All These Years
|"All These Years"|
|Single by Sawyer Brown|
|from the album Cafe on the Corner|
|Released||November 23, 1992|
|Producer(s)||Mark Miller, Randy Scruggs|
|Sawyer Brown singles chronology|
"All These Years" is a song written by Mac McAnally, originally recorded on his 1992 album Live and Learn. It was later recorded by American country music group Sawyer Brown. It was released in November 1992 as the second single from their album Cafe on the Corner. Their version peaked at 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, in addition to being a minor AC hit, peaking at 42 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
The song opens with the story with an apparently serially unfaithful wife ("She likes adventure with security; and more than one man can provide") having an affair, and her husband catching her in a tryst ("She planned adventure feeling sure that he; Would not be home ‘til after five.") Frustrated at the betrayal, he tells her he's been responsible and has been working hard to provide, despite their issues ("And I'm still here, until I'm gone.") He frustratingly realizes he can't trust her: "Don't you rub it in too hard that I've been wrong."
They argue, with the wife beginning defensively ("You're not the man you used to be") to which he snaps back "Neither is this guy." She admits her role in the couple's issues ("There's some things you refuse to see; But I guess sometimes so do I.") She takes account of the family they made together ("I made your supper and your daughter and your son,") and sees how much she stands to lose ("Still I'm here, and still confused; But I can finally see how much I stand to lose.")
The repeat of the final refrain, "I'm still here and so confused; But I can finally see how much I stand to lose; All these years," attributed to neither the husband nor wife, indicates that both have seen what they have to lose, but are confused at the way forward.
Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it "a downer, but effectively presented for a dreary breakup number." He goes on to says that the positive is that listeners feel like there was a "meeting of the minds".
"All These Years" debuted at number 72 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of November 28, 1992.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||2|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||42|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||3|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||40|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||73|
- Billboard, November 28, 1992
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- "Sawyer Brown Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
- "Sawyer Brown Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.