January 4

“I Do Believe:” A Single Written by Waylon Jennings for the Highwaymen

“I Do Believe” 

Waylon Jennings is one of the best country outlaw singers, but he is also considered as one of the best songwriters, too. He proved this with his intriguing, yet well-written single “I Do Believe.” In 1995, the Highwaymen released their third studio album, The Road Goes on Forever, and it included the song written by Jennings. “I Do Believe” was not able to score a position on the chart when it was released with the album.

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Waylon Jennings’ Album

In 2006, a box set containing recordings from Jennings was released. The album Nashville Rebel included songs of Jennings from 1958 to 1994. Despite that, the album didn’t enter the chart. It received a lot of positive critics. The last single in his album was his song “I Do Believe.”

About the Song

Why is Jennings’ song “I Do Believe” intriguing? Well, he discussed his belief in God, but not in the way most people picture God. In the song, the narrator sees God as someone who will love us and is not there to solve our problems.

I do believe in a higher power

One that loves us one and all

Not someone to solve our problems

Or to catch me when I fall

In addition, he emphasized that God gave us the mind to know what is right from what is wrong, but we do think that we don’t know what is right from wrong.

He gave us all a mind to think with

And to know what’s right or wrong

He is that inner spirit

Jennings believed that spirituality is about the way you feel, instead of the religion people are turning to. What do you think? Do you agree with Jennings about God?

Cover Version

Bonnie Bramlett covered the song in 2008.

Check out the Highwaymen’s version of this finely written song by Waylon Jennings.



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