Country Music

Waylon Jennings – Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) (from Nashville Rebel)

“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” is a song recorded by American country music artist Waylon Jennings. It was released in April 1977 as the first single from the album Ol’ Waylon. It was written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons.

The song refers to a couple whose position in “high society” has placed strains on their marriage (“this successful life we’re livin’ got us feudin’ like the Hatfields and McCoys”) and finances (“four-car garage, and we’re still buildin’ on”). Jennings suggests that the couple return to “the basics of love” and relocate to the small town of Luckenbach, Texas.

The only two things in life that make it worth livin’
Is guitars that tune good and firm feelin’ women
I don’t need my name in the marquee lights
I got my song and I got you with me tonight
Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love

References in the song include the Hatfields and McCoys, Hank Williams, Mickey Newbury, Jerry Jeff Walker, and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”

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