Everything I Own is the second song to feature here from Bread and although I am not as taken with it as I was as a youngster, I still hold it close for nostalgic reasons. It is from their 1972 record Baby I’m a Want You. I have heard of bad record names before, but this one – Baby I’m a Want You is right up there. Everything I Own reached No 5 on the billboard charts.
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
I don’t think I have seen a longer list of artists who have covered a song such as Everything I Own; it includes Shirley Bassey, Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart.
According to wikpedia: Although initial listeners may have interpreted it as a song about a broken relationship, Gates revealed that it was written in memory of his father who died in 1963 before he achieved his success with Bread….’My success would have been so special to him as he was my greatest influence. So I decided to write and record ‘Everything I Own‘
Bread was an American soft-rock band from Los Angeles, California. Gates explained: A bread truck came along right at the time we were trying to think of a name. We had been saying, “How about bush, telephone pole? Ah, bread truck, bread.”
Baby I’m-a Want You, was their most successful album, peaking at No. 3.