I Love

Tom T. Hall

About I Love

"I Love" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Tom T. Hall. It was released in October 1973 as the only single from the album, For the People in the Last Hard Town. The song would be Hall's most successful single and was his fourth number one on the US country singles chart. The single spent two weeks at the top and a total of 15 weeks on the chart. "I Love" was Hall's only entry on the Top 40 peaking at number 12.


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I love little baby ducks, old pickup trucks
Slow-movin' trains and rain
I love little country streams, sleep without dreams
Sunday school in May and hay
And I love you, too

I love leaves in the wind, pictures of my friends
Birds of the world and squirrels
I love coffee in a cup, little fuzzy pups
Bourbon in a glass and grass
And I love you, too

I love honest, open smiles, kisses from a child
Tomatoes on the vine and onions
I love winners when they cry, losers when they cry
Music when it's good and life
And I love you, too.

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Tom T. Hall

Thomas "Tom T." Hall (born May 25, 1936, in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is a retired American country music singer-songwriter. He has written 11 No. 1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the No. 1 international pop crossover smash "Harper Valley PTA" and the hit "I Love", which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He became known to fans as "The Storyteller," thanks to his storytelling skills in his songwriting. more »

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Written by: TOM HALL, TOM T. HALL

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12 facts about this song

Song Release
"I Love" by Tom T. Hall was released in 1973 under the album "For the People in the Last Hard Town."
Chart Success
The song became incredibly successful, topping the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in November 1973.
Inspiration Behind the Song
Hall wrote the song after his niece came to visit and shared all the things she loved. Inspired, he transformed this concept into a song.
The Message
The song reflects simple joys in life, accentuating love towards everyday things such as rain and babies crying.
Cover Versions
Several artists, notably including Alan Jackson, have covered the song. Alan Jackson's version reached number 12 on the country charts as part of the compilation "Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles."
Songwriting Accolade
Tom T. Hall was commonly known as "The Storyteller" due to his knack for literary songwriting, as reflected in "I Love."
Book Inspiration
Hall's song later inspired a children's book of the same name in 1977. The book included Hall's song lyrics accompanied by illustrations.
Television Appearance
The heartfelt song was featured on "Sesame Street," a widely popular children's program, increasing its appeal.
Pop Culture Impact
"I Love" is known for its uniquely positive vibes. It is often played on the radio during holidays, especially on Valentine's Day, thanks to its overarching theme of love.
Career Impact
The song is one of Hall's most recognizable tracks and is credited with introducing him to a broader audience.
Live Performances
This song was frequently part of Hall's live performance repertoire, usually provoking a warm response from the audience.
Global Reception
Although the song became a major hit in America, it also gained popularity in several other countries, illustrating Hall's international acclaim.

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