Words by Heart

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"Words by Heart"
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Single by Billy Ray Cyrus
from the album It Won't Be the Last
B-side "Throwin' Stones"
Released January 24, 1994
Format CD, cassette
Genre Country
Length 3:07
Label PolyGram/Mercury
Songwriter(s) Reed Nielsen
Monty Powell
Producer(s) Jim Cotton
Joe Scaife
Billy Ray Cyrus singles chronology
"Somebody New"
"Words by Heart"
"Talk Some"

"Somebody New"
"Words by Heart"
"Talk Some"

"Words by Heart" is a song written by Reed Nielsen and Monty Powell, and recorded by American country music singer, Billy Ray Cyrus. It was released in January 1994 as the third single from his platinum-selling second album, It Won't Be the Last. The song was the follow-up to "Somebody New". "Words by Heart" reached a peak of number 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs chart), and number 19 on the U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. It also gained play in Canada, where it reached number 14.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Cyrus "applies his well-rehearsed Springsteen growl and delivers an over-dramatic reading of this nostalgic ode to a lost high school love."[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made also made for the song and it was directed by Charley Randazzo.

Chart performance[edit]

"Words by Heart" debuted at number 68 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 29, 1994.

Chart (1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 12


  1. ^ Billboard, January 29, 1994
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2454." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 25, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 25, 2011.

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