Wrong or right? One way or the other? Black or white? One to love another? Oh, tell me why? Why does it have to be? Ah, but I can\’t help but wonder
Wrong or right? One way or the other? Black or white? One to love another? Oh, tell me why? Why does it have to be? Wrong or right? One way or the other? Black or white? One to love another? (Oh, tell me, oh, tell me) Oh, tell me why? Oh, tell me why does it have to be Wrong or right? One way or the other? Black or white? One to love another? (Oh, tell me) Oh, tell me why? (Oh, tell me) Wrong or right?
One way or the other? Black or white? One to love another? This was written by the Nashville songwriters Donny Lowery and Randy Sharp. In 1986, Nashville had not yet experienced anything quite like Randy Sharp. A rebel in the ways of lyrical etiquette, to this day songwriter Sharp chooses to toe the line in terms of content and style; and he has succeeded in producing hit upon hit upon hit. When he was paired with Don Lowery to co-write this song, Restless Heart didn\’t even exist. At the time, Tim DuBois, co-founder of Arista Records, was busy forming an idea.
According to Randy, \”The members of Restless Heart were all friends, and they were all working together all the time anyway. But Ted got the idea that these young sessions players that he was seeing at all the recording dates really should think about being their own band, because these guys were already a working ensemble. \” This song, says Randy, \”Was so against the rules in almost every respect. And there was no Pop side of Country yet when we wrote that. It was a very straight Country market. So Don and I were just writing to entertain each other.
The premise of this song was really contrary to that very conservative Country mentality. Weвre talking about basically, Why am I limited to one? Why do I have to just be in love with one person at a time? I had no expectation of that story line making it on Country radio. But the demo had all of those harmonies on it. So we were just being really indulgent and creating something that we were entertained by. And of course, being kind of young men at that time, both had asked ourselves that question more than once.
And it was a legitimate question and a legitimate song. Just the idea of getting it cut in the Countryв we just didnвt see it happening. \” \”But we turned it in, and it just happened Tim DuBois was looking to do a Pop/Country band with the best players in town, and they were looking for something that was really elaborate vocally, and was a little outside of the expected story lines. And we sent him that song, and the band got really excited and cut it, and it was actually a bit Pop, too. Both Country and Pop, itвs one of the 100 Most Played Songs. \”