Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind”: Concealing Love Is A Regret 1At some point in our lives, we regret, we are unable to show what truly are feelings are, what our actions should have been. In other words, we tend to conceal, instead of widely displaying our love. Perhaps this is driven by the self-assurance that the one we love will always stay no matter what. Little did we know, that person is gradually vanishing. This particular song “Always On My Mind” teaches everyone that concealing your love is an abundant mistake that will be a regret in the end.

After listening to this song, I’m pretty sure, you’ll never be the same. It will electrify your sleeping heart to the point that you’re gonna show your love like you’re gonna lose that someone.

Li’l Bit ‘Bout Always On My Mind…

The song was one of Willie Nelson’s greatest. It placed him as one of the top-selling country artists washing out other artists for their posts. As a matter of fact, the hit was a Billboard No.1 country album of the year in 1982. Additionally, it stayed a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. It peaked at No.1 for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the Billboard 200 for all albums. A huge success making it as one of the world’s greatest country love song.

Covers and Versions…

Furthermore, the song was originally recorded by Gwen McCrae followed by Brenda Lee in 1972. Since then, many artists recorded their own version including Elvis Presley in 1972, John Wesley Ryles in 1979, Pet Shop Boys in 1987, Loretta Lynn in 2016. But the most successful of them all was Willie Nelson’s rendition with a Grammy Award.

Nonetheless, without the intellect of Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James, there will be no song to remind us. Remind us to show love and not to hide.

The Decision…

In 1983, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard recorded their collaboration “Pancho and Lefty”. At this time, their producers Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons suggested that they record Johnny Christopher’s “Always on My Mind”. Haggard declined since he wasn’t interested ‘bout the song at all. Nelson, on the other hand, was attracted and recorded his version. Nelson said in his autobiography:

“We’ll never know what would have happened if Merle had really heard the song right.

“Always on My Mind” bowled me over the moment I first heard it, which is one way I pick songs to record”.

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