Everything I Own

Album: Baby I'm-a Want You (1972)
Charted: 32 5
  • You sheltered me from harm
    Kept me warm, kept me warm
    You gave my life to me
    Set me free, set me free
    The finest years I ever knew,
    Were all the years I had with you

    And I would give anything I own
    I'd give up my life, my heart, my home
    I would give everything I own,
    Just to have you back again

    You taught me how to love
    What it's of, what it's of
    You never said too much,
    But still you showed the way
    And I knew from watching you

    Nobody else could ever know,
    The part of me that can't let go

    And I would give anything I own,
    I'd give up my life, my heart, my home
    I would give everything I own,
    Just to have you back again

    Is there someone you know,
    Your loving them so,
    But taking them all for granted?
    You may lose them one day
    Someone takes them away,
    And they don't hear the words you long to say

    I would give anything I own,
    I'd give up my life, my heart, my home
    I would give everything I own,
    Just to have you back again
    Just to touch you once again Writer/s: David Gates
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 16

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 14th 1987, Boy George's covered version of "Everything I Own" peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on the United Kingdom’s Singles chart...
    It also reached #1 in Ireland & Norway and #2 in Belgium & Italy; but did not make the Billboard's Hot top 100 chart in the U.S.A.
    And exactly fifteen years earlier on March 14th, 1972 the original version of the song by Bread was in its third of three weeks at #5 on the Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and that was also its peak position on the chart {See next post below}...
    Boy George, born George Alan O'Dowd, will celebrate his 54th birthday in three months on June 14th {2015}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 27th 1972, "Everything I Own" by Bread peaked at #5 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on January 23rd at position #60 and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    Two covered versions have peaked at #1 in the United Kingdom; Ken Boothe's version for 3 weeks in 1974 and Boy George's re-make for 2 weeks in 1987...
    Sadly, three members of the group have passed away; guitarist Jimmy Griffin (1943 - 2005), drummer Mike Botts (1944 - 2005) and Larry Knechtel (1940 - 2009, he replaced Robb Royer in 1971)...
    May all three R.I.P.
  • Mary from Wheaton, IlMusic was a constant in my childhood home. Music and abuse. Dad, Hugh Hefner, pedophilia, but it is a common story. GOD held me close and healed my broken heart and played my albums, music being present from the moment of my conception. I sang along with David Gates, "Anything, Everything I Own" to GOD, praised Him in church and I changed. Now, as Brandon Heath sings, "I'm Not Who I Was" PTL!!! Father, "Your Love Reaches To The Heavens your faithfulness reaches to the skies, your gentleness is like majestic mountains and your love is like the depths of the sea and you come to me, filling my heart is your lovingkindness"
  • Sherwin from Tuguegarao, Philippineswhen i was on a mission for our church (lds)back in 2000-2002, i thing i heard from maybe someone from the foreign elders that a missionary who strayed away from the faith after his mission wrote the song to tell about his feelings and sold it to bread.that i believed until now.i used to tel people and even made it a theme-song for me and my uncle who happened to share the same path after our missions. we use to cry our hearts out when we sing it on family gatherings and occasions.well the song for us, speaks of our wanting to have him( Jesus Christ ) back again, in our hearts and in our lives. i hope that i will still live to get this wanting realized... love the song, a reminder..
  • Jeff from Casa Grande, AzRegardless what this song was written about. It tells of a part of my life. I grew up in a very neglecting family. My mom was a basket case, puritan-style religious; and my father was an abusive alcoholic who abandon us when I was seven. My older sister was beautiful and talented and brave, and made me feel my only sense of what love was. She ran away at fifteen with a man twice her age, got pregnant, and our mother made her a ward of the state. She was "taken away" from me. And, I "would give anything I own, etc. just to have [her] back again."
  • Connie from Walnut Cove, ScIn 1975 I was engaged to my High School sweetheart. She backed out but just for a short time and came running back. I wasn't so sure I wanted to resume the relationship. Two months of big time not knowing what to do went by. But one fateful day (in 1975)on my way to work I tuned in, yea you guessed it. It was already a favorite of mine. Then I realized I still loved her. I turned around the car right on the spot with tears running down. Went straight to her house and asked her to marry me again. And so we did.
    So yea I sort of remember that song.
  • Robert from Los Angeles, CaVery deep and well thought out lyrics from bread I also like "I'd Love You To Want Me"-Lobo and "I Can't Live If Living Is Without You"- Nealson and let not forget the Styleistics and Jim Crocies contributions from male artists of this genre and time. All very moving. Oh, and on more, "If You Could Read My Mind" -Gordon Lightfoot.
  • Mark from Tremonton, UtJust in case, well, this should settle any conjecture:

