About the song

Ah, Conway Twitty. A legend in the world of country music. Now, when you think of Twitty, songs like “It’s Only Make Believe” or the duet masterpiece “Hello Darlin'” might come to mind. But today, we’re setting our sights on a slightly different gem – a song that showcases Twitty’s smooth baritone and a touch of vulnerability: “You’ve Never Been This Far Before.”

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Released in 1973, this track wasn’t just another hit for Twitty. It became a defining moment in his career. “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” was the title track of his album of the same name, and it marked a turning point in his sound. While Twitty was already a successful country artist by this point, the song had a certain pop sensibility that helped it crossover and reach a wider audience. According to Wikipedia, it became Twitty’s only song to reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 22.

This crossover success wasn’t just about catchy melodies though. “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” taps into a very real emotional current – the exhilarating uncertainty of new love. The song is sung from the perspective of a man deeply smitten, but also a tad apprehensive. He’s completely enthralled by this woman, by the intensity of their connection, but a flicker of doubt creeps in. “Have you no way of knowing?” he sings, “But tonight will only make me love you more.” There’s a beautiful tension in those lines, a declaration of devotion laced with a plea for reassurance.

Twitty’s masterful delivery elevates the song further. His deep, rich voice effortlessly conveys both the passion and the underlying nervousness. The arrangement is simple yet effective, with a gentle acoustic guitar strumming and tasteful piano flourishes creating a warm and intimate atmosphere. It’s a perfect backdrop for Twitty’s storytelling, allowing the emotional core of the song to shine through.

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“You’ve Never Been This Far Before” is more than just a country love song. It’s a testament to Twitty’s ability to connect with listeners on a deeper level. It captures that intoxicating, sometimes scary feeling of falling headfirst into something new and wonderful. So, put on your favorite pair of boots, pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, and let Conway Twitty whisk you away with this timeless classic.

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Lyrics

“You’ve Never Been This Far Before”

I can almost hear the stillness
as it yields to the sound of your heart beating
and I can almost hear the echo
of the thoughts that I know you must be thinking
and I can feel your body tremble
as you wonder what this moment holds in store
and as I put my arms around you
I can tell you’ve never been this far before

I don’t know what I’m saying
as my trembling fingers touch forbidden places
I only know that I have waited
for so long for the chance that we are taking
I don’t know and I don’t care
what made you tell him you don’t love him anymore
and as I taste your tender kisses
I can tell you’ve never been this far before

and as I take the love you’re giving
I can feel the tension building in your mind
and you’re wondering if tomorrow
I’ll still love you like I’m loving you tonight
you have no way of knowing
but tonight will only make me love you more
and I hope that you’ll believe me
’cause I know you’ve never been this far before

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