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Here’s Why “You Ask Me To” by Waylon Jennings is a Signature Song

Waylon Jennings + You Ask Me To
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Billy Joe Shaver and Waylon Jennings wrote “You Ask Me To,” which was originally recorded for Honky Tonk Heroes (1973) by Jennings. As soon as it was launched, the song was on the Billboard Country Singles charts for fifteen weeks, peaking at the number eight spot. 

After four years, Shaver recorded a version of his own in 1979 with a slight difference in the title. Instead of the present tense, Shaver went with the past tense title of the song, “You Asked Me To” for his album Gypsy Boy. Willie Nelson was a special guest on the album, playing vocals and guitar. 

Elvis Presley was one of the most famous country singers who rendered their take on the song for his album “Promised Land” (1975). The track was recorded in Memphis and was released on Presley’s 40th birthday. 

Meaning of the Song

“You Ask Me To” is Waylon Jennings’s signature song because of its emotional depth, outlaw country anthem, and influence on country music fans. The lyrics of the song is heartfelt, and Waylon’s delivery is emotional, making it resonate with the audience deeply. 

The song’s themes include loyalty, love, and commitment, central to Jennings’s persona. As the song is sung, you can visualize the persona’s willingness to do everything the beloved asks. The song’s central theme dwells on the idea of love, that it is not about what you get from the other but what you can give. Here, we see that love is giving and selfless – two things evident in several of Waylon Jennings’ songs

Watch the iconic video of Waylon Jennings performing “You Ask Me To” below. 

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