The Conversation

Waylon Jennings

About The Conversation

"The Conversation" is a single by American country music artists Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. Originally, the song was included on Williams Jr.'s 1979 album Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. The track was later reissued on Jennings' 1983 album Waylon and Company, which consisted almost entirely of duets, and was released as the album's second radio single. A music video was made to promote the single, a rarity for country music at the time. It was the first for Jennings and the second for Williams, with his first being "Queen of My Heart". The song was a moderately successful hit and reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. 


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Hank, let's talk about your daddy
Tell me how your mama loved that man
Well, just break out a bottle, hoss
I'll tell you bout the driftin' cowboy band

We won't talk about the habits
Just the music and the man, that's all

Now Hank, you just got to tell me
Did your daddy really write all them songs, did he
That don't deserve no answer, hoss
Let's light up and just move along

Do you think he wrote 'em about your mama
Or about the man who done her wrong, you know that

Yeah, back then they called him crazy
Nowadays they call him a saint
Now the ones that called him crazy
Are still ridin' on his name

Well, if he was here right now, Bocephus
Would he think that we were right, do you think he might
Don't you know he would Watasha
Be right here by our side

If we left for a show in Provo
He'd be the first one on the bus and ready to ride

Wherever he is I hope he's happy
You know I hope he's doin' well, yes I do
He is 'cause he's got one arm around my mama now
And he sure did love Miss Audrey and raisin' hell

I won't ask you no more questions
To the stories only Hank could tell

Back then they called him crazy
Nowadays they call him a saint
Most folks don't know that they fired him from the Opry
And that caused his greatest pain

I loved to tell you about lovesick
How Miss Audrey loved that man
You know I've always loved to listen
To the stories about that driftin' cowboy band and the man

You know when we get right down to it
Still the most wanted outlaw in the land, yeah, woh

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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 »

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13 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"The Conversation" is classified under Country Music. It is a compelling fusion of traditional country-flavored sounds blended with an edgy outlaw demeanor, which was popular in the late 70s and 80s.
Recording Date
The song was recorded and released in the year 1979.
Album Reference
It is one of the songs featured in Waylon Jennings' album, "Waylon & Willie". Although the album is a duet between Jennings and Willie Nelson, "The Conversation" is a duet between Jennings and Hank Williams Jr.
Chart Performance
The song enjoyed considerable commercial success. It climbed to the number 1 position on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Lyrics Significance
The lyrics of the song discuss the rumors regarding Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Sr.'s death. It is a sort of dialogue between Jennings and Williams' son, Hank Williams Jr.
This song is one of the several collaborations between Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. Their camaraderie and joint creative efforts are often regarded as a defining period in Country Music.
Music Video
The music video for "The Conversation" is quite popular among country music fans. It features both Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings, and is known for its simplicity and representation of their iconic friendship.
"The Conversation" was remade in 2013. The remake featured Waylon's son, Shooter Jennings, alongside Hank Williams Jr., a tribute focusing on their fathers' friendship and musical legacy.
The song was co-written by Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr., two of the biggest stars in Country Music.
Among other instruments, you can prominently hear the sounds of piano, electric and slide guitar in "The Conversation", which provide the song its signature country flavor.
Even though the song didn't win any major awards, its popularity and commercial success showcased the chemistry between Jennings and Williams Jr., providing an iconic contribution to Country Music.
Iconic Line
One of the most iconic and frequently quoted lines from the song is "There's a lot of talk going around town, that you're not wild about the song."
Relevance Today
Despite being over 40 years old, "The Conversation" continues to be played on various country music radio stations around the world, solidifying the lasting impact that Jennings and Williams Jr. have had on the genre.

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