Tired of Toein' the Line

Album: The Son of Rock and Roll (1980)
Charted: 8
  • In this song, Rocky Burnette is ready to leave a dying relationship, as he's tired of toein' the line. Despite the somber sentiment, it's a catchy upbeat tune that was welcomed in the post-disco era. Burnette said that he wrote the song in about 20 minutes.
  • Rocky is the son of rockabilly pioneer Johnny Burnette; his uncle Dorsey and nephew Billy are also notable musicians. "Tired of Toein' the Line" ended up being his only hit; the follow-up, "Fallin' In Love (Bein' Friends)" stalled at #109.
  • Ron Coleman is credited as a writer on this song with Burnette. A Los Angeles musician, Coleman also co-wrote the Rosie Flores song "Somebody Loses, Somebody Wins."
  • The music video for this song was in many ways ahead of its time, as MTV was still a year away and most American artists weren't even making videos. Burnette is backed in the video by beautiful girls miming various instruments - something Robert Palmer would do years later on his famous videos. There are also scenes of Burnette dressed up as a fireman and blasting water at the girls, a forebear of the wet video vixen videos that came later.


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