"The Box"
Single by Randy Travis
from the album This Is Me
B-side"Honky Tonk Side of Town"
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1995
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville 17970
Songwriter(s)Randy Travis
Buck Moore
Producer(s)Kyle Lehning
Randy Travis singles chronology
"This Is Me"
"The Box"
"Are We in Trouble Now"

"The Box" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Randy Travis. It was released in February 1995 as the fourth and final single from his album This Is Me. The song reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in April 1995. Before its release, it was the b-side to the album's first single, "Before You Kill Us All".[1] Travis wrote this song with Buck Moore.


The song is a story of a son who finds a box his father kept full of memories of his family. As the son goes through the box, he is reminded that his father loved his family but it wasn't easy for him to say "I love you".

Critical reception

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that fiddles and picked acoustic guitars "dominate this track" and that Travis' voice is "unmistakable." She goes on to call the song "simply told and beautifully sung."[2]

Music video

The music video was directed by Jim Shea and premiered in early 1995.

Chart performance

"The Box" debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of February 11, 1995.

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 7

Year-end charts

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 34


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 425–426. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Billboard, February 11, 1995
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9044." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 1, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Randy Travis Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.