Always on My Mind (album)

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Always on My Mind
Studio album by Willie Nelson
Released February 1982
Genre Country, Pop, Rock and Roll
Length 33:29
Label Columbia
Producer Chips Moman
Willie Nelson chronology
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Always on My Mind
The Winning Hand
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Always on My Mind is the twenty-sixth studio album by country singer Willie Nelson. It was the Billboard number one country album of the year for 1982, and stayed 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, peaking at number one for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the Billboard 200 for all albums, peaking at number two for 3 weeks.

Background and Recording[edit]

During the recording sessions for Nelson's collaboration album with Merle Haggard, Pancho & Lefty, the producer Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons suggested that they record Johnny Christopher's "Always on My Mind".[2] Haggard had no interest in recording a version of the song for the album, so instead Nelson recorded his own version—the first for the album entitled Always on My Mind. In his autobiography, Nelson stated: "We'll never know what would have happened if Merle had really heard the song right. 'Always on My Mind' bowled me over the moment I first heard it, which is one way I pick songs to record".[3]

The rest of the album was constituted by adult-contemporary and pop standards, such as "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water",[4] as well as re-recordings of his own songs including "Permanently Lonely" (originally recorded for 1969's Good Times LP) and "The Party's Over" (originally recorded for The Party's Over released in 1967).

A 2003 re-release of the album included two bonus tracks: "The Man Who Owes Everyone" and "I'm a Memory" (another re-recording of an earlier release).

Track listing[edit]

  1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (Chips Moman, Dan Penn) – 2:58
  2. Always on My Mind” (Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson Thompson) – 3:34
  3. A Whiter Shade of Pale” (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher) – 4:01
  4. Let It Be Me” (Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë, Gilbert Bécaud) – 3:33
  5. “Staring Each Other Down” (Chips Moman, Bobby Emmons) – 2:16
  6. Bridge over Troubled Water” (Paul Simon) – 4:39
  7. “Old Fords and a Natural Stone” (Bobby Emmons, Chips Moman) – 2:33
  8. “Permanently Lonely” (Willie Nelson) – 2:41
  9. Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” (Gary P. Nunn, Donna Sioux Farar) – 4:22
  10. The Party’s Over” (Willie Nelson) – 2:52

2003 re-release bonus tracks[edit]

  1. “The Man Who Owes Everyone” (Dave Anderson, Willie Nelson) – 3:16
  2. “I'm a Memory” (Willie Nelson) – 2:42


  • Virginia Team - art direction
  • Beverly Parker - photography


Chart performance[edit]

1982 Weekly Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 2
Canadian RPM Top Albums 20
Dutch Albums Chart 28
Australian Albums Chart 60

End of year charts[edit]

1982 Year-end Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Country Album 1
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 7
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 26
Canadian RPM Top Albums 96


  1. ^ Always on My Mind at AllMusic
  2. ^ Jones, Roben 2010, p. 337.
  3. ^ Nelson, Willie; Shrake, Bud; Shrake, Edwin 2000, p. 145.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Always on My Mind". Alllmusic. Rovi Corporation. 
  5. ^


  • Jones, Roben (2010). Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-60473-401-0. 
  • Nelson, Willie; Shrake, Bud; Shrake, Edwin (2000). Willie: An Autobiography. Cooper Square Press. ISBN 978-0-8154-1080-5.