“I Got Mexico”
Written by Frank J. Meyers and Eddy Raven
#1 (1 week)
June 16, 1984
Eddy Raven had been putting in work in the studio and on the road for many years by the time he earned his first No. 1 single.
Raven was born and raised in Louisiana, and while he originally wanted to be a professional baseball player, a broken ankle helped turn his attention to music.
“I Got Mexico” benefitted from Raven’s own songwriting pen and production efforts, as well as two collaborators who would have incredibly longevity in their fields: songwriter Frank J. Meyers and producer Paul Worley.
Edward Raven was born and raised in Louisiana, and while he originally wanted to be a professional baseball player, a broken ankle helped turn his attention to music. A typographical error on his first single in 1962 proved fortuitous, and the “Eddy” spelling helped him stand out in a world full of musical “Eddies.”
Still, it would be more than twenty years between that independent release and his first No. 1 hit. He was getting cuts as a songwriter by the early seventies, and signed his first major recording contract in 1974. He wouldn’t crack the top twenty of the country chart until 1981, when his only album for Elektra produced four top twenty hits. Moving to the RCA roster, his first release for the label became his first No. 1 hit.
“I Got Mexico” does something most of the island-flavored jams that imitated the late, great Jimmy Buffett don’t. Raven doesn’t try to pretend that all is well south of the border, even though he’s eating well and living good. He’s only there because his heart is broken, and this new lifestyle is his way of dealing with the pain and loss: “I still love you, that’s the way it goes. He’s got you, I’ve got Mexico.”
Raven’s performance only adds to the heartbreak here. His voice quivers and breaks in all the right places. He sounds as if convincing his ex of his well-being is completely out of reach, and he’s just trying to convince himself.
“I Got Mexico” was the second in a string of nineteen consecutive top ten hits for Raven, but we won’t see him on top again until 1987.
“I Got Mexico” gets an A.
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