Song Lyric Sunday | “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” – Whitney Houston

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Did/Didn’t/Do/Don’t/Does/Doesn’t.


Calling it show-tune schmaltz and knocking it for it’s big emotional finish, many music critics didn’t care for Didn’t We Almost Have It All, the second single from Whitney Houston’s second album, Whitney, in 1987.

But when has the music-loving public ever listened to a music critic?

The song debuted at number forty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August and in just six short weeks, it landed at number one, where it stayed for two consecutive weeks and became Whitney’s fifth consecutive number one song.

Didn’t We Almost Have It All is about wishing for a reunion with someone, and making the case for it by recalling past good times. It was widely speculated that the song is about Houston’s relationship with then NFL star Randall Cunningham.


  •  The single stayed in the Top 40 for 13 weeks, and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks.
  • Michael Masser, who worked as a producer on the album, wrote this with Will Jennings, a lyricist from East Texas who around this time was also writing for Steve Winwood, B.B. King, The Crusaders and Randy Crawford.
  • Following Houston’s death in 2012, Entertainment Weekly published a list of her 25 best songs and ranked Didn’t We Almost Have it All at 16.

So much for music critics, eh? 😀

The official video for Didn’t We Almost Have It All is a live performance for members of the military in Saratoga Springs, New York. It played in heavy rotation on VH1, MTV, and BET, but is not a favorite of mine. Whitney’s “performance” actually takes away from her singing and doesn’t do the song justice.

I chose a static album cover with a radio version of the song instead.


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Didn’t We Almost Have It All?

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia,, and YouTube.

24 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” – Whitney Houston

  1. Although I love “I Want to Dance With Somebody” from this album, “Didn’t We Almost Have it All” is a great slow song too! I love the works from Will Jennings!

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  2. Whitney set the bar to a whole new level with this song. Each sentence is its own musical experience. She was always one of my favorite singers. We didn’t have a radio, only a record player and no car, but when MTV started, it introduced us to such a vast selection of new music and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” was my first introduction to Whitney. I’ve loved her ever since. Great pick, Fle!


    1. Agreed. Such a wonderful voice. We only get one or two each generation. If it weren’t for oldies, my playlists would be almost empty. Added Adele and Kelly Clarkson over the years but no one recently. Power voices are rare.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😊

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  3. My ex absolutely loved Whitney Houston, which kind of makes it awkward for me now. We went to see her in concert just about the time this song was hot, and it was a high point. I’m not sure we were even married yet–it was either right before or right after. Anyway, I haven’t listened to Whitney Houston in decades now, and that’s why.

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  4. Songwriting first:

    Will Jennings is an absolute legend – who I did not really appreciate until TITANIC.

    And Masser is a serviceable sessions writer – the sort of person you would want to have Whitney be supported by in the 1980s at the rise of her career.

    Have a special memory of the death of Houston.

    12 February 2012 – I was at my first St Kilda Festival; attending Alliance Francaise Melbourne for an art exhibition and walking through Grey Street and some famous properties. It was a wonderful exhibition of Kimberley art and people.

    That afternoon in my pink wrapround shirt and white skirt we got to the car park and the radio was on, Felicia Denise.

    Then I may have sat down on the Internet and learnt of Houston’s demise.

    Some five years later there was that wonderful documentary which covered so many dimensions.

    Houston was one of my very first divas – along with Dion and Carey [by about 7 years – 1987 for Houston and 1994/95 for Carey and Dion]. There were others like Estefan and Abdul and one other one on Vh1.

    Then she became awesome again in 2009. In between yours truly acquired a bootleg in March 1995 which came at the time of finishing and disseminating my first professional book – ah, Labour Day/Eight Hours Day!

    It is good to have time alone with the lyrics.

    Willow: she had lived quite a life. And then I think of Bobbi Christina her beloved daughter she could not so easily protect from Brown. BC had died in the bath some years later.

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