She doesn’t want to leave
She’s just wonderin
Is there life out there

She’s always lived for tomorrow
She’s never learned how
To live for today
She’s dyin’ to try something foolish
Do something crazy
Or just get away
Something for herself for a change


There’s a place in the sun that she’s never been
Where life is fair and time is a friend
Would she do it the same as she did back then
She look out the window and wonders again


©1991 W.B.M. Music Corp. / Long Acre Music / Edge O’Woods Music / Kinetic Music, Inc. (SESAC / ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission.

3. Bobby

Writers: Reba McEntire, Don Schlitz

Bobby pleaded guilty to the charges that they read
As they led him from the courtroom, a young voice turned his head
A little boy, dressed in blue, was standing at the rail
He said “I hope they kill you, I hope you go to hell”
They put Bobby in jail with forty other men
They all knew what he had done, and they were glad to take him in
They’d all seen the headlines about Bobby and his wife
How they loved each other, and how he took her life
Day after day, he sat alone
Night after night, they’d hear him sing his song (he’d sing)

Baby, I’ll take care of you, I’ll never let you down
No harm will ever come to you as long as I’m around
I am not afraid of what people say or do
The only thing I fear is being here…without you

The little boy dressed in blue grew up to be a man
When he fell in love himself, he came to understand
How it was that Bobby took the life they both adored
Cause Bobby couldn’t stand to see her suffer anymore
He took out the papers from the trunk beneath his bed
And all the years just disappeared as through his tears he read
The stories of the accident that robbed his mama’s mind
And the man who held her in his arms and chose to cut the line
And the one about the man who sits alone
Year after year, singing his song (he’d sing)


The young man drove his car up, and parked outside the gate
They led him to a cold grey room, the guard told him to wait
When the guard brought Bobby in, the young man finally knew
He still missed his mama, but he’d missed his daddy too
And when the guard left the two of them alone
He took Bobby in his arms, and the young man sang the song

Daddy, I’ll take care of you, I’ll never let you down
No harm will ever come to you as long as I’m around
You have taught me not to fear what people say or do
The only thing I fear is being here…without you

©1991 Starstruck Writers Group, Inc. / Don Schlitz Music / Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP / BMI) All rights reserved. Used by permission.

4. He's In Dallas

Writers: Donny Kees, Richard Ross, Johnny MacRae

5. All Dressed Up (With Nowhere To Go)

Writers: Lisa Palas, Biff Fink, Ira Rogers

7. Buying Her Roses

Writers: Joe Doyle, Rick Peoples

8. The Greatest Man I Never Knew

Writers: Richard Leigh, Layng Martine, Jr.

9. I Wouldn't Go That Far

Writers: Dana McVicker, Bruce Burch, Vip Vipperman

10. If Had Only Known

Writers: Jana Stanfield, Craig Morris



For My Broken Heart


Is There Life Out There


The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia