April 26

Waylon Jennings’ “We Had It All” Reminisces Past Memories


Written by Troy Seals and Donnie Fritts, this Waylon Jennings hit sure talked about the happy memories that ex-lovers have. Although it is common nowadays to sing about having a broken heart, the writers knew that happy memories can still be made.

This song “We Had it All” talks about remembering all the good things that happened with your past lovers.

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via Screen frame from Youtube

Different Versions of Waylon Jennings’ Hit

Here are the few of the famous people who covered the song: Dobie Gray, Rita Coolidge, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. In addition, Elvis Presley also had the chance to cover the song. But guess what? He did not finish it because the song reminded him of the heart-breaking separation with his wife, Priscilla.

The Rolling Stone‘s cover was also remarkable with the help of the lead vocalist, Keith Richard. Keith had this to say:

“It’s a Dobie Gray song that we’ve always loved, and I actually had forgotten we had recorded it. I had also forgotten how good it was and how much I like it…. It’s a perennial, you know what I mean? One of those songs you sort of warm up in the loins with, you know?”

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Photo credit: Waylon Jennings/Official Facebook Page

Lyrics Breakdown

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

We can already see the longing in the lyrics. This is the type of song that makes you want to accept that everything is over and the only thing that you can do is to be happy for that person.

Whether both of you are moving on to something better, you will always know deep in your heart that you have shared a lot of happy memories together. And you will be happy with each other once they have found their true happiness in life.

This is the type of songs that we should draw our inspiration to. Being happy for someone indicates maturity and a level of understanding that is a commendable trait in a person. Kudos to the songwriters for the message that this song brought.

To listen to the song, click here:


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