Some Things I Know

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Some Things I Know
Studio album by Lee Ann Womack
Released September 22, 1998
Genre Country
Length 39:10
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Mark Wright
Lee Ann Womack chronology
Lee Ann Womack
(1997)Lee Ann Womack1997
Some Things I Know
I Hope You Dance
(2000)I Hope You Dance2000

Some Things I Know is the second album from Lee Ann Womack. It was released in 1998 and rose to the #20 position on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album's first two singles, "A Little Past Little Rock" and "I'll Think of a Reason Later," both peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Additionally, "(Now You See Me) Now You Don't" reached the Top 20 on the chart. The album's fourth and final single, "Don't Tell Me," failed to reach the Top 40 on the chart.


Womack told Billboard, "I didn't venture out too much or change anything, really, but went with the same process as the first: an extensive song search, plus writing with some other writers at Tree."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]

Editors at Billboard gave the album a positive review and wrote, Lee Ann Womack's sophomore album is a solid collection of bedrock country songs that tap elemental emotions. The current single, "A Little Past Little Rock," is a blue-chip country weeper. The real gem here, though, is Bobby Braddock's composition "I'd Rather Have What We Had." The writer of such country classics as George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today," Braddock has penned a cheating song for the ages with "I'd Rather Have What We Had." And Womack brings home the groceries with her emotional delivery."[6] Bill Friskics-Warren of The Washington Post gave the album a mixed review and wrote, "Some Things I Know" has its share of winning moments, but the record is not, as some have hailed it, the traditional country album of the year. Given more sensitive production, as well as the inclusion of more material that suited Womack's vocal strengths, it might have come close, though."[7] Mario Tarradel of The Dallas Morning News listed it as the second best country album of 1998 and wrote, "Ms. Womack followed up her marvelous self-titled debut album with an equally stellar effort that once again honors rich country traditions. But this is no history lesson. Some Things I Know is filled with songs and performances that chronicle everyday life with elegance and emotion."[8] Brian Mansfield of USA Today also listed it as the second best album of 1998 and he wrote, "Womack's delicate, vulnerable soprano is one of the most beautiful sounds in contemporary country, and the style and tone of her second album place her squarely in the footsteps of greats like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn."[9] Allmusic's Brian Wahlert was less favorable, saying that "It seems that producer Mark Wright has made an effort to soften Womack's sound to make it more palatable to country radio, but in the process he has removed the soul of her music."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Some Things I Know" (Burton Collins, Sally Barris) - 3:04
  2. "A Little Past Little Rock" (Brett Jones, Tony Lane, Jess Brown) - 4:17
  3. "(Now You See Me) Now You Don't" (Lane, Brown, David Lee) - 2:38
  4. "I'd Rather Have What We Had" (Bobby Braddock) - 3:17
  5. "The Man Who Made My Mama Cry" (Billy Lawson, Lee Ann Womack, Dale Dodson) - 4:04
  6. "I'll Think of a Reason Later" (Tony Martin, Tim Nichols) - 3:37
  7. "Don't Tell Me" (Buddy Miller, Julie Miller) - 4:03
    • featuring Buddy Miller and Julie Miller
  8. "I Keep Forgetting" (Jamie O'Hara) - 3:35
    • duet with Vince Gill
  9. "If You're Ever Down in Dallas" (Womack, Jason Sellers) - 2:32
  10. "When the Wheels Are Coming Off" (Wynn Varble, Randy Hardison, Leslie Satcher) - 3:39
  11. "The Preacher Won't Have to Lie" (Billy Montana, Steve Dean) - 4:18

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 20
U.S. Billboard 200 136
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 5


  1. ^ Bessman, Jim. Billboard Womack Reveals 'Some Things' With Her Sophomore Decca Set (AUGUST 22, 1998)
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Alanna Nash (1998-10-02). "Some Things I Know Review | News Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  4. ^ LEWIS, RANDY (1998-10-16). "Pop". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-28. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. p. 339. ISBN 9780312245603. 
  6. ^ Billboard Album Reviews. (October 10th 1998)
  7. ^ Friskics-Warren, Bill. The Washington Post Honky-Tonk Women?; From Four Country Music Mamas, a Down-Home Dilution (November 1, 1998)
  8. ^ Tarradel, Mario. The Dallas Morning News The Year 98' in Review (December 25, 1998)
  9. ^ Mansfield, Brian. USA Today Country pumps up the sales volume Solid numbers conceal genre's creative poverty (December 29, 1998)