Written by Terry McBride, Jennifer Kimball and Tommy Lee James, the heartbreak ballad embodies the emotions of having to move on from a relationship. Moving on ultimately proves to be more difficult than anticipated as the song finds the fictional ex-lovers realizing that they still have feelings for each other. The song is told from the male and female perspective as they ask a friend to relay messages to one another and later ask the friend to keep the conversations to himself.
“If you see him, tell him I wish him well/ How am I doing?/ Well, sometimes it’s hard to tell/ I still miss him more than ever/ But please don’t say a word/ If you see him…” McEntire sings on the opening verse.
Ronnie Dunn’s signature vocals come into play on the second verse as he sings, “If you see her, tell her I’m doin’ fine/ And if you want to/ Say that I think of her from time to time.” Kix Brooks provides harmonies throughout the song.
The duet was the title track for both Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn’s. Both albums, McEntire’s If You See Him and Brooks & Dunn’s If You See Her, were released on June 2, 1998.
“If You See Him, If You See Her” ultimately reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks. This resulted in Reba’s 29th No. 1 single and Brooks & Dunn’s 12th No. 1 single.
In the accompanying music video, Reba is joined by Kix Brooks at a table for two. They have a conversation and later, Brooks is seen chatting with Dunn over a game of pool. Performance shots are intermixed throughout and the storyline concludes with Brooks & Dunn having a conversation in the street, then Brooks answering a phone call from McEntire.
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