She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)

Album: The Man With the Golden Thumb (1982)
Charted: 57

Songfacts®:

  • Written by Nashville-based songwriter and record executive Tim DuBois, this satirical track tells the story of a messy divorce that ends in favor of the wife and leaves the husband "workin' two shifts eatin' baloney." The song went to #1 on the country chart and landed at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Reed actually had a long marriage to fellow country singer Priscilla "Prissy" Mitchell, from 1959 until Reed's death in 2008.
  • This was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance but lost to Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind."
  • Reed performed this as a duet with Dolly Parton, who added a verse from the wife's perspective, on her variety show Dolly! in 1987.
  • This was featured in the 2010 action comedy The Bounty Hunter, starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler.

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