There Is No Arizona

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"There Is No Arizona"
Jamie O'Neal Arizona.jpg
Single by Jamie O'Neal
from the album Shiver
B-side "Frantic" [1]
ReleasedAugust 7, 2000
Format CD single, 7" single
Genre Country
Length3:57
Label Mercury Nashville
Songwriter(s) Jamie O'Neal
Lisa Drew
Shaye Smith
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Jamie O'Neal singles chronology
"There Is No Arizona"
(2000)
"When I Think About Angels"
(2001)

"There Is No Arizona" is a song co-written and recorded by Australian country music artist Jamie O'Neal. It was released in August 2000 as the first single from O'Neal's debut album, Shiver . The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. It was written by O'Neal, Lisa Drew and Shaye Smith.

Contents

Content

The narrator talks about how a man sets off to Arizona, and promises to send for the woman (the narrator) when he has things set up. Time goes by and she gets one postcard with no return address, then nothing more. She tries to hold out hope that he'll come back or send for her but finally, as her friends keep asking her when she's going, she realizes that the dream of having a better life with him in Arizona is never going to come true. She realizes that the wonderful, love-filled paradise she had hoped for was just a lie, or, to be generous, a pipe dream, the man told her when he left her. Her vision of Arizona does not exist.

Music video

The music video was directed by Lawrence Carroll and premiered in mid-2000. It starts with O'Neal sitting on a bench in a desert with a postcard in her hand singing. She eventually tears up the postcard and the pieces blow away in the wind. Once the second chorus hits, a tarp behind her is revealed, and behind her is a skyscraper of New York City. She then is seen walking through NYC (including sitting on another bench, standing in the heart of Times Square, in front of the Flatiron Building, and walking through Central Park), all while others are passing her by. As the song ends, she (in Times Square again) simply turns and walk away. And in the video she's wearing cowgirl boots and a pair of jeans and a sky blue colored tank top with a bunch of designs on it. And in some scenes she's wearing a dark purple leather jacket. And even when she's in Times Square she has the jacket off her shoulders and barely has her arms in it and in a few scenes she has it over her left shoulder.

Chart performance

"There Is No Arizona" debuted at number 69 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of August 12, 2000.

Chart (2000–2001)Peak
position [1]
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard ) [2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 [3] 40

Year-end charts

Chart (2001)Position
US Country Songs ( Billboard ) [4] 29

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