Buddy Holly – True Love Ways

Without Buddy rock music could have been drastically different. Buddy was a self contained artist who wrote, arranged, and recorded his own songs. His chord changes and melodies were different from fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry.

True Love Ways was co-written by Buddy and Norman Petty and recorded in October 1958. Petty was Buddy Holly’s first producer and owned the studio in Clovis, New Mexico where all of Buddy’s first recordings were made…Lubbock did not have a recording studio at the time.

The song’s haunting melody was inspired by one of Buddy’s favorite black gospel hymns, “I’ll Be Alright,” which was recorded by The Angelic Gospel Singers. This song was likely inspired by his wife Maria Elena.

The song peaked at #25 in the UK in 1960…a year after he died in a plane crash.

From Songfacts

This and “It Doesn’t Matter Any More” were Buddy’s first recordings to use orchestral string arrangements, which accentuated his vocal mannerisms. The strings were arranged by Dick Jacobs. 

Notable covers include versions by Mickey Gilley, Peter & Gordon, and The Royal Philharmonic.

This wasn’t released until after Holly’s death in 1959. After he died in a plane crash, the album The Buddy Holly Story was released, which contained many of his early hits. This album came out a few months later and included many of his lesser-known or never released songs.

True Love Ways

Just you know why
Why you and I
Will bye and bye
Know true love ways

Sometimes we’ll sigh
Sometimes we’ll cry
And we’ll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways

Throughout the days
Our true love ways
Will bring us joys to share
With those who really care

Sometimes we’ll sigh
Sometimes we’ll cry
And we’ll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways

Throughout the days
Our true love ways
Will bring us joys to share
With those who really care

Sometimes we’ll sigh
Sometimes we’ll cry
And we’ll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

18 thoughts on “Buddy Holly – True Love Ways”

  1. I was thinking about Buddy Holly this morning- and Chuck Berry- Elvis- Richard- the 50’s rockers and who I actually like the best. It’s close between Chuck and Buddy.

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    1. They all had different styles that is for sure. I also have a soft spot for Fats Domino. Richard was great but I wish he would have released more. You can’t go wrong with Chuck and Buddy. Their writing sets them apart.

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  2. Like Jim said, a new one to me, but good. I think you hit on something there- he wrote differently (I’d say better, but that’s just me) than most of his contemporaries… more complex arrangements, slightly deeper or more varied lyrics.

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  3. The first time I heard this was in the movie “The Buddy Holly Story.” Quite a bit different than a lot of his rockers. I always thought that using the celeste on “Every Day” was almost a Beatles-type move, using more than guitars in a song.

    Re Fats Domino, whom you were talking about above: He was influenced heavily by his New Orleans roots, so you can hear some Dixieland, some Al Hirt, some French Quarter, some Cajun in there. That’s the only way I can explain it.

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    1. That is the first time I heard it also… I agree with Every Day….

      I saw the play “Buddy” in the 90s when it tour and was in Nashville and yea I saw what you were talking about…those songs came alive hearing them live like that…

      Fats yea…he was not Mr. Rock and Roll…he was deeper than that…I can hear those influences.

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    1. I agree with your dad…he very well could have been. He was the lone fifites guy that would have been popular in the sixties unlike his peers…his music and The Beatles music were similar. He had more influence on them than Elvis.

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