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Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless, both from the same small town of Pikeville, Kentucky, were almost destined to record a duet together. This song is Patty's first full-fledged duet, but unfortuanately it did not get the kind of high praise that it should have for two of country music's hottest new acts. Both artists were still struggling to find their niche and to be able to sing the kind of songs that they both grew up on and enjoyed.

Dwight and Patty teamed to sing this duet in the summer of 1990, but the single wasn't released until 1992. The song is a true country classic with lots of fiddles and steel guitars and is reminiscent of songs from years past. It's release in August of 1992 came as a follow up to another one of Patty's lost hits, "Can't Stop Myself From Loving You", a song of similar style that was slipping off the charts after peaking at #20 a few weeks earlier. It charted from the low 60's, peaking at #47 before leaving the Billboard charts in mid-October.

"Send A Message To My Heart" - like "Can't Stop Myself From Loving You" - probably didn't receive the airplay it truly deserved because it was a bit too 'twangy' for the radio stations. During the summer, radio tends to cater to younger listeners who generally prefer uptempo songs over ballads. In addition, the record wasn't released by MCA or Sony, Patty's new record company at the time. And it just didn't get much promotion from WEA/Warner, Dwight's label.

This was the last single released before Patty had her throat surgery. The operation did alter her voice, which, over the years has developed into a deeper, fuller sound which is quite evident in her new releases such as "Can't Get Enough" and "I Just Want To Be Loved By You." If you listen to "Send A Message To My Heart" then listen to her new releases - ten years later - the difference is remarkable. The axiom "they don't make 'em like that any more" really holds true in that regard.

One trivia note is that the flip-side of the 45 record, is "Takes A Lot To Rock You" which was originally made for MTV! The video was too controversial for country outlets such as CMT or TNN.

Album: If There Was A Way
Artist: Dwight Yoakam
Released: 10/30/90
Label: WEA/Warner Brothers

Personnel: Dwight Yoakam (vocals, acoustic guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); Pete Anderson (electric & baritone guitars); Don Reed (fiddle); Scott Joss (fiddle, mandolin); Tim O'Brien (mandolin); Tom Brumley (steel guitar); Al Perkins (banjo, dobro, lap steel guitar); Skip Edwards (keyboards); Chuck Domanico (acoustic bass); Tara Prodaniuk (bass); Jeff Donavan (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Tim O'Brien, Tommy Funderburk, Jim Lauderdale, Emily Saliers, Amy Ray (background vocals).

Special Guest: Patty Loveless duet vocal with 'Send A Message To My Heart'
Roger Miller background vocal with 'It Only Hurts When I Cry'

This was the last album Dwight released on vinyl; however, the vinyl albums were only available through the BMG Record Club.


Listen To A Brief Audio Clip

Song Lyrics
Send a message to my heart
On the wings of the wind
Let me hear your sweet voice saying
You love me again
Even though we're apart
I still hold your memories
Send a message to my heart
To keep you here with me

Darlin' when you're all alone
Tell me do you think of me?
Does my name touch your lips?
Am I still in your dreams?

Do your arms reach out to mine
In the still of the night?
Do you wish that I was with you
When you turn out the light?

Send a message to my heart
On the wings of the wind
Let me hear your sweet voice saying
You love me again
Even though we're apart
I still hold your memory
Send a message to my heart
To keep you here with me.

All these moments alone
Make me realize
Just how empty this old world is
Without you in my life.

I can't get you now
Our Love you so sweet
Send a message to my heart
To keep you here with me

Send a message to my heart
On the wings of the wind
Let me hear your sweet voice saying
You love me again
Even though we're apart
I still hold your memories
Send a message to my heart
To keep you here with me

Send a message to my heart
To keep you here with me

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