Johnny Paycheck performs “Friend, Lover, Wife” On Hee Haw 1979.

Reached # 7 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, remaining in the charts a total of 12 weeks. Canadian RPM Country Tracks, reached number # 8. The song was included in Johnny's eighteenth studio album, Armed and Crazy (Epic 1978).

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Friend, Lover, Wife

Lp cover Johnny Paycheck ( Epic 1978 )
Lp cover Johnny Paycheck ( Epic 1978 )

Friend, Lover, Wife, a song written by Bill Sherrill and Johnny Paycheck, was recorded by Johnny Paycheck for the Epic label, in June 1978, at Columbia Recording Studio, 34 Music Sq. East, Nashville, TN. In the recording session, Johnny was accompanied by: Barry Chance (electric guitar), Jim Murphy (steel), Michael McBride (bass), Barry Walsh (piano) and P. T. Gazell (harmonica). With the production of Bill Sherrill, the song was released in October 1978, on December 16, 1978, reached # 7 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, remaining in the charts a total of 12 weeks. Canadian RPM Country Tracks, reached number # 8.

The song was included in Johnny’s eighteenth studio album, Armed and Crazy (Epic 1978), the album was released in November 1978, on March 3, 1979, reached number 15 on the charts of US Top Country Albums, the album remained on the charts, a total of 31 weeks. On the Canadian Country Albums charts, it reached # 12.





Johnny Paycheck – Friend, Lover, Wife Lyrics

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

Single Johnny Paycheck ( Epic 1978 )
Single Johnny Paycheck ( Epic 1978 )

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