What a Way to Live

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What a Way to Live
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Studio album by Mark Chesnutt
Released September 13, 1994 (1994-09-13)
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Country
Length 33:25
Label Decca
Producer Mark Wright
Mark Chesnutt chronology
Almost Goodbye
(1993)Almost Goodbye1993
What a Way to Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

What a Way to Live is the fifth studio album released by American country music artist Mark Chesnutt. His first album for Decca Records, it earned RIAA gold certification in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies. The tracks "She Dreams", "Goin' Through the Big D", "Gonna Get a Life", and "Down in Tennessee" were all released as singles, peaking at #6, #2, #1, and #23, respectively, on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. "She Dreams" was co-written and originally recorded by Tim Mensy on his 1992 album This Ol' Heart, from which it was released as a single, peaking at #74 on the country charts that year. Mark duets with Waylon Jennings on the track "Rainy Day Woman" which Jennings first recorded on his 1974 album The Ramblin' Man.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What a Way to Live" (Willie Nelson, Hank Craig) - 2:40
  2. "Live a Little" (Roger Springer, Tony Martin) - 2:46
  3. "She Dreams" (Tim Mensy, Gary Harrison) - 3:43
  4. "Goin' Through the Big D" (Mark Wright, Ronnie Rogers, John Wright) - 2:34
  5. "Down in Tennessee" (Wayland Holyfield) - 3:21
  6. "Gonna Get a Life" (Frank Dycus, Jim Lauderdale) - 3:43
  7. "It's Almost Like You're Here" (Charles Quillen, John Priestley, Jonathan Clift) - 3:34
  8. "Rainy Day Woman" (Waylon Jennings) - 3:51
  9. "This Side of the Door" (Mensy, Shawn Camp) - 3:23
  10. "Half of Everything (And All of My Heart)" (David Lott, Glenn Gordon, Chesnutt) - 3:50


Background Vocals: Curtis "Mr. Harmony" Young, John Wesley Ryles, Bergen White, Jana King, Lisa Silver, Dennis Wilson, Cindy Walker, Tom Flora, Chris Harris, Matt Kaminski, Ann Wright, Kim Rogers.

Strings by the Nashville String Machine, conducted by Carl Gorodetzky and arranged by Bergen White.


Recording Engineers

  • Warren Peterson
  • Robert Charles
  • King Williams
  • Larry Jeffries


Master Editor

  • Glenn Meadows

Production Coordinator

  • Joe Johnston

Art Direction/Design

  • Simon Levy


Hair & Make-up

  • Lucy Santamassino

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 15
U.S. Billboard 200 98


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. What a Way to Live at AllMusic