Johnny Paycheck & the Wilburn Brothers – (Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got

The first concert i ever saw was ole Johnny about 1978.My uncle took me and my cousin out to B.I.R..Birmingham International Raceway to watch the races.After the races ole Johnny put on a concert. Johnny, my uncle and cousin have all since passed on.I will never forget that night.

“She’s All I Got” is a song written by Gary U.S. Bonds and Jerry Williams Jr.. It has been recorded by several artists. The first version, released in 1971 by Freddie North, was a Top 40 U.S. pop hit, and a version by Johnny Paycheck was a number 2 U.S. country hit that same year. A second country music version was released on Conway Twitty’s 1972 Decca LP I Can’t See Me Without You. There was also a version titled “He’s All I Got” that was on Tanya Tucker’s 1972 album Delta Dawn. Yet another cover titled “Don’t Take Her She’s All I’ve Got” was released by Tracy Byrd, whose version reached number 4 on the U.S. and Canadian country singles charts. Co-author Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg, released his own version on his 2020 album Sorry You Couldn’t Make It.

In the song, the male narrator pleads to someone else not to take away his lover.

Johnny Paycheck’s version was released in October 1971 from his album of the same name. The song spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart, reaching a peak of number 2. It was also a number 91 single on the Billboard Hot 100, his only entry there.

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Well I said, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
Please don’t take her love away from me
I’m beggin’ you, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
She’s everything in life I’ll ever need
She is life when I want to live
She’s everything to me in life that life can give
She’s my water when I need a drink
She’s the first thought in my mind
Each time I try to think
Let me tell you now, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
Please don’t take her love away from me
I’m beggin’ you, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
She’s everything in life I’ll ever need
She’s my fingers when I want to feel
She’s the only thing in life to me that’s really real
She is love, she’s all the love I know
She could kiss the ground in wintertime
And make a flower grow
Let me tell you now, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
Please don’t take her love away from me
I’m beggin’ you, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
She’s everything in life I’ll ever need
Let me tell you now, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
Well I said, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got
I’m beggin’ you, friend
Don’t take her, she’s all I’ve got

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