Of the three ballads from Damn Yankees, this is the only one that I’d argue more or less deserves its reputation for being dull and uninteresting. The tune is certainly pretty, especially in original leading man Stephen Douglas’ polished baritone, but it has a stilted quality to it that just makes the emotional content of the song ring false. As for the lyrics, they’re so cliched and simplistic that they sound like a parody…it’s hard to imagine how Adler and Ross were allowed to get away with putting them in an actual Broadway show. The song’s dullness is an especial letdown in the final scene, where it is sung as the counterpoint to the villain’s last-ditch efforts at temptation. Granted, this song is still vastly superior to the one that replaced it in the show’s film version, “There’s Something About an Empty Chair”, but it’s still fatally weak in a score that places it next to classics like “A Little Brains, A Little Talent” or “Those Were the Good Old Days”.
Verdict: Not exactly horrible, but not very good, either.