“Still Doin’ Time”
Written by Michael Heeney and John Moffat
#1 (1 week)
December 12, 1981
When we last saw George Jones in this feature, it was with his signature classic, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” A slew of awards and renewed commercial success followed in the wake of that hit, and he was a regular presence on the radio with the next two singles from I Am What I Am: the top five “I’m Not Ready Yet” and the top ten “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will.)”
Jones followed that seminal album with Still the Same Ole Me, and he returned to No. 1 with that album’s lead single.
“Still Doin’ Time” is a honky tonk classic, leaning in heavily to Jones’ reputation as a heavy drinker and creating a killer record about the price paid by someone who cheated one too many times. He’s the perfect vehicle for this lyric, and he gives a powerful performance as he sings:
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