No list of great outlaw songs is complete without a mention of Johnny Paycheck performing “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)”. An epic play on words, Paychecks tells of bad deeds despite a mother’s love.
“I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)” was written by Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers, and Mack Vickery, and the lyrics are witty, crisp, and right on target. The real hero in this song is Johnny Paycheck. Paycheck is an animated performer and he could make any song better.
More on Johnny Paycheck and “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)”
- The song was on the album Slide Off Your Satin Sheets, and was the last song on the “A Side”
- “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)” has been covered by George Jones and Hank Williams III.
- The song was released in 1977 and was smack dab middle in a string of hits for Johnny Paycheck.