Lorrie Morgan Pays Tribute To Late Husband Keith Whitley With “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

Lorrie Morgan Pays Tribute To Late Husband Keith Whitley With “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
Lorrie Morgan, Keith Whitley; John Russell/CMA

Keith Whitley has been gone almost as long as he lived, but his songs continue to make a profound impact on country music.

During a recent concert in Emporia, Kansas, Whitley’s widow, legendary country singer Lorrie Morgan, paid tribute to her late husband by covering one of his most popular songs, “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The third single from the album of the same name, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” was released a year prior to Whitley’s death in 1989. The song was Billboard’s No. 1 country single of 1988.

“Don’t close your eyes. Let it be me. Don’t pretend it’s him, in some fantasy. Darling, just once, let yesterday go. And you’ll find more love than you’ll ever know. Just hold me tight when you love me tonight. And don’t close your eyes,” the man begs her.

Written by Bob McDill, the single tells of a man in love with a woman who can’t get past memories of her past relationship, thinking of her past love every time she closes her eyes.

“Don’t close your eyes. Let it be me. Don’t pretend it’s him, in some fantasy. Darling, just once, let yesterday go. And you’ll find more love than you’ll ever know. Just hold me tight when you love me tonight. And don’t close your eyes,” the chorus says.

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