Friday, August 5, 2011

Jerry Reed - "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)"

She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) - The Essential Jerry Reed

(Debuted July 24, 1982, Peaked #57, 9 Weeks on the Chart)

As a kid, I was most aware of Jerry Reed from his movie roles, especially as Cletus Snow in Smokey & the Bandit. Since my parents were also fans of country music, I also picked up on his novelty tunes when they came out. However, it wasn't until much later before I ever realized what an immense talent he was on the guitar.

One of my favorite Jerry Reed songs is "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft), a lesson about what happens when you get divorced. It failed to make the pop Top 40, but was Reed's third (and final) country #1. Yes, it's a funny story...but sometimes the best comedy has an element of truth to it. And if that's true, the story behind this song is as painful as it is funny.

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