Song written by Johnny Duncan, who recorded it for the first time on June 25, 1970, but it was not published until May 1971. Charley Pride, recorded and released in January 1971, reached number one on the country charts, on March 6, 1971, and he stayed 3 weeks in a row at number one, and he stayed on lists for 13 weeks, he also got number one on the Canadian country charts, and entered the pop charts at number 79.
The song It would be included on the album, I’m Just Me (RCA 1971). On LP country charts, he also reached number one in the USA and number two on country charts in Canada. It was the sixth number one for Charley Pride.
Johnny Duncan 1971 (Columbia)
Conway Twitty 1971 (Decca)
Faron Young 1971 (Mercury)
Charley Pride – I’d Rather Love You lyrics
If tonight should be our last night together I’m not sorry that we fell in love at all
If tomorrow sun should find me hurtin’ for you I know
That the price for loving you would still be small
For I’d never know the thrill of your sweet lips
And the chills I get just knowing that you’re mine
Cause I’ve spent my life not knowing what real love is oh no
Though I’d be hurtin’ I’m still certain
That I’d rather love and lose you than never know your love at all
For I’d never know the thrill…
Yes I’d rather love and lose you than never know your love at all