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Johnny Paycheck performs"I'm The Only Hell My Mama Raised"

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. 

Johnny Paycheck - I'm The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised) Lyrics

 

I can't sell my mama short on loving me

I guess that's why she let me go so far

Mama try to stopped me short of stealing

I guess that's why I had to steal that car

 

She told me not to smoke it

But I did and it took me far away

And I turned out to be

The only hell my mama ever raised

 

Well, I rolled into Atlanta, stolen tags and almost out of gas

I had to get some money, and lately I'd learned how to get it fast

Those neon lights was calling me and somehow I just had to get downtown

So I reached into the glove box, another liquor store went down

 

And I sing 'Precious memories', take me back to the good ol' days

Let me hear mama singing, 'Rock of ages' cleft for me

She tried to turn me on to Jesus, but I turned on to the devil's ways

And I turned out to be the only hell my mama ever raised

 

When they put them handcuffs on me, Lord how I fought to resist

But agent clamped 'em tighter, 'til that metal bit into my wrist

They took my belt and my billfold, my fingerprints, and the profile of my face

Then they locked away the only hell my mama ever ever raised

 

And I sing 'Precious memories', take me back to the good ol' days

Let me hear mama singing, 'Rock of ages' cleft for me

She tried to turn me on to Jesus, but I turned on to the devil's ways

And I turned out to be the only hell my mama ever raised

She tried to turn me on to Jesus, but I turned on to the devil's ways

And I turned out to be the only hell my mama ever raised

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