“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:
Every No. 1 Single of the Eighties
Previous: Alabama, “Love in the First Degree” |
How can’t the comments section be overflowing with praise and admiration for this single?
This is a country classic. The genre’s stereotype is rooted in performances like this about this kind of subject matter.
I am not smart enough to know if this song is either pathetic or bathetic, but I am fan enough to know that either way, it is brilliant.
Jones sounds like he is in anguish while singing this one. His vocals are haunted and remorseful as he snarls and chews his way through the bleak lyrics.
Jones is showing us why he is generally considered the greatest vocalist in country music history
It doesn’t hurt that Billy Sherrill brilliantly knows exactly what to do with the production here.
Good grief, this is great!
I agree with Peter. This is a perfect record. It’s flawless from start to finish. That’s it is not even in my top 10 favorites from George Jones doesn’t make it any less great, it just means Jones has a deep well of classic hits that are greater.