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George Jones and Tammy Wynette performs "Take Me"live video on Hee Haw.

George Jones and Tammy Wynette performs "Take Me"live video on Hee Haw.

"Take Me" is a song written by George Jones and Leon Payne. Jones originally released the song on the Musicor label in 1966 and scored a No. 8 hit. However, the song is best remembered for being the first single release by Jones and his third wife Tammy Wynette in 1971 on Epic Records. That version was also a top ten hit, peaking at No. 9.

Jones wrote "Take Me" with Leon Payne, who is perhaps best known for his hits "I Love You Because", "You've Still Got a Place in My Heart", and for the two songs of his Hank Williams recorded: "Lost Highway" and "They'll Never Take Her Love from Me". Jones would release an LP of Payne songs himself in 1971. The original version of "Take Me", a love song espousing optimism and unwavering devotion, actually sounded very much like a pop song for the time, featuring a prominent, lilting acoustic guitar. During the song, Jones makes more than a half dozen syllables out of the word "loss," in what would become a much imitated (and parodied) singing style. In his autobiography I Lived to Tell It All, Jones recalled, "When I was at Musicor, I might record an entire album in three hours, a practice that violated the musician's union's rules. I'd go through one take...Yet I recorded some of my biggest songs in that casual fashion, including 'Take Me'..."

George Jones and Tammy Wynette - Take me lyrics

 

Take me, take me to your darkest room

Close every window and bolt every door

The very first moment I heard your voice

I'd be in darkness no more.

 

Take me to your most barren desert

A thousand miles from the nearest sea

The very moment I saw your smile

It would be like heaven to me.

 

There's not any mountain to rocky to climb

No desert too barren to cross

Darlin', if you would just show a sign of love

I could bear any loss.

 

Take me to Siberia

And the coldest weather of the winter time

And it would be just like spring in California

As long as I knew you were mine

 

There's not any mountain to rugged to climb

No desert too barren to cross

Darlin', if you would just show a sign of love

I could bear any loss...



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