Matches

Sammy Kershaw

About Matches

"Matches" is a song recorded by American country music artist Sammy Kershaw. It was released in March 1998 as the second single from the album Labor of Love. The song reached #22 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song was written by Skip Ewing and Roger Springer.


Year:
1997
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We met at the broken spoke restaurant and lounge
I lit your cigarette and then you wrote your number down
On the inside of a matchbook that was laying on the bar
And a fire started burning somewhere in my heart

I didn't see it coming, guess I didn't read the signs
I just never thought you'd leave me after all this time
But today when I came home my key was hollow in the door
And there was nothing but a worn out book of matches on the floor

You took the bed
You took the dishes and the car
You broke my trust
You took advantage of my heart
You left me here
With empty rooms and walls with holes and scars and scratches
If I find the strength to burn you memories down
At least you left the matches

The color's old and faded the cover's worn and stained
But i can still make out the numbers and the heart beside your name
Until tonight they'd only lit a single cigarette
Now one by one I'm striking them to help me to forget

And everybody at the broken spoke
All thought my crazy story was a joke
Now they're out there in the parking lot
Staring at the smoke

You took the bed
You took the dishes and the car
You broke my trust
You took advantage of my heart
You left me here
With empty rooms and walls with holes and scars and scratches
And the hurt I need to burn those memories down
At least you left the matches

Baby all that's left of our love now is ashes
Thank God you left the matches

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Sammy Kershaw

Samuel Paul "Sammy" Kershaw (born February 24, 1958, Kaplan, Louisiana, United States) is an American country music artist. He has released ten studio albums, with three RIAA platinum certifications and two gold certifications among them. More than twenty-five singles have entered Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one hit "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" and ten more Top Ten hits: "Cadillac Style", "Anywhere but Here", "Haunted Heart", "Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer", "I Can't Reach Her Anymore", "National Working Woman's Holiday", "Third Rate Romance", "Meant to Be", "Vidalia", and "Love of My Life". more »

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Written by: ROGER SPRINGER, SKIP EWING

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10 facts about this song

Release Year and Album
"Matches" is a song by country music artist Sammy Kershaw. It was released in October 1998 as the third single from his album, "Labor of Love."
Song Chart Performance
The song reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Music Genre
"Matches" falls under the country music genre, employing traditional country elements like fiddle and steel guitar in its arrangement.
Songwriter Contribution
The song was written by Shawn Camp and Phil White, two well-respected Nashville songwriters.
Music Video
There was a music video released for "Matches" which was directed by Michael Salomon, known for his extensive contribution to country music videos.
Lyrics Theming
The lyrics tell a story about a boy who reunites with his childhood sweetheart years later, recognizing her by the matches from the convenience store her family owned.
Song Length
The song duration is approximately 3 minutes and 40 seconds long.
Album Success
The "Labor of Love" album reached number 6 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart, demonstrating the overall success of Kershaw's music during this period.
Contemporary Review
Music journalist Maria Konicki Dinoia of AllMusic highlighted "Matches" as a stand-out track from the album, praising its evocative storytelling.
Artist Recognition
Sammy Kershaw is known as a top country hit-maker in the 1990s, with other popular singles like "She Doesn't Know She's Beautiful" and "Third Rate Romance."

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