August 7

Before Tina Turner, ‘We Had it All’ is an Underrated Waylon Jennings’ Song

Tina Turner certainly tried her luck channeling to Country when she debuted her ‘Tina Turns the Country On’ but let us not forget that Waylon Jennings was the first to sing a song of two drifted lovers reminiscing their happy memories in ‘We Had It All.’

Listen to Waylon Jennings’ original version here and prepare to have your hearts broken:


‘We Had It All’ Lyrics

I can hear the wind a-blowing in my mind
Just the way it used to sound through the Georgia pines
And you were there to answer when I called
You and me we had it all.

Remember how I used to touch your hair
While reaching for the feeling that was always there
You were the best thing in my life I can recall
You and me we had it all.

I know that we can never live those times again
So I let my dreams take me back to where we have been
Then I’ll stay with you girl as long as I can
Oh, it was so good, oh, it was so good

Oh, it was so good when I was your man.

I’ll never stop believing in your smile
Even though you didn’t stay it was all worth while
You were the best thing in my life I can recall
You and me we had it all.

You and me we had it all…

We Had It All, Waylon Jennings; Various Artists

Waylon Jennings sing We Had It All

Penned by Troy Seals and Donnie Fritts, ‘We Had It All’ was recorded by Waylon Jennings on his album called Honky Tonk Heroes. Commercially, it only peaked on the 28th spot on US Billboard Hot Country Singles.

Several other country artists fell in love with this song like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Conway Twitty who had their share of covering the said song. As mentioned, Tina Turner who also tried her luck on the song was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance a year after the song was released and covered.

For the sake of comparison, here’s Tina Turner singing the song:



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