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He Thinks He'll Keep Her

by

Mary Chapin Carpenter



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This song was inspired by a 1970s Geritol TV commercial (which would now be regarded as extremely sexist and patronizing), in which a husband cites his wife's many attributes, summarizing with, "I think I'll keep her."
Carpenter performed this song with Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Boguss, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, and Kathy Mattea for "The Women of Country" special. (thanks, Michele - Lewisburg, WV)
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Comments (6):

One more in a long country music tradition of exploiting double meanings in the titles of songs: "he thinks he'll keep her" because she's such a dutiful wife, but on the other hand, he THINKS he'll keep her, but he's wrong.
- Staley, Dallas, TX
I like some of Mary Chapin Carpenter's songs, this just isn't one of them. It's depressing and pointless. The woman's life goes nowhere. She chucks it all for a typing job at minimum wage? Does not sound very fulfilling.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
Mary Chapin Carpenter did indeed write this song, Lucinda Williams wrote "Passionate Kisses", another hit from the album C'mon C'mon
- Andrew, Blossvale, NY
I think Lucinda Williams actually wrote this song.
- Luke, Montpelier, VT
Hi Kelly in Levitown.
Dreat song for sure!
Im just glad my mom stuck around totally "Unfullfilled"
- Steve, Salt Lake City, UT
This is a great song, and it tells a great story. A woman who spends her whole life caring for her husband and children and then realizes one day she just wants to do something for herself.
- Kelly, Levittown, PA
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