One More Last Chance contained only two single releases, though. The first single emerged in the latter half of 1980, "Night Games", a bar room ballad about the fictional happenings in single's bars across the country. The song became a rather successful release late in 1980 as country music, and for a brief period of time, popular culture, was caught up in all things cowboy and western. Country music, specifically, adopted a commercially successful formula following the success of the Urban Cowboy movie where younger and newer artists were igniting their careers and some established artists shed their '70s fashions in favor of a new look: tight blue jeans, fringe filled suits and vests, and the ever popular cowboy hat. Some established artists didn't adopt this new look but they did alter their fashions a little bit with a more casual look rather than the businessman approach with suit and tie. "Night Games", written by Buddy Kalb, reached the Top-20 on the country charts in late 1980. Ray, in the meantime, was one of the artists who adopted that cowboy look in a few of his appearances. Although he didn't go all out and become a visual replica of any member of The Riders in the Sky he nevertheless, at times, wore the fringe vests and cowboy hat.
In the mid-tempo range comes "Let's Do It Right This Time" which tells the tale of a relationship on the verge of collapse with the man in the song urging for a do over, in other words: a second chance...which keeps in step with the overall theme of the LP. Much of the subject matter in the songs deal with marital strife, relationship misery, love gone sour, and optimistic hope for reconciliation. It's one of the more country music flavored LP's from Ray Stevens in his vast catalog of studio albums. "It's Not All Over" carries a sense of denial in that the guy refuses to accept the realities of a bad relationship and instead tries to talk himself into believing that things can be worked out. One of the most unique songs, "Melissa", is about a guy who meets up with a woman and apparently falls madly in love with her. The two are complete opposites of each other when it comes to social, economical, and culture backgrounds and yet he can't get over that one time encounter. While most of the songs deal with love gone wrong, there's one song on here that deals with love prevention and that's "Take Your Love". In it, Ray sings about the concept of pushing away a woman who gets too close because everyone the guy's had a relationship with always ends up leaving him and so he doesn't want to go through it all over again.
Studio album eighteen was a love ballad feast and an LP that was extremely serious...once again showing how multi-talented Ray Stevens happened to be vocally. This was his second studio album for RCA and the third studio album from 1982 was nothing to laugh at, either. In the meantime, Ray was revving up his engine vocally in the summer of 1981 as his voice was heard all over the world performing the theme song for the huge hit film, The Cannonball Run, starring Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise with an all-star supporting cast. The theme song's chorus was heard at various times throughout the film anytime there were far shots showing the progression of the auto race. Ray was also heard performing a love ballad titled "Just For the Hell of It" during a love scene. Coming up we take a look at studio album nineteen in the career of Ray Stevens...be on the lookout for it!