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Classic Rewind: Moe Bandy – ‘I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today’

6 responses to “Classic Rewind: Moe Bandy – ‘I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today’

  1. Luckyoldsun February 1, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Very clever song, by “Whitey” Shafer and “Doodle” Owens, and a great record for Moe Bandy, though this recording–which might have come from someone’s cell phone–is hardly the best representation of it.
    Just about every line contains an allusion to a classic country cheating song. The only one that’s a bit of a misnomer (but it works, anyway) is the reference–in the chorus–to “Let’s Go All the Way”–that Norma Jean hit song is not a cheating song at all (but was, in fact a pretty bold devotional love song for a country singer–and a woman!–in the early ’60s.)
    The only two references in the song that I can’t place are “Did she forget to wake you up to say goodbye” and “I just threw my last bottle at the jukebox.” Others here probably know which classic songs are being alluded to.

    • Ken February 2, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Perhaps it was borrowed from another song but I’ve always believed that the line about throwing a bottle at the jukebox was created by the writers to advance the story line. It underscores his anger at hearing cheatin’ songs reflecting his own life.

      I don’t think that “Let’s Go All The Way” was borrowed from the 1964 Norma Jean hit. More likely it was from Mel Tillis & Sherry Bryce’s 1973 single “Let’s Go All The Way Tonight” about a couple cheating on their spouses. It was likely playing on the radio and on jukeboxes around the time Moe’s song was being created so it probably was top of mind for the writers.

      Moe’s unique pronunciation of the word woman (whoa-munn) was first heard in this song. It was pointed out by Ralph Emery who often kidded Moe about it when he was a guest on his syndicated radio show in the 1970’s. It’s not as evident in the video posted above as on the original recording.

  2. Paul W Dennis February 2, 2018 at 12:26 am

    The first reference was to the Jerry Lee Lewis hit “She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye” . I do not believe that the second references anything but is just a connecting line for the lyric

  3. Ken February 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Here’s a list of what I believe to be the songs referenced in “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today”

    The Midnight Oil – Barbara Mandrell [1973]
    You’re Never Been This Far Before – Conway Twitty [1973] – forbidden places & been this far before
    If The Back Door Could Talk – Webb Pierce [1964]
    Borrowed Angel – Mel Street [1972]

    Let’s Go All The Way – Mel Tillis & Sherry Bryce [1973]
    The Devil Is A Woman – Bran Shaw [1973]

    Can I Sleep In Your Arms –Jeannie Seely [1973]
    Help Me Make It Through The Night – Sammi Smith [1971]
    It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad) – Merle Haggard [1972]
    She Even Woke We Up To Say Goodbye – Jerry Lee Lewis [1969]

    • Luckyoldsun February 3, 2018 at 2:22 am

      I’d never heard of the Mel Tillis–Sherry Bryce duet (In fact, I’ll admit I never heard of Sherry Bryce), but that solves a mystery of sorts. Writers Shafer and Owens were definitely alluding to the Tillis-Bryce song, “Let’s Go All the Way Tonight” (and not Norma’s “Let’s Go All the Way), because Moe sings, “…when I heard that woman singing, ‘DARLING, let’s go all the way'”–and the word “Darling” is only in the Tillis song.
      I never heard of Brian Shaw or “The Devil Is a Woman,” either. I just associated the line “My woman is the devil” with the Marty Robbins classic, “Devil Woman,” from 1962. The Shaw song is rather obscure now–When I Googled “The Devil Is a Woman,” without the name of the singer, all that comes up is a 1935 Marlene Dietrich movie–but I’ll agree that that’s the song being referenced in the Bandy single.
      “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs Today,” would definitely be at or near the top a long list of country songs that salute other country songs. A few years later, John Anderson had a somewhat confusingly, and similarly-titled single, “She Just Started Liking Cheatin’ Songs.” But the Anderson song does not name-check or allude to any specific cheating songs.

      • Ken February 3, 2018 at 11:24 am

        The earliest country song that I can recall with lyrics created from song titles was Eddy Arnold’s 1953 RCA Victor single “Eddy’s Song.” Writers Charles Grean & Cy Coben cleverly integrated the titles of 22 Eddy Arnold songs into that #1 hit.

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