Johnny Paycheck – I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)

Released as part of the album "Slide Off Your Satin Sheets." Captured the hearts of country music enthusiasts, propelling it to the top Ten of the charts. It peaked at No. 8 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard), it also peaked at No. 6 on Canada Country Tracks.

Johnny Paycheck – I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)

Johnny Paycheck - I'm The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)
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Are you ready to dive into the timeless classic «I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)» by Johnny Paycheck? This iconic country song, recorded on March 11, 1977, is a true gem in the world of country music. Written by Bobby Borchers, Mack Vickery and Wayne Kemp, the song was produced by Billy Sherrill and released as part of the album «Slide Off Your Satin Sheets.» Captured the hearts of country music enthusiasts, propelling it to the top of the charts. It peaked at No. 8 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard), it also peaked at No. 6 on Canada Country Tracks. Let’s explore the profound meaning behind the song and gain a deeper understanding of Johnny Paycheck’s remarkable musical journey.

The Song’s Meaning

«I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)» delves into the complexities of life and the deep, unconditional love of a mother. The lyrics paint a poignant picture of a rebellious son reflecting on his tumultuous life choices, realizing that despite everything, his mother’s unwavering love and support remain constant. The song’s raw emotional power and relatable storytelling have secured its place as a beloved classic in the country music landscape.




Johnny Paycheck: A working-class hero

Johnny Paycheck - I'm The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)
Johnny Paycheck
Johnny Paycheck who rose to fame in the 1970s with his rebellious songs and working-class themes. His signature song, «Take This Job and Shove It,» became an anthem for the working class and is still a popular song today.
Paycheck’s career was marked by personal struggles, including alcoholism, drug addiction, and violence. However, he was also a talented musician who wrote and sang some of the most memorable songs in country music. He is considered a key figure in the outlaw country movement and his legacy continues to inspire fans around the world.

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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 tried to stop 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
Yeah, I had to get some money, 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 said ‘Precious memories’, take me back to the good ol’ days’
Let me hear my men and sing, ‘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
And then they locked away the only hell my mama ever ever raised
And I’d 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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