Cody Johnson’s Rendition of ‘I Don’t Know a Thing About Love’ Would Make Conway Twitty Proud

by Brianna Vacca
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Cody Johnson’s cover of “I Don’t Know a Thing About Love” will make Conway Twitty crack a smile from up above.

Johnson’s double album “Human” hosts 18 well-written, well-composed tracks. Featured on the album is current single “Til You Can’t,” “Treasure,” “Let’s Build A Fire,” and “By Your Grace.” A few cover songs made the cut. One is Conway Twitty’s “I Don’t Know a Thing About Love.”

The song hosts a down-on-his-luck guy who is staring up into the moon. He asks where his lover is and what she is up to. He sings, “I asked him ‘Where is she tonight? You must see all things with your light. He said, ‘Son, I could tell you things that might kill you. I don’t get involved in what’s wrong or right. Will love grow, will it die? I don’t know a thing about love.” Lyricism at its finest.

The single was recorded by Conway Twitty and written by Harlan Howard. Released in July of 1984, the song was the second single released on Twitty’s album “By Heart.” The single made Twitty earn his 32nd number-one hit. It spent 14 weeks on the country chart. Twitty’s daughter Joni Lee sung background vocals.

On the album is Willie Nelson’s “Sad Songs And Waltzes.” “Sad Songs and Waltzes” was the first single that Johnson released from his double record. The country singer even enlisted the help of Nelson to sing and play on the track in which he did. Nelson included the track on his 1973 album “Shotgun Willie” and Cake and Keith Whitley have covers of it as well.

Cody Johnson’s Near Death Experience

Cody Johnson is real honest about his near-death experience. Not many people can say they’ve had a close run to death. The singer and his wife were riding in a private plane headed to a NASCAR event when suddenly the pilot exclaimed, “We’re going down,” He says. “I said, ‘You mean we’re taking it down. He said, ‘No, you need to prepare yourself. We’re going down.’”

The plane’s attitude descended rapidly causing everyone on board to brace for impact and exchange final words, he recalls, “I really sat there for about 30 minutes as the plane was going down, with my wife, like, ‘This is it. I love you. I’m thinking about things I regret. I’m thinking about things I could’ve done. Why did I tell my little girls I was too busy to get on the floor and play and why didn’t I make that phone call and apologize to that person? Why didn’t I tell that person, ‘Hey, it’s OK to be Christian and not be perfect’? All those opportunities that I didn’t seize, and even my wife — why don’t I do these things?”

Perhaps this near-death experience will be the topic of Johnson’s next record.