Listen : Jesse Keith Whitley and his son Jackie’s stunning duet rendition of “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.
“Don’t Close Your Eyes” is a country song that was recorded by American singer Keith Whitley in 1988. The song was written by Bob McDill and later covered by Alan Jackson in 1992.
The lyrics of the song speak about heartbreak and emotional pain, telling the story of a man who is struggling to move on from a relationship. The chorus of the song goes:
“Don’t close your eyes Let it be me Don’t pretend it’s him In some fantasy Darling just once Let yesterday go And you’ll find more love Than you’ve ever known”
Whitley’s soulful vocals and the song’s powerful melody have made it a favorite among fans of traditional country music. Its emotional depth and poignant lyrics have also made it a classic for those experiencing heartbreak or loss.
“Don’t Close Your Eyes” was a commercial success for Whitley, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1988. It also earned him several awards, including the Academy of Country Music Award for Single of the Year in 1989.
Alan Jackson’s interpretation of the song features his signature honky-tonk sound with upbeat instrumentation, however, he retained the soulful element of the song through his equally powerful vocals.
Overall, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” is a timeless classic that showcases the emotional power of country music. Its universal message of heartbreak and longing has made it a beloved favorite among fans of the genre and those who appreciate songs with a heartfelt message.
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