Mark Chesnutt performs “Gonna Get A Life” Official Music Video.

Reached # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, remaining a total of 20 weeks on the charts . On the Canada Country Tracks charts, it peaked at # 2. The song was included on Mark's fifth studio album, What A Way To Live (Decca 1994)

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Gonna Get A Life

Single cover Mark Chesnutt ( Decca 1995 )
Single cover Mark Chesnutt ( Decca 1995 )

“Gonna Get a Life”, song written by Jim Lauderdale and Frank Dycus, was recorded by Mark Chesnutt for the Decca label, it was recorded between March and April 1994, at Javelina Recording, Nashville, TN. In this session six songs were recorded from the album, Mark was accompanied by: Waylon Jennings (vocal), Pat Flynn (acoustic guitar), B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar), Tim Mensy (acoustic guitar), Biff Watson (acoustic guitar), Brent Rowan (electric guitar), Glenn Duncan (mandolin and fiddle), Paul Franklin and Russ Pahl (steel), Roy Huskey, Jr. (acoustic bass), Bob Wray (bass), Owen Hale and Paul Leim (drums), Rob Hajacos (fiddle), Carl Gorodetzky (violin), The Nashville String Machine (strings), Tim Broussard (accordion), Matt Rollings (piano), Steve Nathan (keyboards), Curtis “Mr. Harmony” Young, John Wesley Ryles, Bergen White, Jana King, Lisa Silver, Dennis Wilson, Cindy Walker, Tom Flora, Chris Harris, Matt Kaminski, Ann Wright and Kim Rogers (background vocals). With the production of Mark Wright, the song was released on February 21, 1995, and May 20, 1995, reached # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, remaining a total of 20 weeks on the charts . On the Canada Country Tracks charts, it peaked at # 2. It was the sixth number one in Mark’s career.



Album cover Mark Chesnutt ( Decca 1994 )
Album cover Mark Chesnutt ( Decca 1994 )

The song was included on Mark’s fifth studio album, What A Way To Live (Decca 1994), the album was released on September 13, 1994, and on October 1, 1994, peaked at # 15, and remained On the charts a total of 48 weeks. His first album for Decca Records, it earned RIAA gold certification in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies.

About song:

Jim Lauderdale told Taste of Country that he was working at co-writer Frank Dycus’ house that day and while taking a break he played a melody that he came up with. Dycus came up with the title and then we wrote the rest of the lyrics, and We wrote it really quickly. This was the first # 1 Country hit written by Jim Lauderdale, a very successful songwriter whose credits include “We Touched The Sun” by Gary Allan and “Twang” for George Strait.





Mark Chesnutt – Gonna Get A Life Lyrics

Gotta find somethin’ to ease my mind
Gotta get it off of you
You tear at my heart strings one more time
With what you’re puttin’ me through
I’m not much on hangin’ around
Where I’m not wanted at all
I’m not gonna be your love sick clown
Waitin’ for your beck and call

I’m gonna get a life
That’s what I’m gonna do
So startin’ now
You can find one too
I’m gonna get a life
Like I should have done
A long time ago
Before you wrecked this one

This’ll be the last time you spin your wheels
Leaving like a maniac
You don’t care about the way I feel
There’s no need in comin’ back

I’m gonna get a life
That’s what I’m gonna do
So startin’ now
You can find one too
I’m gonna get a life
Like I should have done
A long time ago
Before you wrecked this one
Yeah, I’m gonna get a life
Before the gettin’s done

I’m gonna get a life
That’s what I’m gonna do
So startin’ now
You can find one too
I’m gonna get a life
Like I should have done
A long time ago
Before you wrecked this one

I’m gonna get a life
Before the gettin’s done

Single Mark Chesnutt ( Decca 1995 )
Single Mark Chesnutt ( Decca 1995 )

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