Don't Toss Us Away

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"Don't Toss Us Away"
Single by Patty Loveless
from the album Honky Tonk Angel
B-side "I Won't Gamble With Your Love"
Released February 14, 1989
Format 7in vinyl single
Recorded 1988
Genre Country
Length 4:11
Label MCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Bryan MacLean
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Patty Loveless singles chronology
"Blue Side of Town"
"Don't Toss Us Away"
"Timber, I'm Falling in Love"
"Blue Side of Town"
"Don't Toss Us Away"
"Timber, I'm Falling in Love"
Music video
"Don't Toss Us Away" on YouTube

"Don't Toss Us Away" is a song written by Bryan MacLean and recorded by country rock band Lone Justice in 1985 on their self-titled debut album. In 1988, the song was recorded by country singer Patty Loveless, who released the song as the second single from her 1988 album, Honky Tonk Angel, in February 1989. Loveless' version reached the number five position on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in May 1989.[1]


Loveless and her brother, Roger Ramey, heard the song while driving with Tony Brown. All of them agreed it would be a good song for her to record, as the ballad fit her vocal style quite well. Maria McKee, songwriter Bryan MacLean's sister, told Loveless at the studio that she was singing/recording the song the way her brother had always intended.

Chart positions[edit]

The song charted for 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, reaching number 5 during the week of May 6, 1989.

Chart (1989) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 15
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 68


  1. ^ Whitburn (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 206. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1039." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 15, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Patty Loveless – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Patty Loveless.
  4. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.