April 29

Don Williams’ 1980’s Inspirational Hit “I Believe in You”


When you are down and out, listen to Don Williams‘ song “I Believe in You.” The song was penned by British songwriter Roger Cook, who wrote it with Sam Hogin.

Interesting fact, Roger Cook is the only British person to ever enter the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. And Sam Hogin co-wrote Lonestar‘s “No News” and Joe Diffie’s “The Quittin’ Kind.” With these two collaborating, we’d only get the best of the best and that is what made “I Believe in You” a classic hit.

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Don Williams’ Hit song “I Believe in You”

The song was released back in 1980. This was under his album I Believe in You. It was the Don William’s 11th number 1 hit on the country chart. But, it is important to note that the song also has a global audience.

In an interview with the Tennessean, the writer said this:

“A lot of the lyrical images were dumb.”

Instead of the line the rising costs of getting high, it was changed into the rising costs of getting by. This was, of course, to make more sense with the song.

When it was pitched to Don Williams, he immediately loved the demo. In fact, he insisted on not changing anything and even ask for the original guitarist to do the recording.

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Lyrics Breakdown

But I believe in love
I believe in babies
I believe in mom and dad
And I believe in you

Prior to this part, the singer indicated a lot of things that he did not believe in. He does not believe in Superstars, organic food, the price of gold, or growing old. But when it comes to matters that are important to him, he believes in it.

What we can take from this song is that we all have our personal references. We may argue and fight about each other’s differences but this is our own thoughts and opinions.

Now for important things in the world such as love, family, friends, and the like… there should be at least a common ground. These are things that actually matter to us as a whole so there shouldn’t be any arguments.

“I Believe in You” is a song that wants to promote the power of love. That at the end of the day, unconditional love is all we need.

Listen to the song by clicking here:


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