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Johnny Paycheck performs "Friend, Lover, Wife"

Johnny Paycheck (born Donald Eugene Lytle; May 31, 1938 – February 19, 2003) was an American country music singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Grand Ole Opry member notable for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It". He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a force in country music's "Outlaw Movement" popularized by artists Coe, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Merle Haggard. In the 1980s, his music career slowed due to drug, alcohol and legal problems. He served a prison sentence in the early 1990s and his declining health effectively ended his career in early 2000. In 1980, Paycheck appeared on the PBS music program Austin City Limits 

Johnny Paycheck Friend, Lover, Wife

 

Let me tell you about the woman I know once

She don't drink, she don't smoke
She can't stand a dirty joke
She don't hang out till the morning light
She don't have to get high, Lord, to get it right
She's a friend, she's a lover, ooh, she's my wife

But I'll take a drink, Lord and I'll have a smoke
And I've told some down right filthy jokes
I've been known to hang out till the morning light
Been known to get high trying to get it right
But that's just me, you saw, that's just me

Well if you don't know my woman
You might think she's square
But if you wanna see that woman
When she lets down her hair
She's the damnest thing
That's ever walk into my life, hello

She's a friend, she's a lover, she's my wife
[Incomprehensible] my wife, son and yours too

I wear jeans and she wears silk
I like beer and she likes milk
She can be soft like a summer rain
But lock them doors at night, she's a hurricane
She's a friend, she's a lover, ooh, she's my wife

Lord, it's still a mystery what she sees in me
She said long as I want her, she'll never set me free
She's a damnest thing that's ever walk into my life, hello

She's a friend, she's a lover, she's my wife
She's a friend, she's a lover, she's my wife

She's a friend, she's a lover
She's a fox, she's a mother
She's my friend, she's my lover, hey she's my wife