"Everything I Own" as written by and David Gates....
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


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"Everything I Own" as written by David Gates

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    General CommentMy mom brought home this record (the "Baby I'm A Want You" album) in 1973, when I was only 7 years old. I listened to this song over and over again. I remember my mom having to tell me, repeatedly, to go outside and play instead of listening to her records. This song has been the most influential and important in my entire life. I still listen to it frequently.

    My understanding is that this song is about David Gates' father, not grandfather. Whatever the inspiration, he truly captured lightning in a bottle - this song is a masterpiece.

    My wife still tells me she's gonna have this played at my funeral ;-)
    ksandbergflon February 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow. I was just gonna comment on how close my views on this song are with damn dirty insomniac's, and then I realized that it was my old username :P
    But they're still the same-- It's an amazing song
    ObsessiveTendencieson April 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of David Gates best songs. It has been covered numerous times - in various styles - reggae being the most common. That said Bread's original version is best. David G had an ability to write many brilliant ballads - Make It With You, If, Diary, Lost In Love and so on. He knew waht to state. A very powerful song. It can be relkated to loosing a lover or a parent. I think it is the latter.

    The penultimate verse is so powerful and I wonder how many people weep on hearing it....

    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
    CharmingManon November 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    MemoryI heard this song for the first time with my first-love. I have been happily married to someone else for many years. A couple of years ago, I learned that my first-love had died. He never married or had children. I went and visited his grave, where there were no flowers except the ones that I took. When I got home, I sat and listened to this song over and over and cried my eyes out. I love my husband and am so glad that I married him. I just hope my first-love knew that I always loved him, too. This song is the prefect expression of the way that I felt, when I found out that he had died.
    sharonkilon January 27, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a sad, sweet song. Supposively it's about the singer's loss of his grandfather, who was very close to the young singer. It's safe to say that everyone can relate to this song.

    "Is there someone you know,
    your loving them so,
    but taking them all for granted?"

    Just think about it.
    damn_dirty_insomniacon August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpuffffff.... this song is too much for me. it makes me be emotionally broken. there's so much true in its lyrics.. so you all say the things you wanna say to the people you love, before it's too late
    PiKueloon March 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Bread's music. This song is very emotional and a great song. N'SYNC kinda ruined it. But still an awesome song!
    Rollingstonesrockon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Bread's music. This song is very emotional and a great song. N'SYNC kinda ruined it. But still an awesome song!
    Rollingstonesrockon October 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLIP*SYNC RAPED THIS SONG?!? FUCK THEM!
    Charlie the manon October 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont really have a problem with nsync, or groups doing covers of old songs.... but this one, was definately the worst i've ever heard, it was a joke, they could have made it amazing, but it was done horribly, they should be embarassed.. poor guys haha
    steve_c2724on March 02, 2005   Link

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