We Only Make Believe

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We Only Make Believe
Loretta Lynn-We Only Make Believe.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1971
RecordedNov. 9—Nov. 11, 1970
StudioBradley's Barn, Mount Juliet, TN
ProducerOwen Bradley
Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn chronology
We Only Make Believe
Lead Me On
Conway Twitty chronology
We Only Make Believe
How Much More Can She Stand
Loretta Lynn chronology
Coal Miner's Daughter
We Only Make Believe
I Wanna Be Free
Singles from We Only Make Believe
  1. "After the Fire Is Gone"
    Released: January 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

We Only Make Believe is the first studio album by American country music duo Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. It was released on February 8, 1971, by Decca Records.[2]

This was the first of ten albums Twitty and Lynn would release annually until 1981. The album's first track is a cover of Twitty's solo hit "It's Only Make Believe", which Twitty co-wrote with Jack Nance. Lynn wrote two tracks for the album, "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry" and "We Closed Our Eyes to Shame". "I'm So Used to Loving You", another of Twitty's compositions, also appears on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard magazine's review of the album in the issue dated February 20, 1971, said, ""After the Fire Is Gone" on this LP is the hit, but Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn reveal that they've established themselves as a major country duo. Standout tunes include "It's Only Make Believe" and a very sparkling "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries" that has definite hit appeal. Good LP. Bound to sell big."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country LP's chart and No. 78 on the US Billboard Top LP's, the duo's highest-charting album on that chart. The album was also certified Gold by the RIAA. The first and only single from the album, "After the Fire Is Gone" went to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and also charted at No. 56 on the US Billboard 'Hot 100 chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."It's Only Make Believe"Jack Nance, Conway TwittyNovember 9, 19702:35
2."We've Closed Our Eyes to Shame"Loretta LynnNovember 9, 19702:23
3."I'm So Used to Loving You"Conway TwittyNovember 10, 19702:45
4."Will You Visit Me on Sunday?"Dallas FrazierNovember 9, 19702:50
5."After the Fire Is Gone"L.E. WhiteNovember 9, 19702:37
6."Don't Tell Me You're Sorry"Loretta LynnNovember 11, 19702:24
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries"Robert McRee, Ed Thomas, Cliff ThomasNovember 11, 19702:33
2."Take Me"Leon PayneNovember 11, 19702:50
3."The One I Can't Live Without"James Perry Pulliam, Frances RhodesNovember 11, 19702:45
4."Hangin' On"Ira Allen, Billy MizeNovember 10, 19702:37
5."Working Girl"Wes BuchananNovember 10, 19702:56



Year Chart Peak
1971 US Hot Country LP's (Billboard) 3[4]
US Top LP's (Billboard) 78[5]


Year Single Chart Peak
1971 "After the Fire Is Gone" US Hot Country Singles (Billboard) 1[6]
US Hot 100 (Billboard) 56[7]


  1. ^ We Only Make Believe at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty* - We Only Make Believe". Discogs.
  3. ^ "Billboard Magazine - February 20, 1971" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Loretta Lynn Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2018.