It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty

August 29, 2022

Conway Twitty was a chart-topping multi-genre artist. Among the 40 songs that topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, “It’s Only Make Believe” was the only one to top the Billboard Pop Charts. 

Twitty had so many #1 hits that his record was unmatched for 20 years until George Strait broke it in 2006 with his song “Give It Away.” 

Fun Facts:

  • “It’s Only Make Believe” was released on July 14, 1958. 
  • The song was recorded and released by the MGM record label.
  • Conway Twitty and Jack Nance wrote the lyrics for the song while doing sets.
  • During his young adult years, Conway Twitty played baseball and was almost recruited by the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins. He changed his name when he signed with Sun Records in 1957. 
  • Conway Twitty spanned multiple genres, including country music, rock and roll, R&B and pop. 
  • He was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. 
  • On June 5, 1993, Conway Twitty died after falling ill while performing at Jim Stafford Theater, Branson, Missouri. The official cause of death was declared an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Before his death, Conway Twitty built a marvelous estate named Twitty City. It was eventually shut down in 1994. 
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network eventually bought Twitty City.

Lyrics 

People see us everywhere

They think you really care

But myself I can’t deceive

I know it’s only make believe

My one and only prayer

Is that some day you’ll care

My hopes and my dreams come true

My one and only you

No-one will ever know

How much I love you so

My only prayer will be

That some day you’ll care for me

But it’s only make believe

My hopes and my dreams come true

My life, I’d give for you

My heart, a wedding ring

My all, my everything

My heart I can’t control

You rule my very soul

My only prayer will be

Is some day you’ll care for me

But it’s only make believe

My one and only prayer

Is that some day you’ll care

My hopes and my dreams come true

My one and only you

No-one will ever know

How much I love you so

My prayers, my hopes and my schemes

You are my every dream

But it’s only make believe

(Make believe)

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