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Thursday, February 20, 2003
Country singer Johnny PayCheck passed away on Tuesday at the age of 64.
It would be a mistake to regard PayCheck as one of the greats in his genre, or me as one of his bigger fans, but the level of energy to the best of his music compares favorably to much of the best of any genre. The 1970 hit "(Don't Take Her) She's All I Got" is better than almost anything you can now hear on commercial radio, for instance.
PayCheck is of course best known for his 1977 version of "Take This Job and Shove It," a song written by David Allen Coe. What is interesting about this song is that the lyrics become more abivalent as the song goes. The song first lets listeners believe that the character quitting his job is a done deal, but as it moves on it becomes clear that it is his wish but not his immediate plan. The song hooks listeners in with a simple message and then expands on the story in a realistic fashion. Not bad for what Dan Cooper of All Music Guide calls a novelty song."