“She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”
Written by Tim DuBois
#1 (2 weeks)
September 11 – September 18, 1982
This 1982 hot streak keeps going with yet another classic single from a Hall of Fame artist.
Jerry Reed’s biggest hits have always bordered on novelty, but the pain in this one is too palpable for it to be reduced to a comedy track.
Future Arista Nashville honcho Tim DuBois penned this divorce track, which is one of the best country records ever made about the subject. Reed’s inherent wit makes him the perfect artist for delivering this particular lyric about a man who really should’ve just learned to cook:
She got the gold mine! I got the shaft.
They split it right down the middle,
And then they give her the better half.
Well, it all sounds sorta funny,
But it hurts too much to laugh.
The coda is a wonderful throwback to his classic hit “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” with Reed arguing with the judge as the song fades out.
“Shaft” led to a minor revival at radio for Jerry Reed, as it was followed by the top five hit “The Bird,” the top fifteen hit “Down On the Corner,” and the top twenty hit “Good Ole Boys.” After one more chart hit, Reed’s run at radio came to an end.
Reed continued to tour and appear in films, while also recording occasionally. In 1993, he earned a Grammy for his collaboration with Chet Atkins, Sneakin’ Around. Reed passed away in 2008. Nine years later, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)” gets an A.
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