About the song

Ah, Conway Twitty – a name synonymous with smooth baritone vocals, heartfelt storytelling, and a career that spanned over four decades. But tonight, we’re turning our attention to a specific gem in Twitty’s vast repertoire: A’Huggin’ And A’Kissin’. Released in 1958, this song captures the simple yet profound joy of romantic commitment with a down-home charm that’s as timeless as ever.

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Now, for those unfamiliar with Twitty’s early work, it’s important to understand the musical landscape of the late 1950s. Rock and roll was beginning its meteoric rise, challenging the dominance of country music. Yet, artists like Twitty, along with fellow legends like Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, held onto the core values of country – a focus on relatable stories, strong melodies, and the emotional complexities of everyday life.

A’Huggin’ And A’Kissin’ exemplifies this perfectly. The song opens with a gentle guitar strumming a familiar chord progression, instantly transporting us to a porch swing on a warm summer night. Twitty’s voice, rich and smooth, then enters with the opening line: “I gotta have your huggin’ and a’kissin’.” It’s a declaration, yes, but not one of fiery passion. It’s a man realizing what he’s been missing – the simple intimacy of a loving touch.

The lyrics paint a picture of a newfound commitment. The narrator reflects on lonely nights spent without his sweetheart, nights devoid of “a huggin’ and a kissin’.” But something has changed. “Last night we did our hearts command,” he sings, “We went to see the preacher man.” This simple line tells a powerful story. Marriage, in this context, isn’t just a formality; it’s a validation of their love, a step towards a life filled with shared tenderness.

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The song isn’t all about nostalgia, though. The future holds a bright promise. “The sun was shinin’, the whole world had a silver lining,” Twitty croons. Marriage, for him, isn’t just about companionship; it’s a source of optimism, a belief that life will be better together.

A’Huggin’ And A’Kissin’ may not be one of Twitty’s biggest hits, but it’s a song that resonates with anyone who’s ever found comfort and joy in a loving relationship. It’s a reminder that happiness often lies in the simple things – a warm embrace, a tender kiss, and the shared promise of a future built on love. So, sit back, relax, and let Conway Twitty’s smooth vocals transport you to a simpler time, where a hug and a kiss held the power to light up the whole world.

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Lyrics

“A Huggin’ And A Kissin'”

Didn’t know what I was missin’
All those nights of a huggin’ and a kissin’
Making love on a night in June
Looking at the stars around the silvery moon.

Next day the sun was shinin’
The whole world had a silver linin’
The moonlight so alone and blue,
No more nights making love without you.

Last night we did our hearts command
We went to see the preacher man
Now I know what I’ve been missin’
Too many nights without a huggin’ and a kissin’.

All around town it’s been told
Now you wear a band of gold
If that’s the way it was meant to be,
Before you and you for me, aww.

Last night we did our hearts command
We went to see the preacher man
Now I know what I’ve been missin’
Too many nights without a huggin’ and a kissin’.

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All around town it’s been told
Now you wear a band of gold
If that’s the way it was meant to be,
Before you and you for me, oh.

I need your huggin’ and kissin’,
I gotta have your huggin’ and kissin’.

Got to have your huggin’ and kissin’,
Oh baby, I need your (huggin’ and kissin’)…