Waylon Jennings

About Amanda

"Amanda" is a 1973 song written by Bob McDill and recorded by both Don Williams (1973) and Waylon Jennings (1974). "Amanda" was Waylon Jennings's eighth solo number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for three weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. As recorded by Jennings, "Amanda" had been a track on his 1974 album The Ramblin' Man, but was not released as a single at that time; two other tracks, "I'm a Ramblin' Man" and "Rainy Day Woman," were. More than 4½ years later, new overdubs were added to the original track and placed on his first greatest hits album. In April 1979 the song was issued as a single, and it soon became one of the biggest country hits of 1979. 


 Struggling with Amanda? Become a better singer in 30 days with these videos!

I've held it all inward, God knows, I've tried,
But it's an awful awakening in a country boy's life,
To look in the mirror in total surprise.
At the hair on my shoulders and the age in my eyes. 

Amanda, light of my life.
Fate should have made you a gentleman's wife.
Amanda, light of my life. 
Fate should have made you a gentleman's wife.

It's a measure of people who don't understand,
The pleasures of life in a hillbilly band.
I got my first guitar when I was fourteen, 
Well I finally made forty, still wearing jeans.

Amanda, light of my life.
Fate should have made you a gentleman's wife.
Amanda, light of my life. 
Fate should have made you a gentleman's wife.

 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer

Waylon Jennings

Waylon Arnold Jennings (pronounced /ˈweɪlən ˈdʒɪnɪnz/; June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at eight and began performing at twelve on KVOW radio. He formed a band, The Texas Longhorns. Jennings worked as a D.J. on KVOW, KDAV, KYTI and KLLL. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings' first recording session, of "Jolie Blon" and "When Sin Stops (Love Begins)". Holly hired him to play bass. During the "Winter Dance Party Tour," in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a plane to arrive at the next venue. Jennings gave up his seat in the plane to J. P. Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. The flight that carried Holly, Richardson and Ritchie Valens crashed, on the day late… more »

10 fans

Written by: Robert Lee McDill

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Amanda" is a song composed by the legendary Bob McDill.
Popular Artists
Both Don Williams and Waylon Jennings sang separate renditions of this song, with Jennings' version becoming more popular.
Chart Performance I
Don Williams' version of Amanda was originally released in 1973 on his album "Volume III". However, it was later released as a single in 1979 and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard's Hot Country Singles.
Chart performance II
Waylon Jennings' version of the song was featured on his 1974 album "The Ramblin' Man". In 1979, it peaked at number 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart when it was released as a single.
Lyrics Theme
The song Amanda is about a man and his regrets on a journey into manhood in the context of his relationship with a woman named Amanda.
Notable Covers
Other country artists, including Johnny Cash and Chris Stapleton, have also covered this enduring hit song.
Special Recognition
Waylon Jennings' rendition of "Amanda" is listed at rank 57 on Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time".
Multi-Chart Hit
The song's enduring popularity meant that it was a hit on the charts multiple times, with Don Williams' release in 1973, Waylon Jennings' release in 1974, and again with Don Williams in 1979.
Grammy Nomination
Waylon Jennings' version of the song received a nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards.
Memorable Line
The famous opening line of the song: "I've held it all inward, God knows, I've tried" has become one of the most recognized and loved lines in country music.

Discuss the Amanda Lyrics with the community:



    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:


    "Amanda Lyrics." STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 22 Apr. 2024. <>.

    Missing lyrics by Waylon Jennings?

    Know any other songs by Waylon Jennings? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video


    4,876     0



    Are you a music master?

    Raissa Anggiani: "If you don't need me to, I'll be ______ ___"
    A Missing you
    B Watching you
    C Losing you
    D Seeing you

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Don't miss Waylon Jennings's

    Upcoming Events

    Waylon Jennings tracks

    On Radio Right Now


    Powered by

    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!