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Waylon Jennings - Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)

Reached the number # 1 on the lists of U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles, for six weeks, and remained 18 weeks on the charts. He also reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, for three consecutive weeks. The song was included in Waylon’s twenty- four studio album, Ol ‘Waylon (RCA 1977)

Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)

Song written by Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman, was recorded by Waylon Jennings for the RCA label, the song was recorded on January 7, 1977, at American Studios, 1111 17th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, Waylon was accompanied in the recording by: Waylon Jennings (vocals and guitar), Reggie Young (guitar), Johnny Christopher (guitar), Gordon Payne (guitar), Rance Wasson (guitar), Ralph Mooney (steel & dobro), Sherman Hayes (bass), Ritchie Albright (drums), Clifford Robertson (keyboards) and Willie. With the production of Chips Moman, the song was released on April 11, 1977, on May 21, 1977, reached the number # 1 on the lists of U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles, for six weeks, and remained 18 weeks on the charts. On June 18, 1977, he also reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, for three consecutive weeks. It was the fourth number one in the Waylon race.

 

The song was included in Waylon’s twenty- four studio album, Ol ‘Waylon (RCA 1977), the album was released in April 1977, and June 4, 1977, it reached number # 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. The album was certified platinum in the USA, and gold in Canada.

About the song:

The composers who knew Waylon Jennings well knew that the best way to interest him in one of his songs was to use a bit of psychology about him saying: “Here is a song that you can not do, but I would like you to listen to it, auque do not like it, we’re interested in your opinion. Most of the time, Waylon took the bait and decided at that moment to make the song his own.

Chips Moman, use this method, to present the song to Waylon, However, Moman really felt that Waylon might not want to record it because the lyrics mentioned him by name, but Jennings had no problems with the references of the song and wanted to record it for his album Ol Waylon.

While Waylon was in the studios recording the song, “Luckenbach, Texas,” Nelson went by without any particular reason. Jennings saw it and said: “Hey, come here and sing with me about this.” Then, Willie ended up adding his voice to the last verse, providing a couple of lyrical alterations in the process.

 

Suddenly, the small town of Luckenbach was besieged by network reporters and camera crews. Reportedly, more than a hundred city limits signs have been stolen from the city since Waylon’s famous album first came on the airwaves in 1977. Twenty years later, at the end of his career, Jennings finally made an appearance in Luckenbach for the first time, performing a Concert there on July 4, 1997.

Some Versions

 

John Rowles 1978 (EMI New Zeland)

Boyce & Kramer 1978 (Frog Records)

Tommy Cash 1982 (51 West)

Roy Drusky 1982 (Brylen Records

Billy Cole Reed 1982 (Phonorama)

Radney Foster & Roger Creager 2003 (Dualtone)

Adam Harvey 2013 (Sony Music)

 

and some more …

Miquel Batlle Garriga
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Waylon Jennings – Luckenbach, Texas Lyrics

 

The only two things in life

That make it worth livin’

Is guitars to tune good

And firm feelin’ women

 

I don’t need my name in the marquis lights

I got my song and I got you with me tonight

Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love

 

Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas

With Waylon and Willie and the boys

This successful life we’re livin’

Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys

 

Between Hank Williams pain songs

And Newbury’s train songs

And blue eyes cryin’ in the rain

Out in Luckenbach, Texas

Ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

 

So baby let’s sell your diamond ring

Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away

This coat and tie is choking me

In your high society you cry all day

 

We’ve been so busy

Keepin’ up with the Jones

Four car garage and we’re still building on

Maybe it’s time we got

Back to the basics of love

 

Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas

With Waylon and Willie and the boys

This successful life we’re livin’

Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys

 

Between Hank Williams pain songs

And Newbury’s train songs

And blue eyes cryin’ in the rain

Out in Luckenbach, Texas

Ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain

 

Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas

With Willie and Waylon and the boys

This successful life we’re livin’

Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys

 

Between Hank Williams pain songs

And Jerry Jeff’s train songs

And blue eyes cryin’ in the rain

Out in Luckenbach, Texas

There ain’t nobody feelin’ no pain



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