In 1995, country supergroup The Highwaymen released “I Do Believe” off their album The Road Goes on Forever. The song was written by Waylon Jennings, who also provided lead vocals on the track.
The soul-stirring tune derides conventional religious beliefs, including the idea of Heaven and Hell – at the same time, affirms a religious principle wherein one must “live life to the fullest.” Jennings noted that “I Do Believe” describes what most people in this world are turning into now as a mark of respect for religion. Spirituality is how you feel.
“In my own way, I’m a believer. In my own way, right or wrong. I don’t talk too much about it. It’s something I keep working on,” he sings.
The Song Was Highly Praised For Being Thought-Provoking
While “I Do Believe” did not achieve much success commercially, it is considered one of Waylon Jennings‘ finest compositions. It was highly praised by music critics, describing it as “thought-provoking” and showed the country legend at his best.
“It wasn’t a hit, but it’s a good song. Most people who have heard it feel the same way,” Jennings said.
In 2006, Jennings released a massive box set called Nashville Rebel, which was composed of ninety-two songs recorded between the 1950s and 1990s – with selections from the majority of the country icon’s recording career. Indeed, it was the most comprehensive retrospective collection ever. It includes Jennings’ rendition of “I Do Believe,” which stood out among the rest.
Other Waylon Jennings songs found on Nashville Rebel are “That’s the Chance I’ll Have to Take,” “I’ve Always Been Crazy,” “I’m a Ramblin’ Man,” “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” and “Good Hearted Woman.”
Anyway, make sure to listen to Waylon Jennings’ “I Do Believe” by playing the video below.