All These Years

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"All These Years"
SB - All These Years single cover.png
Single by Sawyer Brown
from the album Cafe on the Corner
Released November 23, 1992
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label Curb
Writer(s) Mac McAnally
Producer(s) Mark Miller
Randy Scruggs
Sawyer Brown singles chronology
"Cafe on the Corner"
"All These Years"
"Trouble on the Line"

"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 a wife having an affair, and her husband catching her in the act. Instead of getting angry at her, he blames himself for being absent and neglectful and asks her "Don't you rub it in too hard that I've been wrong."

They argue, and the wife begins to admit her own guilt in the failing marriage -- "There's some things you refuse to see; But I guess sometimes so do I." She takes account of the family they made together, and sees how much she stands to lose by cheating on the marriage.

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.

Critical reception[edit]

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"[1]

Other versions[edit]

Mac McAnally recorded it on his 1993 album Live and Learn. McAnally's version was the b-side to the album's first single, which was its title track.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

"All These Years" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of November 28, 1992.

Chart (1992-1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 42
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 40
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 73


  1. ^ Billboard, November 28, 1992
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 261. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1770." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 13, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Sawyer Brown – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Sawyer Brown.
  5. ^ "Sawyer Brown – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sawyer Brown.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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