    I saw Bread in Salt Lake City in the mid 70's. Before performing this song, Gates said,"Most people think this song is about a lost lover. But it's actually about my father, a very fine man born and raised in the city of St. George Utah."

    Also, most people don't know that Bread's excellent pianist Larry Knechtel was responsible for the majestic piano work on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters".
  • Mark from Mchenry, IlThis is one of those songs that makes me stop whatever I'm doing and listen when it comes on the radio. I spent years thinking it was about a romantic relationship. When I heard that it was actually about David Gates' father, that just made it even more special. David Gates deserves to be mentioned among the great songwriters in rock/pop history.
  • Michael from San Diego, CaThis is one of the most beautiful & emotional songs ever written or sung!
  • Ivan from Dallas, TxDidn't ONJ release a version of this song ?
  • Nick from Paramus, NjI'm 21 and I mostly listen to bands like Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest, but I love Bread! My friend, who's mostly into 60's psychadelic and some 70's rock, got me to buy the best of Bread. As soon as I heard "Mother Freedom" and "Down on my Knees" I was hooked! I now own every single Bread album including a custom burned CD of "Lost Without Your Love" that I special ordered off the internet! I like all their songs and I would've loved to see them realease a live album, it's too bad they didn't last too long. R.I.P. Mike & Jimmy.
  • Nitsua from La, Ca"Everything I own"1974 (also Name of album/cd)sung~reggae by Ken Boothe, early in his musical career also includes ?Rasta Never Fall?... and more by one of Reggae?s old school :)
  • Bobodobo from Los Angeles, CaBy the way, 2005 was a bad year for Bread fans. Jimmy Griffin died on Jan. 13 and Mike Botts died Dec. 9, both of cancer. Let's hope David and Larry still have a lot of years left.
  • Bobodobo from Los Angeles, CaI have to agree with Frank about Bread, they were great musicians who put out some really quality albums. But as a 70's guy who admitted to liking Bread, I had to put up with a lot of ridicule from the macho types.

    I recently found in my mp3 collection a version of "Baby I'm a Want You" in which Jimmy Griffin sings the lead, with a somewhat scaled-down instrumental accompaniment. I never had a very high opinion of Griffin as a lead singer, but he really nailed this one! I actually like it better that Gates's version, despite the fact that Gates has a flawless voice. Unfortunately I have no idea where I got the Griffin version, and I can't find anything like it on iTunes, where I get most of my music. So I don't know what to tell you if you want to hear it yourself.
  • Frank from Westminster, ScBread was one of the greatest all-around groups ever, in my opinion. Unfortunately, most people only remember the singles, like "Baby I'm a Want You". That's a song which even I turn off. If you go back and listen to albums like "Manna" and "On The Waters" and "Guitar Man", you will hear a wide range of well written, flawlessly performed and superbly sung music of all types. These guys were all long-time studio musicians, producers and songwriters who came together for a few years, (They were the biggest selling pop group in 1971), and disbanded in 1973 when, I suppose, David Gates' and Jimmy Griffin's egos clashed. They left behind a number of albums, any of which I recommend. If you never heard their album cuts, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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