We Just Disagree

Album: Let It Flow (1977)
Charted: 12
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Jim Krueger, a guitarist from Manitowoc, Wisconsin who joined Dave Mason's band in 1974. Affectionately and ironically known as "bruiser" (he was actually very soft-spoken), Krueger became Mason's trusted musical partner at a time when he sorely needed the help. Mason, a former member of the band Traffic, signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1973 that demanded two albums a year from him. It was Clive Davis who signed Mason, but Davis departed the label soon after, leaving Mason in the lurch.
  • The song is about a couple who have parted ways, possibly via divorce, and have agreed to set aside their differences and stop assigning blame. The song could describe any number of scenarios where a relationship goes sour; Mason connected with the song based on his numerous conflicts with band members, love interests and record labels.

    In our interview with Mason, he explained: "I did it because I thought it was a great song. An unusual chord arrangement behind it. And it stood up - it was a song that when he sang it to me, it was like, 'Yeah, that's the song.' Just him and a guitar, which is usually how I judge whether I'm going to do something. If it holds up like that I'll put the rest of the icing on it.

    I was going to cut it anyway, but I frankly thought it was too good a song to be a hit. Sounds strange. And it wasn't a huge hit, it got to #12. But it's been around. It's a great song. It's a timeless song."
  • Mason included the song on his 1977 album Let It Flow, but it wasn't chosen as the first single: that honor went to "So High (Rock Me Baby And Roll Me Away)," which peaked at #89. "We Just Disagree" was the second single, and it became Mason's biggest hit as a solo artist.
  • Jim Krueger, who wrote the song, also played the 12-string guitar and sang the harmony vocal. Krueger, who died of pancreatitis in 1993 at age 43, included this song on his only solo album, the 1978 release Sweet Salvation.
  • This stripped-down song stood out in 1977 amid the disco offerings that proliferated on the radio. It held up well when Mason and Krueger set out on an acoustic tour in 1981, making them one of the first "unplugged" acts. The song was a staple of their setlist, and one Mason continued to play live after Krueger's death.
  • The Country singer Billy Dean covered this song in 1994, taking it to #9 on the Country chart.

Comments: 4

  • Mo from Mesa Arizonaa timeless tune, stands up to anything today.
  • Tom Metselaar from Whitby, Ont, Canadagreat song.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenSo true that this song "stood out amidst the disco offerings that proliferated on the radio" and I was grateful for that at the time.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 28th 1977, "We Just Disagree" by Dave Mason entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #80; and on November 20th, 1977 it peaked at #12 {for 2 weeks} and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #19 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1970 and 1980 he had seven Top 100 records; his next biggest hit was a covered version of the Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", it peaked at #39 in 1978...
    David Thomas Mason will celebrate his 69th birthday come next May 10th {2015}.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

The Girl in That Song

The Girl in That SongFact or Fiction

Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?

Song Cities

Song CitiesMusic Quiz

Nirvana, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen are among those who wrote songs with cities that show up in this quiz.

Gene Simmons of Kiss

Gene Simmons of KissSongwriter Interviews

The Kiss rocker covers a lot of ground in this interview, including why there are no Kiss collaborations, and why the Rock Hall has "become a sham."

Oliver Leiber

Oliver LeiberSongwriter Interviews

Oliver Leiber talks about writing and producing hits for Paula Abdul, and explains his complicated relationship with his father, the songwriter Jerry Leiber.

Al Jourgensen of Ministry

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.

Spooner Oldham

Spooner OldhamSongwriter Interviews

His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."